One of the many traumatizing life events we may ever come across is learning that a chronic illness lives inside of us. It should come as no surprise that when people find themselves in this situation, the vulnerability they feel can cause them to hang on to every last word their doctor says.
Unfortunately, countless medications prescribed by physicians and psychiatrists not only mislead suffering patients, but also cause calamitous long-term effects on the body.There is no denying that prescription drugs have had pernicious impacts on numerous men, women and children who suffer from an illness. Those who fall victim to the side effects of these deadly medications may be prone to drug abuse, addiction and lethal overdoses. It seems as though something isn’t right within the pharmaceutical industry…maybe even something missing from it.
There has to be more natural approach to treating the symptoms of life-threatening diseases rather than pumping patients with drugs that will inevitably fail them.But not everybody follows their doctor’s orders. Some patients have gone beyond what pharmaceuticals have to offer and turned to a plant that literally saves lives when chosen over prescription drugs.
Cannabis (also known as marijuana), has not been recognized by the FDA as medicine. Nevertheless, two main cannabinoids are exist in the cannabis plant that have done some serious eyebrow-raising in recent years. Cannabidiol (CBD), contains active ingredients from the plant but without the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that causes people to feel “high”. The compounds in CBD can dramatically reduce inflammation and pain in patients minus the psychoactive effects that come along with THC. CBD can also be used to treat a variety of chronic conditions and may come in the form of edibles (brownies, cookies, candies), oils, extracts, and much more. What is genuinely extraordinary is that there is an endocannabinoid system, a collection of endogenous cannabinoid receptors, that lies in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. CBD can also increase the amounts of endocannabinoids in your system.
Research continues to convey how this incredible network operates within the body and why medical cannabis is legitimately a miracle herb for treating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).A neurodegenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can cause patients to feel excruciating pain as they slowly lose their ability to move muscles and limbs. The immune system of an MS patient perceives neurons as threatening and invasive, resulting in the body’s own immune cells attacking the neurons. This is followed by a buildup of scar tissue that ultimately prevents neurons from sending basic signals to the rest of the body. Sadly, there is no cure for this condition yet. To make matters worse, treatment for MS usually includes severe medications with damaging effects. Cannabis has been said to be a godsend for MS patients by improving brain function and dramatically easing symptoms. Its groundbreaking success has caused it to gain validity around the world, leading to MS becoming a qualifying condition for cannabis treatment.
This is because cannabinoids are powerful anti-inflammatories; THC and CBD are compounds that deactivate the immune system, ceasing turbulent attacks on the central nervous system. Calming the immune system with cannabis ceases the attacks on the central nervous system. Cannabinoids also encourage a process called, neurogenesis, which creates new brain cells in adults and overall protects the brain.
They also protect eyes, quell nausea and vomiting, relieve diarrhea, reduce inflammation and can even help with stress-related depression. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is caused by the destruction of motor neurons, which are responsible for transmitting signals to muscles. Common symptoms of this threatening illness include weakness, slurred speech, dysfunction, and even difficulty walking or paralysis. Not only is there no cure, but many patients have died within five years of diagnosis. The worst part is while victims lose the ability to control their muscles, they still maintain cognitive function and are often very aware of their surroundings.
ALS patients can benefit immensely from cannabis since its compounds can ease pain, stimulate appetite and even have the ability to prevent cellular damage. Overall, analgesic effects and anti-inflammatory properties provided by medical marijuana may decrease the persistent pain ALS patients suffer from.