A neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS causes progressive deterioration of motor skills and cognitive function. If you have ALS, you may at first experience difficulty while walking or standing. You may start to lose control of voluntary muscle movement and coordination. Paralysis takes hold in advanced stages, interfering with the ability to breathe, swallow and speak. About 5,000 people are newly diagnosed with ALS each year in the U.S.
While there is currently no cure for this disease, medical cannabis may improve your quality of life and alleviate some of your symptoms. To arrange an appointment with an experienced physician to find out if you're eligible in the greater Tampa area, please call Access Marijuana RX at 727-209-5470
How Can ALS Be Treated With Marijuana?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis currently has no cure. ALS leads to death as it progresses. This disease destroys brain and spinal cord cells by depriving them of necessary nourishment. As the nervous system cells die, your ability to perform basic bodily functions is impaired. Living with ALS may involve:
- Muscle weakness
- Emotional volatility
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty speaking
The exact way the disease affects an individual person varies. Typically, motor and cognitive functions are impaired at different rates for each person.
Marijuana is not known to be curative for ALS, but it can provide relief from a variety of the disease's effects. Talk to our experienced physicians about the symptoms you are experiencing, for which they can recommend appropriate strains.
Marijuana can help by alleviating:
- Emotional anguish
- Muscle spasms
- Poor appetite
There are many different options available to qualifying Floridians. We can recommend a type of cannabis depending on how you want to feel. While a euphoric high is associated with THC-containing strains, there are other high-CBD strains that cause little to no high. You can administer/consume the cannabis in one of several ways, including vaporization, pills, creams, tinctures and oils.
If you are taking opioid-based pharmaceuticals for pain, then marijuana may help you reduce (or potentially eliminate) your use of these drugs. Some people prefer to avoid these highly addictive pharmaceutical drugs. Talk to our doctors about what may work for you. Continue taking any medications you are currently until you have spoken with our physicians and your own doctor.
What Are The Best Cannabis Strains For ALS?
There are many strains (varieties) of marijuana. They are categorized into three types:
- • Indica strains tend to affect the whole body, promoting deep relaxation. For some, indica induces sleepiness. These strains help with pain and insomnia.
- • Sativa strains tend to affect you cerebrally and improve mood. Sativa strains may be the right way to alleviate depression, anxiety, pain and low energy associated with ALS.
- • Hybrids are a crossing of any two strains. Oftentimes indica and sativa may be crossbred in order to bring about benefits of each.
Generally speaking, ALS symptoms can benefit from either of the three strains. If you want to use marijuana during the day, sativa may be suggested as it tends to make you feel awake. Indica is better suited to the hours before you go to bed, because it is likely to make you feel relaxed and sleepy.
Rely on our experienced physicians to navigate you through the process of choosing a strain. We will be with you every step of the way. Our relationships with our patients are lasting: Once you leave our practice, we will continue communicating with you to make sure the regimen is benefiting you and to make adjustments as needed. Rely on us for guidance throughout this process.
How Do I Know If I'm Eligible For Marijuana Treatment of ALS?
If you have ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and are a resident of Florida, then you are likely eligible for a medical marijuana card. To find out, arrange an evaluation with one of the experienced physicians at Access Marijuana RX. We provide consultations at our comfortable, private St. Petersburg office. To arrange your visit, please call our experienced team at 727-209-5470. Our doctors and staff are personally driven by helping their patients find relief. We will help you decide whether cannabis may be the right way to improve your quality of life.