Cannabis is not for everyone and is often a last resort for people that have tried a variety of the pharmaceuticals with little relief or too many side effects. Strong evidence exists for the support of medical marijuana in treating MS symptoms and more scientific research will be conducted as government legislation changes. We strongly suggest you discuss the potential benefit of cannabis with your doctor or specialist.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a painful, debilitating disorder of the central nervous system. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. There is no cure for MS. Symptoms vary from person to person; however, one frequently noted symptom is spasticity, which causes pain, spasms, and loss of function. MS is an autoimmune disease, the exacerbations experienced with MS appear to be caused by abnormal immune activity that causes inflammation and the destruction of myelin (the protective covering of nerve fibers) in the brain or spinal cord.
COMMONLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS
Drugs commonly prescribed for muscle spasticity and tremor include Klonopin, Dantrium, Baclofen (Medtronic), Zanaflex, Klonopin (Clonazepam) and Valium (diazepam). These medications come with a list of side effects ranging from feeling lightheaded or drowsy, to slurred speech, blurred vision, changes in sexual drive and performance, gastrointestinal changes, muscle spasms and a fast or pounding heartbeat.
Cannabinoids are chemicals that are found naturally in marijuana. Researchers believe that these naturally found cannabinoids create immune suppression. Much like steroids, but with fewer side effects, cannabinoids can “switch off” a portion of the immune response and bring down inflammation and hyperactivity of immune cells, possibly preventing or slowing some of the damage caused to the myelin by immune cells. Cannabinoids do this by interacting with the receptors on specific immune cells.
SENSI TO THE RESCUE
MS Patients have described reduced symptoms such as muscle stiffness and tremors, and greater mobility. Many studies of the pharmacology of marijuana have identified effects on motor systems of the central nervous system that have the potential of affecting tremor and spasticity. Marijuana has demonstrated effects on immune function that also may have the potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying pathogenic process in MS. Patients who use Sensi Chews have expressed excellent results in addressing MS symptoms, and many have replaced pharmaceuticals completely. Sensi Chews are a family of potent cannabis infused chocolate caramels that are lab tested, come in resealable child-proof packaging, and dosed for ease of use. To learn more about Sensi Chews visit www.sensiproducts.com
BENEFITS OF CANNABIS
Improvements that many MS patients report include:
• Muscle spasms
• Bladder control