According to the latest estimates, almost 2.3 million people have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across the globe, and that’s an alarming number. It is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the myelin sheath, which is a protective covering that encloses fibers of neurons in the brain and spinal column.
This prolonged inflammation results in irreversible tissue damage that hinders the communication between the nerves and the body through the central nervous system. The common symptoms of this condition are chronic pain, fatigue, loss of motor control, and muscle spasticity and weakness.
Research On CBD And MS
Extensive research has been conducted in the last few years to study the effects of CBD on the symptoms associated with MS.
Both psychoactive THC and non-psychoactive CBD contain natural compounds called cannabinoids. Research shows that these cannabinoids can reconstruct the natural process our body performs by interacting with endocannabinoids.
Patients with autoimmune diseases such as MS have endocannabinoid deficiency because the immune system attacks the DNA of the individual. This results in a breakdown in normal body processes, and the nervous system starts to malfunction. The cannabinoids found in CBD interact with the cannabinoid receptors and pain receptors in the body and speeds up the healing process.
Lessens Muscle Spasticity
CBD can remarkably reduce painful muscle spasms, including the spasms that cause the frequent urge to urinate.
In research conducted by Israel’s Tel Aviv University, researchers infected mice with the condition that imitates MS. The legs of the mice were crippled by stiffness. After the mice were injected with CBD, the mice were able to walk again. The experiment also showed a significant reduction in nerve damage and inflammation.
The majority of symptoms of MS start from chronic inflammation. CBD has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that dramatically improve the overall condition of patients with MS by preventing the attacks on the central nervous system.
Cannabinoids are also powerful antioxidants that contain neuroprotective properties. They also promote neurogenesis or the creation of new brain cells.
Chronic depression is one of the most troublesome symptoms for MS patients. The debilitating pain and the effects MS on the body leads to a low quality of life, and that pushes patients into a deep depression. All of this occurs due to the body’s inability to produce adequate endocannabinoids. CBD maintains sufficient levels of endocannabinoids. It lifts spirits and reduces the painful effects of MS that lead to depression.
Reduces Nerve Pain
CBD is a potent analgesic that significantly reduces pain associated with MS. It works actively on bringing down the inflammation, which is the primary reason behind chronic pain.
CBD industry is still going through ongoing research. So far, the results look very promising. It is a non-addictive and safe alternative to chemical-based medicines. It has countless benefits, with almost no side effects. You should always speak with your doctor or a healthcare professional before you start using CBD. Your health and wellbeing are very important to us.