Advocates for medical marijuana have long been pushing for the legalization of cannabis, which is said to be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions, including depression, nausea, PTSD, anxiety, and all kinds of pain. But what does this mean for the disabled persons? How can they benefit from medical cannabis?
Whether you’re disabled or not, cannabis can benefit you in many ways. The substance interacts with your endocannabinoid system in order to treat your condition. In fact, cannabis is more effective in treating intractable epilepsy, such as Charlotte Figi, compared to other medications. Because of this, a group of researchers is now studying how cannabis can possibly help to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy.
Treating Down Syndrome with Cannabis
Down syndrome is a type of condition that both adults and kids can suffer from. This condition could lead to intellectual disabilities, such as learning deficits and memory impairment. Indeed, Down syndrome is a troublesome condition that requires effective treatment.
Cannabis has been found to be an effective treatment for the Down syndrome. People who have this condition are said to have an excess amount of CB2 receptors, as well as FAAH or the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase. Due to the high amount of FAAH, supplementing cannabis may help in keeping both the CB1 and CB2 receptors busy. This also helps to protect neurons and minimize the excess level of FAAH. However, this aspect requires further research on humans.
Treating Autism with Cannabis
Autism is said to affect 1 in 100 children in the world. Those who have this condition suffer from high levels of anxiety that’s difficult for the family members to live with. The symptoms and treatment for autism vary greatly and what may work for one patient may not be effective for the other. However, some medical experts believe that autism happens because of a genetic mutation that leads to an extremely low level of natural endocannabinoids in the brain. Such condition also disrupts the normal way in which the brain interacts with the chemicals.
Since both the CBD and THC share a similar structure with that of the cannabinoids that the body naturally produces, experts believe that supplementation of cannabis may help treat autism. In fact, in one study where cannabis was given to a group of people with autism, it was found that most of the participants showed a significant decrease in their level of anxiety.
Treating Cerebral Palsy with Cannabis
Cerebral palsy is another debilitating condition that affects 3 out of every 1,000 children. Cannabis has been found to help people suffering from cerebral palsy in various ways. It not only helps to minimize seizures, but it also treats pain and muscle spasms. Also, some patients who suffer from this condition lose their ability to speak clearly as the condition progresses. Although there have been no studies conducted on the ability of cannabis to treat speech problems associated with cerebral palsy, there have been plenty of anecdotal accounts that demonstrate how cannabis may be an effective treatment for speech problems.