Cannabinoids Multiple Sclerosis - What Are The Best Strains For MS?
What Is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a variant of cannabis. It is one of the major phytocannabinoids. The CBD oil formulation products in the markets these days are derived from the oil of hemp plants. CBD has been used in medical sciences for the treatment of various diseases since ages. There is a whole list of medical conditions which can be treated effectively by using CBD. A few of them are listed as follows:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Breast Cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
The list then continues. Among these diseases, CBD has also shown marked effects in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Let us today learn about this disease and its treatment by CBD.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Our brain and spinal cord contains many neurons that are responsible for the transmission of signals, from the point of stimulus in the body to our brain, where the signal is received and acted upon. These neurons are covered by a nerve sheath called ‘myelin’. The function of myelin sheath is to protect our neurons from damage.
Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which this very myelin sheath is destructed or degenerated, leaving out the neurons vulnerable to easy damage. This is classically seen as a triad of: Plaque/ lesion formation in the central nervous system, inflammation, and destruction of the myelin sheath.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, which means the body produces antibodies against its own cells, being the myelin sheath in this case. The exact cause is unknown; however, some risk factors might contribute to the initiation of this disease, such as:
- Exposure to toxins
- Infectious agents
- Northern European populations
- Genetic predisposition
- Association with other autoimmune disorders
Signs And Symptoms:
Multiple Sclerosis has a wide symptom range. This is because symptoms appear in regard to the area of body in which the neurons are damaged. A few symptoms include:
- Sensory Synptoms: These include pain and paraesthesia (loss of sensation)
- Visual Symptoms: These include nystagmus (continuous oscillation of eye balls), diplopia (double vision), and blurred vision.
- Urinary Symptoms: These include increased frequency, urgency and incontinence.
- Musculoskeletal Symptoms: These include weakness, spasms and loss of motion or ataxia
- Other Symptoms: depression, fatigue, cognitive impairment, unstable mood etc
Cannabidiol Multiple Sclerosis
CBD can treat multiple sclerosis by the virtue of its following mode of action:
- Anti Inflammatory:
- Anti Spasmodic:
- Anti Depressant:
- Abdominal Complants:
CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory. It works by reducing the inflammation which is a characteristic feature of multiple sclerosis. The damage to neurons is reduced once the inflammation is reduced.
If MS targets specific nerve cells of our musculoskeletal system, which might lead to spasms. This is the point where CBD acts upon to reduce the muscular spasms.
Multiple Sclerosis also causes pain due to activation of the pain receptors. If treated with CBD, these pain signals are lowered and the pain is alleviated to a great extent.
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system of our body, which is responsible for the homeostasis mechanism; or in other words, the system which is responsible to keep our body functions in a balanced environment. This way, CBD helps the body to create a balance between the hormones that are associated with depression, which in turn alleviates the depression caused in MS.
CBD has shown positive effects in treating fecal incontinence and constipation. These are the symptoms that are associated with MS affecting the gastrointestinal system.
CBD Dosage For Multiple Sclerosis:
The average daily dosage of CBD is approximately 20-30 mg/day or 8-12 sprays. However, your health care provider is the best guide in this case.
Best Strains For Multiple Sclerosis:
Among the multiple strains of cannabis, some of the strains that are best used for multiple sclerosis are as follows:
- Charlotte’s Web
- Sour Tsunami
Sativex For Ms:
Sativex is a formulated spray that contains adequate concentration of CBD and is used for the treatment of MS. In a research conducted earlier for the use of Sativex, it turned out that spasticity, which is a common complain of the MS patients, was greatly reduced with CBD use, and that helped the patients by improving their routine work activities.
Cannatonic CBD Oil:
Cannatonic is a variant of cannabis which is also available as sprays and drops in the market. It comes in three forms based on the concentration of THC it contains, along with fixed amounts of CBD. The product has gained great reviews regarding the treatment of convulsions, spasms, inflammation etc. Among various strains mentioned above in this article, Cannatonic has shown the best results in treating MS till now.
This article concludes that CBD is highly appreciated for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, for it produces great improvements in almost all of the symptoms. However, you should consult your physician before starting the CBD therapy, as it is always better to be in safe hands especially in the case of chronic progressive ailments.