CBD for Multiple Sclerosis [How it Works]

June 11, 2018

CBD for Multiple Sclerosis [How it Works]

Across America alone, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is estimated to affect around 400,000 people, with approximately 10,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. This disease affects both men and women, although it is found to be more common in women, and can be incredibly debilitating.

With treatments currently falling short of the mark, and figures for the condition getting worse, it seems many are now starting to turn to marijuana as a potential treatment for the condition.

But can CBD (the cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant) help with Multiple Sclerosis? We are going to explore the benefits of the cannabinoid in treating MS, and whether you should consider it as a potential treatment.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the immune system; it can affect both the brain and/or spinal cord, and unfortunately is a lifelong condition. While the condition often varies in severity, and symptoms are generally treatable there are no current options available that provide great deals of relief without any adverse side effects.

Those diagnosed with MS are likely to have a shorter life expectancy than average, and it tends to affect those aged between 20-30 the most, although it can change those outside of this age bracket as well.

MS essentially is the body attacking its immune system, meaning that the nerve fibers are attacked, and over time this turns into scar tissue, which then has a knock-on effect on the rest of the bodies functions. When that neurological communication is interrupted in the body, it affects everything from the ability to move, feel emotions and even an individual’s behavior.

MS is an autoimmune condition meaning that it is caused when something goes wrong with the immune system. In the case of MS, the immune system attacks the layer that protects the nerves, known as the myelin sheath. The damage done to the sheath and the nerves beneath mean that messages that are traveled around the body get disrupted.

However, there is no specific trigger known that cause the immune system to behave this way in the first place.

What Are The Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis?

Like with many conditions, the symptoms of MS can vary widely from one person to the next, depending on many factors. However here is a list of the main symptoms of MS:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle spasm and stiffness
  • Cognitive problems such as thinking, learning, and planning
  • Numbness or tingling in different areas of the body
  • Incontinence
  • Balance and coordination difficulties

This is just a handful of the symptoms that come with having MS, and unfortunately most cases of multiple sclerosis progress and get steadily worse over time.

What Are The Current Treatments Available For Multiple Sclerosis?

Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are many treatments that can help control the symptoms of the condition. Of course, the treatment differs depending on your specific symptoms, and what may work for one person may not work for the next.

Treatments for multiple sclerosis can vary depending on which stage of the condition the patient is at. The stages of MS, of which there are four, vary in severity and therefore require specific treatments to combat the symptoms. The four stages of MS are:

  • Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
  • Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
  • Primary – Progressive MS (PPMS)
  • Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS)

There are many prescription medications on offer for MS, some of which include the likes of Betaseron, Copaxone, and Rebif. Unfortunately, as is the case with so many conditions, the medications on offer can often cause more harm than good and do little in the way of treating the disease itself.

It is also possible to treat some symptoms of MS with diet and exercise, and to an extent, this can go a long way to helping some of the conditions side effects. The MS Society advises low impact movements to help combat some of the stiffness and mobility issues that come with having MS.

In a nutshell, while there is plenty of choice for victims of MS, the reality is that many people are turning to CBD oil as a potential solution to their condition. With most prescriptions meds either costing too much, not being effective enough or merely causing too many of their side effects.

CBD Oil For Multiple Sclerosis

Perhaps one of the worst aspects of multiple sclerosis is its highly unpredictable nature. While symptoms may be able to be controlled, it is difficult both mentally and physically to cope with the ever-changing pattern of the disease. With symptoms randomly coming and going on, and varying in severity many victims feel at a point of desperation with their condition.

For this reason alone, CBD oil seems like an interesting choice when we look at the proven abilities of the cannabinoid. While patients may not consistently take certain MS medications during times where their symptoms aren’t flaring up, due to side effects, CBD oil is a relatively safe and natural treatment, and can happily be consumed on a regular basis like any other daily supplement. 

We know from numerous years of clinical research that CBD possesses an impressive list of properties that can lend itself to a whole host of conditions. This is what we know CBD can do:

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Antiemetic
  • Analgesic

With this in mind, it seems clear that the non-psychoactive and 100% natural cannabinoid could go some way to providing much-needed relief to MS sufferers. But to get a clearer picture of how CBD can put its benefits to good use, we have outlined some of the main side effects of MS, and how CBD oil can help!

Pain

Much like many conditions, MS sufferers can experience varying levels of pain, which can be incredibly debilitating. Not to mention that most painkillers are incredibly addictive and often lose their efficacy over long-term use. CBD oil, however, works with the bodies endocannabinoid system to regulate many of the necessary functions; from temperature to the way we feel pain.

Using CBD oil as a form of neuropathic pain control not only provides a certain level of pain relief but also does so without the risk of addiction or indeed any nasty side effects.

Sleep Aid

For hundreds of years, cannabis has been used to aid sleep in those with and without medical conditions. While many assume it is the psychoactive compound THC that is behind the sleepy side effects, in fact, CBD has been proven to help with getting you off to sleep.

Those who have multiple sclerosis often struggle with sleep disturbances as a result of muscle spasms, and pain. CBD oil is a non-addictive way to combat that and to offer some needed relief to those with fatigue and insomnia issues.

Spasms

One of the most distinctive side effects of MS is the muscle spasm. These can differ in severity from a tight sensation in the muscle through to severe pain and uncontrollable spasms. Spasms like these usually occur in the legs and can even cause uncontrollable and random limb jerks and movements, which can be painful and embarrassing.

Anything from a change in position to a drop or rise in temperature can cause muscle spasms to occur; even tight clothing can kick it off! While there are medications to treat muscle spasms, there hasn’t been anything yet to take them away entirely. Most treatments are some muscle relaxant such as Baclofen.

We know from heavy research into CBD for epilepsy in children that CBD is a strong anti-spasmodic. It can naturally relax muscles without causing any other side effects.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to CBD for Multiple Sclerosis, these are only a few of the areas where the cannabinoid can help. Along with those we have discussed, there are also plenty other areas such as depression (which affects around 50% of MS sufferers) and for which CBD has been proven to help with. CBD is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which can have a massive impact on the severity of MS.

More research needs to be done into the condition, but so far the research into CBD looks favorable for the future of MS sufferers who are looking for a more natural alternative to current medication.

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Article Sources:

https://multiplesclerosis.net/what-is-ms/statistics/

 

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
 
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.