Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
Suffered by many people worldwide, which can lead to significant disability as well as reduced quality of life.
Muscular dystrophy has no cure, but symptoms can be managed with treatments. Medical cannabis has shown promise in managing muscular dystrophy symptoms. Cannabis, also known as medical cannabis contains several natural compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating a range of functions, including pain, inflammation, as well as muscle control. The use of medical cannabis is prescribed for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, nausea and muscle spasms. The ability of medical cannabis to alleviate muscle spasms and stiffness is one of its most promising developments for muscular dystrophy. Multiple sclerosis, a condition that shares some regular characteristics with muscular dystrophy, can be effectively managed with cannabis-based treatments. Medicinal cannabis may also reduce inflammation and pain associated with muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy often causes chronic pain. Traditional pain medications may not consistently be effective. Medical cannabis, on the other hand, has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in a range of conditions. For certain types of chronic pain, cannabinoids have even been shown to be more effective than traditional pain medications. Medical cannabis is still in its infancy for treatment for muscular dystrophy. The optimal dosages, formulations and methods of administration of medical cannabis for patients with muscular dystrophy require further study.