Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease

ALS is a particularly nasty and debilitating degenerative neurological disorder. Muscle weakness & wasting, paralysis of the limbs and the deterioration of speech, swallowing and breathing.

The condition is named after the baseball legend, Lou Gehrig, and many are perhaps familiar with this condition as it’s what Stephen Hawking suffers from. Most of those who suffer from ALS only survive for around 2 – 5 years after diagnosis. Only about 5% of those with ALS live longer than 20 years after diagnosis.

There isn’t enough evidence to say whether or not cannabis helps with ALS. However, some preliminary studies in mice have shown that cannabis may help slow the onset of ALS and increase life expectancy. There are also two very interesting case studies – those of Cathy Jordan and Bob Strider – both of whom used cannabis to help control ALS.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition or getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!

Value of Medical Marijuana

There are very few drugs and treatments available for ALS sufferers. One is riluzole, which may block harmful levels of the neurotransmitter, glutamate, from being released into the brain. However, riluzole is prohibitively expensive, at close to $10 per pill, and its efficacy is not entirely
proven as of yet. Cannabinoids may very well prove to be a much-needed treatment for ALS. A total of 4 people out of 4,276 surveyed in our study use cannabis for ALS.

Positives

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Treatments

This is difficult to say, especially when there is so much conflicting information about cannabis’s efficacy for ALS. 2 out of 4 from our study use all types of cannabis, 1 uses CBD and the last doesn’t know. Theoretically, CBD-rich strains and products could be ideal, but THC could well slow the progress of ALS. Relatively high amounts of both THC and CBD in equal concentrations may help.

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