You may ask “What is ALS?”. I sure did, so I started asking myself questions as I started reading different articles on the internet from the ALS sites, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Also Known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The name itself means no muscle nourishment. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The neurons will die and stop sending messages to the muscles in the body. * I found as I read, ALS is similar to MS with some very intense differences, however, this disease affects a person so much quicker than MS and it will lead to death for the afflicted individual. Uncontrollable shaking will most likely be present in someone suffering from ALS. The ability to move, eat, speak and breath continue to worsen with this disease. Weakness is a symptom and so is trouble swallowing. Some who have ALS will drool uncontrollably. Most of those afflicted with ALS will die from respiratory failure, but not all will suffer from the same symptoms.
Researchers have identified the molecular signature of the immune cells involved in this disease. They now have a better understanding of the disease and the role the disease related cells in which surround the dying motor neurons. We know that the symptoms of this disease are devastating to the human body. **
With the Hemp plant containing CB cannabinoids and having neuroprotective qualities (^) and antioxidant properties among other fantastic properties, some reports have entertained the idea that it could possibly be a phenomenal way to address some of the issues ALS presents. ***It could possibly slow the progression of the disease. CB cannabinoids are anti-spasmatic, anti-inflammatory, help fight pain, increase better sleep patterns, and can assist in bronchodilation. Cannabinoids can assist in cell generation and bone development. **** One report from NCBI stated that other cannabinoids may prove to be novel therapeutic targets for treatment in ALS.
It is most likely that all the symptoms of ALS could be relieved with the CB cannabinoids in Hemp according to the studies I have referenced. It is the opinion of this writer after all the reading and researching that Hemp cannabinoids could possibly very well do so much more for ALS than all the referenced reports suggest. However, we definitely need to have more research done in this field before any us of could positively say one way or the other.
^https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28412918 (Neurological Aspects of Cannabidiol)
***https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439484 (call for clinical trials)
Written by Tina Harris
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