Micah Rodriguez

New month, new medical condition to be aware of! March is Multiple Sclerosis awareness month

and this debilitating disease is a big one. What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? MS is a disease that targets and damages the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. The cause is still unknown, but body’s immune system begins to target these areas causing inflammation and breaking down myelin, the insulating material wrapped around our nerve fibers. This damage causes disruptions along the nerves which in turn causes many issues. Common symptoms can range in severity and can include chronic fatigue, walking problems, muscle spasticity, and vision loss. Some less common symptoms can include speech problems, hearing loss, and seizures. While these symptoms are scary enough on their own, there are also secondary symptoms like loss of muscle tone, and shallow breathing. The symptoms don’t stop there either, with tertiary symptoms like the social, psychological and job aspects of life that are being affected by the primary symptoms of MS.

There are four documented types of MS: relapse-remitting (RRMS), secondary-progressive (SPMS), primary-progressive (PPMS), and progressive-relapsing (PRMS).

RRMS is the most common form of MS and is characterized by a flare-up, or relapse, of MS symptoms. Afterwards, there is a period of remission where the symptoms can practically disappear, but the CNS is still being damaged. In SPMS, symptoms gradually get worse over time with or without remission stages. PPMS includes worsening symptoms over time, without any relapse or remissions. PRMS is rare is patients with MS, and is characterized as worsening symptoms from the start with acute relapses and no remissions.

While there has yet to be a cure found for MS, many years of research and studies have provided and broad range of treatments centered on the recovery of MS attacks and the prevention thereof. Medications can include prescriptions for: disease modification therapy, which are designed to delay progression, relapse management, and symptom management. Recently, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has taken a favorable stance on medical marijuana usage for MS patients. With evidence from studies showing cannabis and its components having positive effects on MS patients, cannabis is becoming a more accepted drug for patients. Benefits from consuming cannabis include reduced inflammation, reduced pain, and increased mood. As research continues, using medical marijuana to help treat symptoms of MS may be highly beneficial for patients. Here are a couple of strains that may help with MS symptoms.

If fatigue is the symptom in question, a super energizing sativa like Durban Poison may be the answer.

This Sativa dominant strain hails from Africa and the “poison” is more like a double shot of espresso in the morning! Durban Poison can brighten and energize the mind, making many tasks seem like a breeze. Let that breeze blow the fog and dreary clouds away, offering relief instead.

When looking to ease the muscle aches and inflammation, a high CBD strain like ACDC might be the strain to grab. Rocking higher levels of CBD with comparable THC levels, the pain washes away leaving users in a comfortable and functioning state thanks to the lower THC levels.

For a two birds, one stone scenario, Blue Dream might be the dream you’ve been chasing. Popular for both its pain relieving and antidepressant properties, this strain can be found most anywhere. The high associated with it is definitely true to its namesake, with a dreamy wave of comfort washing over the mind and body.

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