Article by Delilah Butterfield, Herb
Cannabis has been wildly successful in treating symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Patients all over the world have found much-needed relief from pain, gastrointestinal distress, muscle spasms, and even paralysis thanks to cannabis. But, how can a herb possibly be so effective in treating an incurable neurodegenerative disorder? The answer to this question will amaze you. Here’s how cannabis eases symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Tracey is a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patient. After living with the condition for decades, she made the unconventional choice to ease her MS with marijuana. As she speaks to her YouTube audience, her calm voice is laced with the wisdom gained only after coming to terms with years of discomfort.
When I use medical marijuana, I get to have a normal body. I get to have a normal body for a little while. That’s a freedom you need. It’s essential and very hard to just let go, because you can’t let go. There’s something in your brain that makes you feel tight and rotten as you can possibly feel. BOOM. And that’s what happens every day.
Tracy’s feelings about her body may hit close to home for many MS patients. Those living with this condition face an insurmountable amount of pain on a daily basis. A constant attack on the central nervous system means that they slowly lose their ability to move their muscles and limbs. Vision and other bodily functions are also affected.
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. For some reason, the immune system begins to think of neurons as harmful invaders. So, the body’s own immune cells begin to attack neurons. All of the self-inflicted damage causes a buildup of scar tissue. This means that neurons can no longer fire correctly to send basic signals to the rest of the body.
The condition affects millions of people worldwide, but there is no cure. Treatments with MS typically involve powerful drugs that aim to slow the progression of the disease, manage symptoms, and speed up recovery from attacks. This is where cannabis comes in. The herb can improve brain function and ease symptoms of MS.