Treating Neurodegenerative Conditions with Medical Marijuana

Neurodegenerative diseases target an individual’s central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. Such conditions are caused by damaged neurons, whose primary function is to communicate with other neurons and to send signals to other parts of the body. These neurons allow us to move, touch, digest, breathe, and in short, to live. Neurodegenerative diseases are extremely debilitating and can take a grave toll on one’s quality of life. Research and studies suggest, however, that various cannaboid therapy methods can help treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and ALS. Alzheimer’s alone affects more than 5.3 million Americans, which translates to roughly one in every eight Americans over the age of 65. Countless studies and research suggest that not only is there little evidence to draw a correlation between cannabis usage and long-term cognitive deficits, but that cannabinoid medicine may actually prove itself as an effective treatment for conditions that impact the central nervous system.

Alternative Therapy Method for Patients

According to a study published by the Journal of Neuroscience Research, there is evidence to suggest that medical marijuana can act as an anti-inflammatory and protective barrier for neurons. The study went on to report that low, non-psychoactive doses of THC were protective against “neuroinflammation-induced cognitive damage.”

At the conclusion of the study, researchers found that whole-plant cannabis medicine can be a safe therapy method for patients who are having difficulty controlling the symptoms of their condition with traditional forms of treatment therapy. In light of these findings, scientists went on to say increased cannabis research could possibly open the doors for therapies that may help prevent progression and potentially initial diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases.

At New Jersey Alternative Medicine, we treat patients diagnosed with ALS, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and other qualifying conditions. Our doctor is board-certified and specializes in pain medicine and management.

To learn how our New Jersey medical marijuana doctor can help, call (865) 351-5277 to request an appointment.