Medical Marijuana for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease that leads to the progressive degradation of nerve cells in the body.

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease Symptoms Include:

  • Difficulty performing everyday motor activities
  • Tripping, stumbling, and/or falling
  • Weakness in the legs or feet
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble maintaining a straight posture or holding the head upright
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Twitching and cramps in the limbs

Treating ALS with Medical Marijuana

The effects of nerve cell destruction can be devastating, frequently leading to limb paralysis and eventually respiratory failure.  Fortunately, the medicinal properties of marijuana have been shown to significantly ease many of the negative symptoms of ALS.  Medical marijuana is a muscle relaxant, serving to calm the muscle spasms that often accompany ALS, as well as a neuroprotectant and appetite stimulant, promoting healthy eating habits and treating waste.  Additionally, medical marijuana aids the expansion of bronchial airways to alleviate breathing difficulties treats dysautonomia by dilating blood vessels, and often helps to lessen drooling by inducing dry mouth.