All About Hepatitis C


Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage.

Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com

Symptoms

In the early stages of this disease it’s considered ‘silent’ meaning there are little to no symptoms present. As the disease progresses, however, and the liver becomes damaged, there symptoms are present:

  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Itchy skin
  • Excess fluid in the abdomen
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech
  • Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin

Causes of Hepatitis C

The hep C virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood either from birth, coming in contact with infected blood, sharing needles or something similar.

Prognosis

The prognosis for this disease is pretty good ! Many patients are able to manage their symptoms or they’re able to get a liver transplant if it comes to that. HCV sometimes leads to cirrhosis but usually takes between 20 to 30 years to get to that point.

Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps with nausea, pain and fatigue. Additionally:

  • 2006 report suggested that marijuana might help these patients complete the full regimen, treating the liver and symptoms both.
  • Also, additional research has shown that the activation of CB2 receptors in the liver actually inhibits or even reverses the fibrogenesis that characterizes liver damage, which has encouraged scientists to focus on clarifying the function of these receptors, as well as demonstrating outcomes among patients with liver damage.
  • In one review of the available science, marijuana users showed a decreased prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 
  • A study in Liver International suggested that drinkers who used cannabis had significantly lower odds of developing liver disease.
  • And a French study focusing on patients with both HCV and HIV showed that regular pot use was associated with a lower risk of fatty liver disease for these patients.

Marijuana strains that help with eye pressure include:

  • Lavender: This indica-dominant strain is very potent with an average THC level around 27 percent. This uber-relaxing strain has a strong body high, making it very effective for nausea, anxiety and depression relief.
  • Blueberry Diesel: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. This typically has a slightly lower potency than some other popular strains, it still provides a very relaxing experience and is helpful to increase appetite, relieve nausea and ease pain.
  • Blue Dream: This sativa is described as energetic and creative while still giving a body high, relieving pain and paving the path to a restful night of sleep. Excellent for relieving nausea, Blue Dream also helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of different eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is one of the most vital parts of the eye for good vision. The damage is usually caused by extremely high pressure in the eye.

Photo by enfantnocta on Pexels.com

Symptoms

The two types of glaucoma are open-angle and acute angle-closure. In open-angle glaucoma there are blindspots in both eyes. This means you either don’t have central vision or peripheral vision. In the advanced stages patients develop tunnel vision.

In acute angle-closure vision patients suffer from severe headaches, chronic eye pain and blurred vision. They also experience nausea and vomiting as well as eye redness.

Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the result of damage to the optic nerve. As the damage causes the nerve to progressively break down it leads to progressive blindness. The increased eye pressure is due to fluid build up and the moves around the eye. Glaucoma tends to run in families so it’s believed that genetics play a part in the disease.

Prognosis

With proper treatment eye sight can be salvaged some and blindness can be slowed. Much of it depends on the stage that the glaucoma is detected at.

Medical Marijuana and Glaucoma

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps take some of the pressure off the eye and relieves nausea and vomiting. Additionally:

  • This 1971 study found that ingestion of cannabis lowers lower intraocular pressure by 25-30%.
  • Opthamologists say smoking can lead to unstable intraocular pressure, thereby increasing the risk of permanent vision loss. So it’s best to ingest it by other means.

Marijuana strains that help with eye pressure include:

  • Rollex OG Kush: This indica-dominant strain relieves headaches associated with acute angle glaucoma to make the day more manageable.
  • LAPD: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind and and keeps you energized at the same time while relieving pain.
  • Santa Sativa: This sativa gives pain relief and cuts down on any nausea caused by glaucoma. The nausea and vomiting causes a loss of appetite as well which this strain brings back.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a neuro disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia, often shortened to just fibro, amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals.

Photo by Andrew Neel on Pexels.com

Symptoms

There are three primary symptoms of fibro and they are:

  • Widespread pain: The pain associated with fibro often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist. It’s typically triggered after a traumatic physical occurrence such as surgery or pregnancy.
  • Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired even after sleeping for more than 8 hours. Getting restful sleep is difficult due to the pain feeling “crushing” when they lay down. Patients with fibro also often have restless leg syndrome and/or sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties: “Fibro fog” impairs the patient’s ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.

Fibro often is accompanied with other conditions, such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraine and other types of headaches
  • Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome

Causes of Fibromyalgia

Many medical professionals and researchers believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brain and spinal cord of people with fibro to change. The change involves abnormal increases in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain. Additionally, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a sensitization to pain which is why they can overreact to painful and non-painful signals.

There are likely many factors that lead to these changes, including:

  • Genetics: Since fibro tends to run in families, there are reasons to believe that genetic mutations make you more susceptible the disorder.
  • Infections: Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibro.
  • Physical or emotional events: Fibro can sometimes be triggered by a physical event, such as a car accident, surgery or pregnancy. Prolonged psychological stress may also trigger the condition such as lifelong anxiety and depression.

Prognosis

The overall mortality is not increased in patients with fibro, and it is not an organ-threatening disease. However, many patients with fibro continue to suffer from long-term widespread pain since there is no cure.

Medical Marijuana and Fibromyalgia

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM has been used to treat epilepsy and stop seizures for at least a century. Additionally:

  • “One recent study found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) appears to be helpful in treating epileptic seizures in children. The researchers observed that for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and dissociative seizures, those given a treatment of oral CBD experienced a significant reduction in the frequency of their seizures compared to those taking a placebo; nearly 40 percent of those taking CBD had their seizure frequency reduced by 50 percent or more.
  • Separately, a recent evaluation of combination CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis oil also saw a significant drop in seizure frequency among children with Dravet syndrome, with seizure frequency reduced by an average of 70 percent over the course of the 20-week study period.” (Analytical Cannabis Co) 

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Granddaddy Purple: This indica strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with helping with muscle stiffness and pain. Patients say it gives the body a dreamy feeling in low doses that is great for relaxing when it’s not time for bed yet.
  • Tahoe OG: This hybrid strain is 30/70 in indicas favor, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind, eases your pain and helps you get to sleep.
  • Harlequin: This potent sativa has a higher CBD content and helps patients have both less pain and less anxiety without so many psychoactive effects.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic disease that causes unprovoked, seizures regularly. A seizure is defined a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain that causes uncontrollable shaking. There are two main types of seizures, general and focal. Generalized seizures affect the whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, affect just one part of the brain. Each type has several subtypes and we’ll discuss a few.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Symptoms

Simple partial epileptic seizures don’t involve a loss of consciousness. However, symptoms do include distorted taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch as well as dizziness, tingling and twitching. Complex seizures involve either a loss of awareness or a loss of consciousness. Other symptoms include staring blankly, performing repetitive movements and/or unresponsiveness.

Tonic seizures only involve muscle stiffness while atonic seizures lead to loss of muscle control where the main danger is falling and hitting your head. Clonic seizures cause repeated, jerky muscle movements in the face, neck and arms.

Causes of Epilepsy

For over 60% of people with epilepsy the cause can’t be determined. In the other close to 40% it seems to mostly be heredity. There is a list of things, however, that we know can lead to seizures and those include:

  • traumatic brain injuries
  • scarring on the brain after a brain injury (called post-traumatic epilepsy)
  • grave illness or very high fever (over 105 degrees)
  • stroke (which is a leading cause of epilepsy in people over age 35)
  • other vascular diseases
  • lack of oxygen to the brain
  • brain tumors or cysts
  • dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • maternal drug use, prenatal injury, brain malformation, or lack of oxygen at birth
  • infectious diseases such as AIDS and meningitis
  • genetic or developmental disorders or neurological diseases

Prognosis

Looking through your medical history and symptoms will help your doctor decide which tests will be helpful to run. You’ll probably have a neurological examination to test your motor abilities and mental functioning first. In order to diagnose epilepsy, other conditions that cause seizures have to be ruled out.

Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM has been used to treat epilepsy and stop seizures for at least a century. Additionally:

  • “One recent study found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) appears to be helpful in treating epileptic seizures in children. The researchers observed that for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and dissociative seizures, those given a treatment of oral CBD experienced a significant reduction in the frequency of their seizures compared to those taking a placebo; nearly 40 percent of those taking CBD had their seizure frequency reduced by 50 percent or more.
  • Separately, a recent evaluation of combination CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis oil also saw a significant drop in seizure frequency among children with Dravet syndrome, with seizure frequency reduced by an average of 70 percent over the course of the 20-week study period.” (Analytical Cannabis Co) 

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Mud Bite: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with helping with muscle stiffness.
  • Double Stuffed Sorbet: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind and and keeps you energized at the same time as many patients suffer from fatigue since seizures can be very exhausting.
  • Robert Plant: This potent sativa gives patients a head rush and many claim that it has helped them have seizures less frequency. The results on this one are purely anecdotal but seem to be reliable.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Crohn’s

Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which often leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation that’s caused by Crohn’s can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. This inflammation often spreads into the deeper layers of the bowel.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Symptoms

Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula)

Causes of Crohn’s

We don’t yet know what the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is but research done has gotten us closer to the answer. At one point doctors and scientists believed diet and stress were the cause, but now doctors know that these factors may exacerbate the disease but not cause it. Several factors, such as heredity and a malfunctioning immune system, likely play a role in its development.

  • Immune system. It’s possible that a virus or bacterium may trigger Crohn’s disease; however, scientists haven’t identified a trigger. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract as well.
  • Heredity. Crohn’s is more common in people who have family members with the disease, so it’s likely that it plays a role in making people more susceptible. Most people with Crohn’s disease don’t have a family history of the disease though so this is really just a theory.

Prognosis

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong, chronic condition that varies widely from person to person. There’s currently no cure for the disease. Treatment for Crohn’s disease typically involves a customized program to reduce the inflammation that triggers many symptoms.

Medical Marijuana and Crohn’s

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana (MM) eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and nausea that comes along with the disease in addition to boosting the patient’s mood.

Marijuana strains that help with Crohn’s symptoms include:

  • Medicine Man: This indica-dominant strain lives up to its name by delivering potent pain relief with high levels of THC.
  • Hog’s Breath: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It is known for its potency against pain and anxiety.
  • Jean Guy: This is a potent sativa has high THC content and energizing effects. A great one to start your day cramp-free.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and its qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About CTE

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better known as CTE, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain damage. It usually occurs in athletes who are playing heavy contact sports. Symptomatic concussions and asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head are both equally a threat to someone as far as possibly developing CTE.

Photo by Jim De Ramos on Pexels.com

Symptoms

The symptoms of CTE can begin sometimes years or even decades after the last brain trauma. Symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impulse control problems
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidality
  • Parkinsonism
  • Progressive dementia

Causes of CTE

There’s little evidence of what exactly causes this disease. The best available evidence tells us that CTE is caused by repetitive hits to the head sustained over a period of years. This doesn’t happen from just a few hits to the head. Most people diagnosed with CTE suffered hundreds or thousands of head impacts over the course of many years playing contact sports or serving in the military. Also it’s not just concussions, some studies point towards subconcussive impacts, or hits to the head that don’t cause full-blown concussions, as the biggest factor.

Prognosis

Many people who show signs of CTE live healthy and fulfilling lives for years. Regular exercise and good nutrition can help manage symptoms, including pain and stress. CTE can only definitely be diagnosed after death because the indication is deep within the brain tissue.

Medical Marijuana and CTE

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and frustration that comes along with memory loss amongst other things. Additionally:

  • 2002 study on rats and mice concluded that these neuroprotective agents could counteract the negative effects of a traumatic brain injury, including symptoms like swelling. 
  • Another research project conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health further highlighted THC’s and CBD’s neuroprotective qualities when the brain is exposed to toxic levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter responsible for memory and learning.
  • In a human study, a 2018 study found medical marijuana reduced chronic pain and dizziness associated with a concussion in a majority of patients

Marijuana strains that help with CTE symptoms include:

  • The Black: This indica-dominant strain helps with brain spasticity, slowing the progression of the disease. It can also help relieve migraines associated with the disease.
  • Cannatonic: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It helps with inflammation and swelling in the brain.
  • Bay 11: This is a potent sativa to help with brain spasticity as well. It’s excellent for daytime relief as it won’t leave the patients couch locked.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and its qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Cancer

There are many different kinds of cancer that can affect different parts of the body. Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases where some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

How Does Cancer Happen

Cancer can start just about anywhere in the body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Usually, our cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells get old or suffer damage, they die, and new cells take their place.

When cancer develops, however, this process breaks down and goes differently. As cells become more and more abnormal, old and/or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form what we call tumors.

Tumors

Most cancers form solid tumors, which are masses of tissue. Cancers in the blood, such as leukemia, generally won’t form a solid tumor.

Cancerous tumors are called malignant, which means they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor.

Malignant or Benign

Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumors can sometimes be pretty large though. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening.

Symptoms of Cancer

Cancers can cause many symptoms, but these symptoms are most often caused by illness, injury, or benign tumors. If you have symptoms that don’t get better after a few weeks, see your doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Often, cancer does not cause pain, so do not wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. Marijuana helps slow down the division of cells, helps improve the quality of sleep and helps stimulate the patients appetite,

Marijuana strains that help with associated insomnia and loss of appetite include:

  • OG Kush: This popular indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety, soothes the body and promotes a good night’s sleep to ward of fatigue the following day.
  • Pennywise: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. This strain is also very high in CBD. It offers patients the mental relief they need.
  • Sour Lemon: This sativa strain helps with stress relief and the depression that comes along with chronic illness. It also promotes a healthy appetite and gives an ample amount of energy to fight fatigue.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Cachexia

Cachexia is a “wasting” disorder that causes extreme weight loss and muscle atrophy and can include loss of body fat. This disorder affects people who are in the late stages of incurable diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, COPD, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

More Than Weight Loss

The difference between cachexia and other types of weight loss is that cachexia is involuntary. Patients who develop this disease don’t lose weight because they’re trying to get fit with diet or exercise. They lose the weight because they eat less due to different medical reasons. At the same time, the patients metabolism also changes, which causes their body to break down too much muscle. Both inflammation and substances created by tumors can affect appetite and cause the body to burn calories more quickly than usual.

Categories of Cachexia

There are three main categories of the disease. They vary by severity of the symptoms.

Precachexia

This is when a patient loses up to 5 percent of their body weight without having any known illnesses. Other symptoms present include loss of appetite, change in metabolism and inflammation around the body.

General Cachexia

This is when a patient loses more that 5 percent of their body weight in a year or less without trying. Diagnosis is given if no other illnesses are identified. At this stage, patients also experience fatigue and loss of muscle strength.

Refractory Cachexia

This diagnosis is coupled with cancer and is present in patients who aren’t responding to cancer treatment.

Associated Conditions

Around three-fourths of patients who have late stage cancer also have cachexia. Tumor cells release substances that reduce appetite. Cancer and its treatments can also cause severe nausea or damage the digestive tract, making it hard to eat and absorb nutrients. As the body gets fewer nutrients, it burns fat and muscle. Cancer cells use what limited nutrients are left to help them survive and multiply.

Cachexia also happens in the later stages of congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, cystic fibrosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of Cachexia

Patients with cachexia aren’t just losing weight, they’re losing muscle mass, which is dangerous. Along with losing at least 5% of your body weight within a year, at least three of these symptoms must be present:

  • reduced muscle strength
  • fatigue
  • appetite loss
  • anorexia
  • low BMI
  • high levels of inflammation
  • anemia
  • low levels of protein

Medical Marijuana and Cachexia

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. Marijuana helps slow down denigration of the muscles, helps improve the quality of sleep and helps stimulate the patients appetite,

Marijuana strains that help with associated muscle problems and loss of appetite include:

  • Deep Purple: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep to ward of fatigue the following day.
  • Double Stuffed Sorbet: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes and uplifts you along with loosening the muscles and encouraging food consumption.
  • Haze Wreck: This sativa strain helps with stress relief and the depression that comes along with chronic illness. It also promotes a healthy appetite and gives an ample amount of energy.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease that slowly but progressively destroys memory and thinking skills. It eventually takes away the ability to even carry out simple tasks. In most people, symptoms don’t appear until your mid-sixties.

Photo by Pixabay

Symptoms

The most dominant symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. It’s also the first sign that indicates someone may have the disease. Some people in general with memory problems have what’s called mild cognitive impairment or MCI. It’s when your memory issues are abnormal for your age but have little effect on the quality of your life. Some people eventually go back to normal cognition but those who don’t are likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

There are 7 stages of Alzheimer’s depending on how severe the symptoms are. Memory loss, or cognitive difficulties, look like wandering and getting lost in familiar places, trouble handling money and understanding bills, repeating questions and taking longer than normal for simple tasks.

Causes of Alzheimer’s

Unfortunately, science has not yet figured out fully how one comes to develop Alzheimer’s. In people with early on-set, when the disease becomes apparent before age 50, the cause is thought to be genetic mutation. However, no specific gene has been isolated.

Interesting fact: Most people with Down Syndrome also develop Alzheimer’s.

Prognosis

The rate at which this disease progresses varies widely due to the factors being largely unknown. On average people live between 3 to 11 years after being diagnosed. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death because impaired swallowing allows food and drinks to enter the lungs and cause infections. Secondary is dehydration and malnutrition due to forgetting to eat and drink.

Alzheimer’s can only definitely be diagnosed after death because the indication is deep within the brain tissue.

Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer’s

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and frustration that comes along with memory loss. Additionally:

  • 2018 study published in Neuroscience found that exposing mice with Alzheimer’s to THC resulted in better memory performance and reduced neuronal loss compared to a control group.
  • 2016 study confirmed that THC promotes the removal of harmful proteins known to contribute to Alzheimer’s in human brain cells.
  • 2014 study found that THC inhibits the buildup of amyloid plaque – the specific kind linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Purple Kush: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with after-effects that lessen mood swings in the morning.
  • Dutch Dragon: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind and and keeps you energized at the same time as many patients suffer from chronic fatigue.
  • Doctor Doctor: This sativa is high in CBD so the patients won’t have so much of a psychoactive effect. This is important because the nature of the disease often leaves these patients disoriented. It’s also great for ridding anxiety and reducing inflammation in the brain.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.

All About ALS

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It’s also called the Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after a player of the New York Yankees. It’s an incurable disease that attacks the nervous system, causing loss of muscle control. Awareness of it gained a lot of traction in 2014 with the ice bucket challenge. The challenge went viral on social media and garnered support from many celebrities and patients alike.

crop orthopedist examining back of anonymous patient in clinic

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of ALS vary from person to person but there are a group of things that are common amongst most patients. ALS attacks the brain and spine so how it manifests within you depends on which neurons were affected. They might include:

  • Difficult walking
  • Frequent trips and falls
  • Weakness in your legs, feet or ankles
  • Clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Muscle cramps and twitching
  • Inappropriate crying or laughing
  • Excessive yawning
  • Sudden behavioral changes

The hands are feet are usually affected first and breathing last. Contrary to popular belief, there’s usually little to no pain associated with this disease. Usually when pain occurs there’s another known or unknown disease underlying.

Causes and Risk Factors of ALS

Clinical research leads us to believe that around 10% of patients with ALS inherited it from a relative. Aside from that theory, the cause is widely unknown. We do however, know that certain other things put you at risk. Being between the ages of 40 and 65, a male and having ALS put you at the highest risk. This disease can also be triggered by things like smoking tobacco and traumatic injuries.

Prognosis

ALS is a degenerative disease, meaning symptoms get worse over time. As it progresses, several complications arise that lead to death. ALS paralyzes the muscles needed to breathe which causes sleep apnea. The vocals cords eventually become paralyzed too, causing slurred speech then mutism. The muscles required for swallowing get damaged which increases the likeliness that food and liquid can enter the lungs.

Medical Marijuana and ALS

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. Marijuana helps slow down denigration of the muscles, helps improve the quality of sleep and helps bring back the patients appetite to ward off muscle atrophy and malnutrition; both of which are results of ALS.

Marijuana strains that help with associated muscle problems include:

  • Arctic Blue: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with helping with muscle stiffness.
  • Super Sour OG: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes and uplifts you along with loosening the muscles and relieving pain.
  • Blue Wreck: This sativa-dominant hybrid strain also makes you feel clear-headed and euphoric.

Want to know more about medical marijuana and it’s qualifying conditions ? Subscribe to our blog !

Join 16 other followers

Already have a diagnosis ? To book an appointment for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, click here.