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Can Medical Marijuana Be Used For Spinal Cord Injuries?

Can Medical Marijuana Be Used for Spinal Cord Injuries?

Medical marijuana can benefit the treatment of many conditions, including spinal cord injuries. The brain sends messages to the body through the spinal cord, so injuries to this area can have severe, far-reaching symptoms. By including medical marijuana use in their treatment plans, many patients can effectively manage spinal cord injury symptoms and lead more comfortable lives.

Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries That Benefit From Medical Marijuana

Spasticity

Spasticity is the most prevalent symptom among people struggling with a spinal cord injury. Medical marijuana can be particularly helpful in easing muscle spasms. This is likely because spasms are understood to come from the region of the brain that manages movement, which contains multiple areas with cannabinoid receptors. Marijuana contains cannabinoids, which activate these cannabinoid receptors and can thus prevent spasticity. 

Insomnia

Insomnia is another common symptom of spinal cord injury. The THC in marijuana is known to help induce sleep, which can help with sleep problems. The CBD in marijuana has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can help people with spinal cord injuries fall asleep. 

Chronic Pain

Marijuana has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, which can significantly help with chronic pain caused by spinal cord injuries. When the cannabinoids in marijuana activate cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system, it affects how the brain perceives pain. This effect is what gives marijuana its analgesic effect and why people with spinal cord injuries can achieve pain relief with medical marijuana use. 

Bladder Control Problems

Spinal cord injuries can lead to bladder overactivity. This is because the injury can impair directions from the brain to the bladder. The bladder muscles may then contract irregularly, making the person feel like they need to urinate suddenly. Marijuana can reduce the brain signal misfires that lead to an overactive bladder, helping patients better manage spinal cord injuries. 

Schedule an appointment at Tetra Health Centers to learn more about the benefits of medical marijuana use for spinal cord injuries.

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