Medical Marijuana for those with Cerebral Palsy
For longer than a lot of people care to admit, marijuana has been used for its medical benefits to assist in the treatment of a variety of diseases and illnesses. It has helped ease the pain of Cancer and Arthritis patients, helped treat epilepsy and aided Post Traumatic Stress recovery, but a condition that affects more than 40 thousand Canadians and 17 million people world wide, Cerebral Palsy, could be the next condition treated by marijuana’s beneficial properties. Cerebral Palsy is a debilitating condition that primarily affects movement. It’s a permanent condition that generally worsens over time and is currently incurable
For those living with Cerebral Palsy there is a range of interventions that have the possibility of reducing the impact on an individuals quality of life. The treatments range from medications like Diazepam, more commonly known as Valium, to those that are administered through surgically implanted pumps. Children who take medications to treat Cerebral Palsy are at risk of their development being hindered due to the sedative effect that these medications have. There are various surgical procedures that can reduce the level of plasticity in children’s legs, but the procedure is extremely painful and only effective for a small percent of children. Other than speech therapies, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, there is no mild prevention for this disease, only harsh prescription medicines and surgical procedures – such as the implementation of splints and joint deformity correction procedures.
With the research growing on medical marijuanas effect on Cerebral Palsy there is now hope for those who are desperate to increase their quality of life. Marijuana has already been proven to reduce the severity of muscle spasms and speech impediments associated with Cerebral Palsy and has allowed individual to regain various levels of muscle control. Marijuana gives patients a chance for natural development in all aspects of their life.
* as always please be sure to consult with a health professional to assess the risks and rewards of adding medicinal cannabis to your treatment program.