Cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a number of symptoms linked with neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (ALS). However, it is still unknown whether cannabis has an effect on the progression of ALS, and there have been no studies conducted in people with ALS that have demonstrated a neuroprotective effect of cannabinoids. ALS is not an illness, but rather a highly variable syndrome that encompasses a wide range of genetically varied disorders that can manifest themselves in different ways.
It is estimated that approximately 30,000 persons in the United States are affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is a kind of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Because of the lack of effective treatments for this disease, which currently has no cure and is associated with a short life expectancy of between two and five years, it is one of the most difficult to live with.
ALS and Common Symptoms
According to Mayo Clinic, these are signs and symptoms associated with ALS:
- Difficulty walking or performing routine everyday tasks.
- Falling and tripping.
- Leg, foot, or ankle weakness.
- Hand weakness or clumsiness.
- Slurred speech or swallowing difficulties.
- Arms, shoulders, and tongue cramping and twitching.
- Crying, laughing, or yawning in an inappropriate manner.
- Changes in cognition and behavior.
Cannabis and ALS
According to studies, CBD (cannabidiol) can help to relieve muscle spasms, discomfort, and tiredness, as well as effectively calm and relax the mind and body, all of which can be beneficial to an ALS sufferer.
The following cannabis strains might be beneficial in alleviating ALS symptoms:
Stephen Hawking Kush
Also known as SHK, this Indica dominant strain has Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush genetics. Stephen Hawking Kush is rich in CBD with estimated levels of 12%. In addition, it also contains between 5 to 12% of THC. This strain helps with to relieve symptoms associated with ALS such as pain, anxiety, and stress. Stephen Hawking Kush will also make you feel uplifted and relaxed.
Also known as JH, we have included this strain in many of our lists. Jack Herer is rich in THC and it’s a strain ideal to fight depression, anxiety and stress. Furthermore, Jack Herer is very rich in terpinolene.
This Sativa strain is rich in CBD. Jamaican Lion has 8% of THC and 5% of CBD. This strain is perfect to relieve anxiety, pain, and inflammation.
This potent and psychoactive strain (up to 20% of THC) is very effective to induce relaxation. In addition, Arctic Blue is rich in myrcene, and it also contains 2% of CBG.
Pre-98 Bubba Kush
This is strain has a moderate THC content (16%). Pre-98 Bubba Kush is ideal for individuals seeking pain alleviation without being overwhelmed or unable to function. Moreover, its main terpene is limonene.
Hong Kong is a sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing Sour Diesel and Sensi Star. This strain is very rich in THC with 25% of this psychoactive cannabinoid. Hong Kong will make you feel uplifted and relaxed.