ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a disease in which the muscle become weak and atrophy over time. This happens as the nerve cells located in the spinal cord gradually die. These nerve fibers are responsible for supplying messages to the muscles. When the messages stop coming, the muscle cells die. The cause of this condition is not completely known but in a small percent it can be family related. A few medicines have been approved trying to save the nerve cells. The benefit is modest at best. The disease gets gradually worse affecting more and more muscles and is usually fatal.
Two drugs are FDA approved for this condition. Riluzole (Rilutek) is oral once a day treatment to increase life expectancy. Edaravone (Radicava) is an infusion to slow down the decline of the physical functioning. Physical therapy and occupational therapy can make life easier and more meaningful.
Medical marijuana can be of some help with spasticity or muscle stiffness, pain and anxiety associated with the disease. Whether there is any neuroprotective effect is yet to be proven. Some individuals have claimed that the marijuana can slow down the disease but this is not considered a fact at this time. Patients frequently lose weight with ALS and THC can help increase appetite of the patient. No one strain of marijuana is known to be the best for ALS but since some strains have a propensity to help one condition and a different one for a different effect, It is best that you ask us for our Doctor’s opinion regarding the main symptom and which strain would be recommended.
Research is demonstrating the significant benefit that cannabis can have on your health and wellbeing. Medical Cannabis Clinics of Florida is the leader when it comes to helping patients find the right cannabis treatment method for their conditions. With cannabis clinics serving the areas of Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Lake Nona, Orlando, Deerfield Beach, Lantana, Harmony, Poinciana and Celebration, you now have outstanding access to a medical marijuana doctor that truly understands your needs.