What is multiple sclerosis (MS)
According to the National MS Society; Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease which results in the destruction of the myelin sheath, a layer of insulation which protects neurons and preserves the strength of their signals. MS affects roughly 3 million people worldwide, with about 200 new cases each week in the United States. As MS causes the progressive loss of myelin, nerve signals facilitating vision, movement, feeling, and cognition can become disrupted.
Spasticity is the most common characteristic of multiple sclerosis. Spasticity is temporary contraction or loss of muscle tone due to erratic neuronal signaling. It can result in jerky movements or the feeling that your muscles are heavy or sticky.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms manifest as both acute, short-term “flare-ups” – temporary periods of severe symptoms – and progressive, long-term loss of motor control, feeling, cognition, and/or vision. The differences between these two distinct phases of multiple sclerosis shed light on the underlying pathology that leads to this debilitating condition.
How Can CBD help?
CBD and Cannabis have been known to improve cases of Multiple Sclerosis for quite some time. The relationship between the central nervous system and the endocannabinoid system correlate with each other on multiple levels. When CBD gets absorbed into the system and begins to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, there is a strong association of anti-inflammatory changes that occur at the cellular level within the central nervous system which can in fact improve one’s MS symptoms as such: increased duration of periods of remittance, decreased severity of periods of relapse, and overall slowing of the progression of the disease. According to the laboratory of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Osaka Ohtani University, “By limiting perforation of the blood-brain barrier, along with stimulating immune cells to favor reparation of damage as opposed to eradication of viable tissue, CBD can significantly impede the progression of multiple sclerosis because it reduces the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
CBD is known to improve the quality of life of individuals managing their condition, and ultimately it will lead to a deeper understanding of the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. If we can understand the root cause of MS, then maybe we’ll be able to prevent it from occurring in the first place.”
These breakthroughs are quite promising for people afflicted with MS and could prove fruitful in ultimately curing the disease as a whole. If you or anyone you know has MS, CBD could potentially provide some relief!