How CBD helps with Multiple Sclerosis & Peripheral Neuropathy –
We have had many questions about these two things, and yes we know with that being said these two things are not the same thing!
Starting with Multiple Sclerosis, what is it? : Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide (1).
Therefore symptoms to those with it are; pain, muscle spasticity, fatigue, inflammation, and depression. When you use CBD having MS, it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiemetic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective. Helpings with heart rate, blood pressure & physical body temperature. Along with reduced fatigue, pain, spasticity, and ultimately improve mobility.
When visiting your doctor or physician, they will usually be ones to prescribe pharmaceutical opioids, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants. These though have the side effects of physical dependency, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, tolerance, constipation, and respiratory depression. If while taking these drugs and taking CBD, please be cautionary for it will make these medications more potent but also these side effects more prominent.
When taking benzodiazepines, these will affect sleep and staying asleep — also giving anterograde amnesia. As well as if you take this medication for an extended amount of time with getting drowsiness or also known as the “hangover effect.” If taking antidepressants to combat the other medication side effects, you will get nausea, fatigue, drowsiness. The anxiety may worsen and vision impairment and dizziness. Thus only causing more problems not fixing things, unlike CBD with no side effects.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
As part of the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system is made up of two components within the nervous system of humans. It is consisting of the nerves and ganglia outside of the brain and spinal cord.
To find out of you or someone else have PN, there must be a thorough examination of medical history and also be given a neurological exam.
Polyneuropathy – cause of peripheral nerve damage
There are many different causes of polyneuropathy, with some of the most common ones being:
- Alcohol abuse
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland)
Guillan Barre Syndrom:
One of the severe leading type of polyneuropathy. Characterizations of this would be progressive tingling and weakness, starting in the feet and rapidly growing up the legs. GBS can then affect the muscles that control breathing.
It is a localized neuropathy, which is where only one nerve is damaged. Usually from trauma, compression, or entrapment. Which would be carpal tunnel syndrome, which refers to compression of the median nerve, causing numbness and tingling in the wrist.
- Lack of sensation to pain changes in temperature
- Unusual sensations like vibration, numbness, and tingling, burning, stabbing, electrical, or crawling
- Pain from a light touch that is ordinarily painless (called allodynia)
- Loss of position sense and balance problems
- Change in temperature
Other symptoms and signs may include:
- Muscle cramping and shrinking
- Fasciculations (when a muscle twitches without your control)
- Reflex abnormalities
- Excess sweating
- Heat intolerance
- Early satiety
- Orthostatic hypotension
The diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy begins with a neurological examination.
How CBD Can Help:
1. Browne P, Chandraratna D, Angood C, Tremlett H, Baker C, Taylor BV, et al. Atlas of multiple sclerosis 2013: a growing global problem with widespread inequity. Neurology (2014) 83:1022–4.10.1212/WNL.0000000000000768