CBD Oil for Multiple Sclerosis
Is it the Real Deal?
Multiple Sclerosis: What it is, what it does, and how people get it
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society defines MS as an “immune-mediated” condition in which fibers of the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves) are attacked by the body’s own immune system.
Once the nerve fibers are attacked, scar tissue begins to form, which interrupts crucial neurological communication between the brain and other parts of the body. This communication is vital for essentially every function in the human body – motor, behavioral, emotional, or otherwise.
The severity of symptoms that multiple sclerosis victims experience thus depends on the location of the affected nerve fibers, as well as how many fibers are attacked — and how often. In milder cases, symptoms may be as moderate as mood swings or muscle spasms, while in more severe cases victims may end up with paralysis and/or a complete inability to control bodily functions.
In terms of prevalence, multiple sclerosis is a relatively rare disease; it affects about 2 million more worldwide. And while researchers are still in the dark as to what exactly triggers it,
Additionally, genetics and family history seem to play an important part as well in the initial onset, as does the combination of being exposed to some particular “environmental agent”, though experts have failed to elaborate on what those agent(s) may be.
The good news, if there is any, is that contrary to popular belief the vast majority of sufferers do not experience overly-debilitating symptoms. Most, in fact, do maintain relatively normal day-to-day lives.
Also contrary to popular belief is the notion that multiple sclerosis is a terminal disease; while it is true that in some instances the disease is highly degenerative (meaning it gets worse over time) and ends in death, the a
CBD Oil for Multiple Sclerosis: Is it the Real Deal?
The fact that CBD oil for multiple sclerosis has shown potential to offer efficient and productive relief from the disease is irrelevant – if it’s not financially viable for the drug manufacturers, you’re likely not going to see the majority of physicians prescribing it. And of course, there’s nothing financially viable about a 100% natural plant that you can grow in your own home.
CBD, Multiple Sclerosis, and What you Need to Know
One thing we didn’t necessarily clarify is the difference in function between CBD and THC. THC, of course, is the archetypal marijuana component; it’s what’s responsible for getting us high, and is what has been the driving force behind generations of legal condemnation and “lazy stoner” typecasts.
CBD, on the other hand, has none of these psychoactive properties – it won’t get you any more ‘high’ than a tablet of ibuprofen will. Rather, the molecule functions as an “endocannabinoid supplement”; that is to say, our bodies are chock-full of 100% natural cannabinoid receptors that work hand-in-hand with 100% natural endocannabinoids.
If there is an absence or deficiency in the production of these endocannabinoids, the receptors will not be able to function properly. And it just so happens that the central nervous system is the region of the body that’s most densely populated with cannabinoid receptors – the same region where multiple sclerosis attacks nerve fibers.
Could, then, multiple sclerosis potentially be a disease hinged on a basic endocannabinoid deficiency? While no one can answer that question without years of continued research, much of the anecdotal evidence is suggesting that an uncanny relationship may exist between the two components.
For the time being, at least, it seems multiple sclerosis sufferers will continue to have to rely on self-treatment methods, and, unless they live in a medically legalized state, will have to resort to “non-conventional” approaches in order to obtain alternative medications like CBD oil.