Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a health disorder that causes nervous system breakdown leading to poor communication between your brain, spinal cord, and the rest of your body. Typical symptoms include numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, loss or blurring of vision, pain in parts of your body, slurred speech and, generally, lack of body coordination.
While there is much that is not yet known about MS, its causes have been linked to the body’s immune system attacking and eating away at a protective sheath called myelin, which covers the nerve fibers. There are strong indications that environmental and genetic factors are major contributors to an individual’s susceptibility.
The resulting deteriorating nervous situation is, unfortunately, not reversible, and those who are diagnosed are forced to live with it for the rest of their lives. According to the National MS Society, a US organization whose members are either victims of MS or want to help in pushing for information dissemination and appropriate policy development, there are over 500,000 Americans living with this condition and about 2.5 million around the world.
Hemp Oil Multiple Sclerosis Research
Even after decades of research, there is no permanent cure yet for MS. There are remedies, however, that patients use to either manage different symptoms or stop further nervous system degeneration. Some of these remedies fall under the alternative or home remedy category because they have not had conclusive clinical tests to determinenot only their effectiveness but also possible side effects. One such remedy, which is attracting much attention and enthusiasm among researchers and those living with the condition, is medical marijuana.
A report published by the Neurology journal in early 2014, explains that marijuana is showing signs of treating a number of MS symptoms including muscle stiffness, bladder dysfunction, involuntary spasticity and inflammation of the nervous system. In another study by researchers at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran between late 2012 and early 2013 on 23 patients of MS, hemp seed oil showed a significant impact on the effects of the disease. After they had been placed on a diet low in fats and sugars but rich in evening primrose oils and hemp seed nutritional oil, patients showed a “significant improvement.”
Laws Block Access to Hemp Oil
Even with many reported successes of marijuana in treating MS and other diseases, a large portion of those who probably have no other hope still do not have access to the plant or its derivatives like hemp seed oil. This is because the federal law and state legislations are standing in their way.
Even in states like Colorado and California that have progressive laws as far as medical marijuana is concerned, there are few establishments with capacity to make the products available to patients in the most appropriate form. Nevertheless, hemp seed oil,based on research findings and a shift in legal positions across states, is promising to be a source of hope for those suffering from MS now and in the future.