Multiple Sclerosis is a life changing condition that has some problematic symptoms.
It’s estimated that around 127,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in the UK. It’s often found in people in their 20s and 30s although it may develop at any age. Yet, with all the treatments for the condition, multiple sclerosis and CBD may work well together to help with the side effects some may experience.
What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis (abbreviated to MS) is a condition that affects the brain and/or spinal cord. MS causes a wide range of symptoms including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, balance and sensation. It is a lifelong condition that sometimes causes serious disability, although it can often be mild.
MS occurs when the immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin that wraps around the nerve fibres to protect them. With no outer shell the affected nerves then become damaged and may form some scar tissue. The damage caused means the brain can’t send signals through the body in the usual way. The nerves then don’t work as they should to help movement and sense which is why some people have problems with their vision and balance.
How may Multiple Sclerosis and CBD work together?
CBD oil is the concentrated extract of the marijuana plant. The components that make up CBD are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids mimic the natural compounds that occur in the body, also known as endocannabinoid.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system within our bodies which keeps regulate the flow of signals sent between cells. Its goal is to maintain balance within the body. Endocannabinoids produce within a persons cells. They are then released on demand as a response to a trigger which may present itself as injury, illness, inflammation or other imbalances.
How CBD appears to work is it affects and improve the way cells communicate with each other. When taking cannabinoids, they interact with the already present endocannabinoid system and the cannabinoid receptors found in all human cells.
While there is currently no cure for MS plenty of research is taking place on the benefits of CBD on the condition. Despite the lack of research, people with MS are starting to take CBD. Those who have used it have found that their bodies feel better. They experience less pain, less spasticity and less fatigue.
While CBD is no cure or ‘quick’ fix for MS it is increasingly promising to be one of the more effective alternative methods of treatment out there.
When starting out using CBD oil, often people find how much they should take (dosing) confusing. If you would like some professional advice head to UK Cannabis Clinic.