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Cannabis for Rare Neurological Diseases and Disorders

Many states list a variety of rare neurological diseases and disorders as a qualifying condition. These are often rare genetic disorders, a specific form of dementia or additional symptom of another disorder (e.g. corticobasal degeneration, which is a symptom of Parkinson’s-plus disease, and occurs as a result of a malfunctioning development and buildup of tau proteins in astrocytes and glial cells), a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or excitotoxicity, a seizure disorder like hydrocephalus, a common side-effect of a neurological disorder (e.g. dystonia), or any number of disorders and diseases, including unusual tropical diseases!

There is some good evidence that medical cannabis can help treat a variety of neurological disorders, whether directly or indirectly (so just secondary symptoms associated with the main condition). Some of these conditions include:

These are just some of the examples, and there are many more.

There are several proposed mechanisms as to why medical cannabis and cannabinoids may help treat various kinds of neurological disorders. There is more evidence for some of the claims that others. These include:

However, there may be some potential problems when it comes to using medical cannabis for some kinds of neurological problems. These include:

  • Short-term memory loss with use of moderate or higher amounts of THC. This may be more apparent in less experienced users or younger patients.
  • Younger patients may be more sensitive to THC, and care should be taken when utilizing cannabinoids (especially psychoactive ones) for pediatric patients.
  • Cannabis may impair balance, and in some may enhance slurred speech.
  • Whilst low doses of THC can beat anxiety, higher doses may prompt it in some individuals.

So, whilst medical cannabis can be useful for many types of neurological disease or disorder, care must be taken with regards to ingestion method and dosage.

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