In Spain, there are around 47,000 cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), predominantly affecting women between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. To date, it has not been possible to identify a specific cause that explains the origin of this disease.
The increasing interest in Cannabidiol (CBD) and its properties has brought hope to those patients with this disease, finding in this compound a viable alternative for the management of its symptoms, especially when it is presented in CBD cream formulation, which provide the recommended concentrations to achieve therapeutic effects.
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Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common neurological diseases among populations from 20 to 30 years old, affecting around 47,000 people in Spain. It can affect the brain, spine and even the optic nerves in the eyes, causing problems in vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. It is considered a "capricious" disease because it is very difficult to predict and the symptoms vary a lot from person to person. This is not contagious, neither hereditary nor mortal.
Unfortunately, to date the cause of this disease has not been identified, however, it is hypothesized that MS usually occurs at the moment when our immune system attacks a fatty material known as Myelin, which is wrapped around the nerve fibers to protect them. When attacked and seeing their integrity compromised, these fibers are unprotected against any external stimulus, producing tissue damage. Smoking is also considered as a risk factor.
The early symptoms of MS can be summarized as:
Cannabis intended for therapeutic uses comes in the form of industrial hemp, this plant is rich in a cannabinoid compound known as Cannabidiol or CBD, and in turn, possesses very low concentrations of the psychotropic molecule known as Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
A large number of investigations have been encouraged thanks to the properties of these compounds in controlled experimentation models, with special emphasis on the CBD molecule, due to its ability to activate and modulate the response of brain receptors found in our endocannabinoid system. Clinical data indicate that CBD may have effects on symptoms that are difficult to control in rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, epilepsy, neurological disorders and even in antibiotic-resistant infections.
CBD has the potential to alleviate and ameliorate the most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis such as:
It is crucial to bear in mind that in order to obtain the benefits and properties of CBD, it is necessary that it comes from strains of cannabis destined for therapeutic use. As mentioned above, industrial hemp is an ideal strain for this purpose. In general, the most common presentations are sublingual CBD oils, due to its easy application and rapid absorption, it is a fairly simple solution for people with MS.
It is important to keep in mind that CBD oil must be in a pure form, without traces of elements such as chlorophyll, which give it a dark greenish appearance and a pasty consistency that can affect the quality of these oils. On the other hand, there are also CBD creams for topical application, these are intended for muscle or joint discomforts a little more focused, however, has been shown to be significantly more effective than other medications and current treatments.
It is not advisable to inhale or smoke industrial hemp plants rich in CBD, since exposing them to a combustion process, generates ashes as a result, increasing the chance to produce damage to the lungs.
While it is true that CBD comes from cannabis plants, the properties of CBD are completely different from those of its counterpart THC. It is interesting to note that CBD has the ability to block the psychotropic and narcotic activity of the latter, and at the same time carry the desired therapeutic effects. In other words, CBD does not produce any narcotic or psychotropic effect, it does not have the capacity to get you "high", as it is popularly referred as.
To date there is no evidence of toxicity after CBD use, but it is always advisable to consult a medical specialist when trying any new alternative. The use of CBD will not result in a positive anti-doping test. In the Spanish territory, thanks to Royal Decree 1729/1999, the use of hemp based products is completely legal, as long as they have been produced from industrial hemp plants with THC concentrations less than or equal to 0.2%.
In order to achieve progress and development, whether it is biomedical, technological or even cultural, it is of vital importance to have research and conclusions based on evidence. This is why the research of cannabinoid molecules like CBD has taken a giant boost in recent years, giving both doctors and patients new treatment alternatives for different diseases, chronic conditions and syndromes.
Research around the world is focusing on the potential of CBD within clinical trials as a possible repair mechanism for damaged nerve fibers. These studies can give us a clearer picture of the effectiveness and new applications of CBD within modern medicine.
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