Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a chronic degenerative neurological disease. This is a disease that is fatal in most people. The effects of the disease are such that it will cause degeneration of the brain cells and because the nervous system is not functioning properly, the muscles of the body will also become weak and inefficient. This leads to problems like respiratory failure and even death. The people who are affected by this disease can also suffer from muscle paralysis, muscle spasm or spasticity and even pain because of the contractures and muscle weakness. Currently, there is no treatment available for the disease and it is considered to be incurable.
There was a research article published in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, which made some sweeping comments about the role of marijuana in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The study showed that the disease could be controlled by marijuana, even if the medicine is taken in small amounts.
In the journal of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Other Motor Neuron Disorders, the research article published in 2004 said that the investigators at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco had identified that THC intake could prevent the progression of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The disease can be curbed and the life of the patient can be saved.
Animal models for study
Most of the studies that were published were based on animal models, but the truth is that these animal models can be replicated in human models quite easily. The studies in rats suffering from the disease showed that there was rarely any progression in the disease process. Instead, there was an immediate reduction in the disease burden.
Other ways in which THC helps treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
– Reduction in side effects: There is reduction in the side effects of the medications usually used for treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The usual medications can cause severe side effects, but when marijuana is used, it does not have any side effects, thus helping in only controlling the disease.
– Reduction in muscle spasm: The muscle spasm that occurs when there is nerve damage can also be countered with the use of marijuana. The reduced muscle spasm helps in providing better functionality to the affected person.
– Regeneration of brain cells: The other important way in which the THC present in cannabis helps is by helping in the regeneration of the brain cells. This not only prevents the control of the disease progression, but also helps in making the affected person feel better.