Multiple sclerosis or MS is a non-traumatic and yet quite disabling health condition that is affecting more than 1 million people in the US alone. In this neurological disease, a patient’s immune system attacks its neurons and slowly wipes out the protective myelin sheath.
And although people who suffer from MS don’t usually develop extreme disabilities, we still don’t have any absolute cure for this disease. And as of now, if you develop multiple sclerosis, there is no way this can be cured.
But many people are starting to use CBD alongside the usual medications of MS for better results. But does it really work? Can it really help us get over the symptoms of this disease?
In this article, we’re going to talk about what multiple sclerosis is and how CBD might help us in its treatment.
But before that, you need to know what CBD or CBD oil is.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that a lot of people use today because of these medical properties. And thanks to its different binding nature, it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects.
The psychoactive effects are caused by the THC which is another important chemical of cannabis. But CBD has a different molecular structure than cannabis and binds with the cannabis receptors differently. That’s why it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects like consuming the whole cannabis might cause you.
When CBD reaches our body, it goes down to our body’s endocannabinoid system or ECS. After that, it binds with the cannabis receptors of the system that causes a series of chemical reactions. This way, CBD helps our body adapt to changes in the outside environment and keeps us healthy.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
In a normal healthy body, our brain usually sends a chemical signal that travels through our nerve fibers to reach the final destination or the organ. And those nerve fibers are made of healthy neurons that bind together and creates the nerve fibers. So, without healthy neurons, your brain wouldn’t be able to send the chemical signals to perform bodily functions.
When someone suffers from multiple sclerosis, their body’s own immune system attacks their neurons’ outer protective layer or the myelin sheath. And because of that, the chemical signals from the brain suffers from a lot of disruption. And when the immune system totally destroys the nerve fiber’s myelin sheath, it becomes unable to carry out the brain’s signals.
We still don’t know the cause of the disease or why it occurs. But experts think that it happens because of either genetic reason or environmental effects.
Types Of Multiple Sclerosis?
According to the previous data, multiple sclerosis or MS generally occurs more in women than in men. And women are 3 times more likely to suffer from the condition. And although there are four different types of MS, medical tests can’t confirm what kind of MS someone has. In fact, it depends on the doctor’s ability to examine and determine the type of MS someone is suffering from.
Moreover, even if two different people have the same type of MS, their symptoms can be totally different.
Here are four different kinds of multiple sclerosis someone might suffer from:
- Relapsing-Remitting: More than 85% of all the cases of multiple sclerosis fall under this specific type. In this case, the symptoms of the MS can suddenly start manifesting and it may stay for quite a few hours. The symptoms may exist for more than 24 hours only to vanish ways all of a sudden. Then all the symptoms of MS will come back again after a few times. You must note that in this form of MS, the patient will manifest either mild or severe symptoms of MS. And the symptoms’ intensity won’t change over time.
- Primary-Progressive: It’s the second most common type of multiple sclerosis which accounts for around 10% of all MS cases. In this case, the symptoms manifest at their mild form first and gradually become far worse over time.
- Progressive-Relapsing: In this case, the patient first shows mild symptoms that gradually become worse over time. And then it vanishes all of a sudden.
- Secondary-Progressive: People who have previously suffered from relapsing-remitting MS could develop this type of MS after a while. In this state, the symptoms will only become worse over time and it won’t go away.
How CBD Might Help With Multiple Sclerosis?
After a few clinical studies on CBD’s effects on our body, experts are hopeful that it might help us fight multiple sclerosis effectively. Below are some ways CBD might help us treat multiple sclerosis:
- One of the main reasons why people suffer from relapsing-remitting MS or RRMS is because of the early chronic inflammation. Experts have proved that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which can help us soothe the RRMS.
- When researchers used CBD along with THC on multiple sclerosis patients, it reduced their overall pain and muscle spasticity.
- In a few studies on animals, CBD reduced the symptoms of depression in animals. This anti-depressant property of CBD may help multiple sclerosis patients cope with their depression.
- Using CBD and THC together might help the opioid consumption of MS patients and keep them from being addicted.
Some Side Effects Of CBD
The WHO or World Health Organization has announced CBD to be safe for humans. In fact, many people are using it to get medical benefits and cope with over 40 different diseases. But no matter how great it might be, it also has some side effects that you should be aware of.
Here are some side effects of using CBD you should be aware of:
CBD Might Interact With Your Medicines
After an extensive study on CBD’s chemical properties, we know that CBD might interact with some of the pharmaceutical medicines. For example, in the case of epilepsy, CBD interacts with the medicines of epilepsy and dissolve them to reduce the side effects of the medicines. Although it’s beneficial for the patients of epilepsy, it might not be the case for every other person. Therefore, before using CBD, it’s better to discuss it with your doctor to make sure CBD won’t interact with the drugs in a bad way.
Although it’s quite rare, some patients of multiple sclerosis have reported that they suffered from diarrhea as a side effect of using CBD. To be exact, around 10% of all MS patients who took CBD reported this.
A Change In Appetite
Around 16% of all the people who used CBD for their multiple sclerosis reported a change in their appetite. But the good thing that it’s always not bad news. And with some determination, you can overcome this. Moreover, 2% of patients have also reported weight loss after using CBD.
About 21% of the patients who used CBD reported slight tiredness after using CBD too. According to the experts, CBD has anti-anxiety properties which often create a calming effect on those who take it. And that might be the source of all this tiredness.
Dosage Guide Using CBD For Multiple Sclerosis
MS has different variants and affects everyone differently, so the dosage will be different for each individual too. So, you have to find out what the right dosage is for you.
To do that, you must take a very low amount of CBD at first and then slowly increase the dosage. For example, you can start with a dose as small as 5 mg and gradually increase it 5 mg at a time every hour. As you do this, make sure you take note of the effects you feel as you increase the dosage. You can note these things as you increase the dosage:
- How it affects your breathing.
- The way you’re controlling your smiling.
- How much comfortable you’re feeling.
This way, note what’s the maximum dosage in which you’re getting the best results without much side effects.
Another great way is to talk to your doctor or any CBD expert to make the task of figuring out the optimum dosage easier. So, if you want to figure out the right dosage for you quickly, make sure you talk to a CBD expert.
How Can You Take CBD?
There are multiple ways you can take CBD if you have MS. However, to get the results most efficiently for MS, here are the ways you should take CBD:
- One of the best ways of taking CBD is by using it as a tincture. In this way, all you have to do is place a few drops of CBD oils in the back of your tongue. And then you have to keep it this way for at least 1 minute before finally swallowing it. This way, the CBD oil will penetrate through your tongue’s blood vessels and reach the endocannabinoid system.
- You can also take CBD through vaping. Although it might look like smoking CBD, the way vaping works is different from smoking. Unlike smoking, the CBD won’t be burned in vaping. The CBD will be heated so the vaporized CBD will reach your lungs and then your blood vessels.
- Other ways to take CBD is through edible food items or through the capsule. Although you won’t feel the effects right away like the previous two methods, it still works pretty well for MS.
In The End…
CBD might not be able to totally wipe out multiple sclerosis, but it can surely help you reduce ita symptoms and make the treatment process a lot easier. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the early inflammation of your nerve fibers. Also, it can help MS patients stay calm and help them get out of depression.
However, the CBD may interact with your other prescribed medicines. So, make sure you go and talk to your doctor or any CBD expert before start using CBD.
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Disclaimer: The information above should not be considered a medical recommendation. The content is written to enrich the reader’s knowledge. Any use of materials and content mentioned in this article should be first consulted about by a physician.