Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. This disease causes muscle weakness, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing, and eventually leads to death.
There is no cure for ALS, and the treatments available only help to slow down the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life of patients.
THC edibles, which are products containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive component of marijuana, have been found to help ALS patients manage their symptoms.
THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, reducing inflammation and pain, and improving muscle control. Medical cannabis has been proven to alleviate many symptoms of ALS. It can act as a muscle relaxant, saliva reducer, bronchodilator and analgesic.
One of the main benefits of THC edibles for ALS patients is that they can help to stimulate appetite and prevent weight loss, which is a common problem in ALS patients due to difficulty swallowing and muscle wasting. THC edibles can also help to alleviate muscle cramps, spasticity, and stiffness, which are common symptoms of ALS.
In addition, THC edibles have been found to help ALS patients manage their depression, anxiety, and insomnia, which are common psychological symptoms of the disease.
It’s important to note that THC edibles should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional, as they can have side effects and interact with other medications. In some cases, medical marijuana may not be appropriate for ALS patients due to the risk of respiratory complications.