Can Medical Cannabis Help People with Disabilities?
Cannabis has many potential curative properties, and it has been used to treat both physical and psychological issues. For example, CBD-rich cannabis strains such as Charlotte’s Web has been used to treat seizures. This cannabis strain was named after Charlotte Figi, a girl that suffered from Dravet syndrome, a serious child epilepsy condition. Charlotte could reduce her epileptic seizures from 300 a week to 2-3 a month thanks to CBD, a cannabinoid that is very abundant in cannabis strains such as Charlotte’s Web, Cannatonic or Harlequin.
Cannabis has been very helpful to treat epileptic seizures, but also to relieve pain in patients with spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, muscular dystrophy, or people with multiple sclerosis. In addition, many people with fibromyalgia use cannabis to relieve symptoms and reduce pain associated with this illness.
Cannabis interacts with our endocannabinoid system which is believed it plays an important role in keeping and maintaining body functions that regulates many cognitive and physiological processes such as:
How Can Cannabis Help People with Disabilities?
Cannabis is useful for people with or without disabilities. If you suffer from any disability, cannabis can help you reduce symptoms such as pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, nausea or anxiety associated with any of these symptoms.
People with Down syndrome suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in a higher rate. We know this because postmortem studies have revealed large plaques in their brains that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Low cannabis doses might help reduce the formation of these plaques.
In addition, autists produce lower levels of natural endocannabinoids. Research have shown promising results that medical cannabis can help as both THC and CBD have a very similar structure as natural endocannabinoids produced in our endocannabinoids system.
Cannabis is also helpful for people with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. People with cerebral palsy suffer spasms, chronic pain and seizures. Cannabis will help reduce all these symptoms. The same applies for people that suffer from muscular dystrophy. People with muscular dystrophy also suffer from spasms, chronic pain and seizures and cannabis can help them to reduce them.
Furthermore, cannabis may reduce behavioral problems in kids with intellectual disabilities. It reduces severe behavioral problems in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability. For this type of patients, scientists are researching cannabidiol or CBD is already used to treat psychiatric problems and other medical conditions such as epilepsy.
Which Cannabis Strains are Useful for People with Disabilities?
Let’s list some cannabis strains that can be useful for people with disabilities.
The aforementioned and well-known Charlotte’s Web, this cannabis strain is unique as it contains almost 0% of THC. Therefore, it’s a perfect cannabis strain for cannabis users who don’t want to get high. This cannabis strain was developed in 2011 by the Stanley Brothers in the US. Charlotte’s Web is a crossbreed of cannabis and industrial hemp. Because of its low level of THC, this cannabis strain is legal in all 50 states.
This is another cannabis strain rich in CBD. Harlequin is excellent to treat spasms, seizures and chronic pain. It’s a Sativa-rich strain with a 5:2 CBD:THC ratio. This cannabis strain is higher in CBD than Cannatonic while still being moderately high in THC. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids that reduces pain and inflammation. CBD has been used in contact sports to reduce joint inflammation and muscle soreness.
Harlequin is an excellent cannabis strain for the treatment of arthritis. In addition, Harlequin is very rich in Pinene as well as myrcene and caryophyllene.
Aka Afghani Kush, this cannabis strain has a 17% THC concentration. It originated in Afghanistan and hence its name, Afghan Kush is a cannabis Indica strain that is ideal for relaxation and reduce pain.
This Indica cannabis strain is rich in THC (15%) with low CBD levels. It originated in the US and it’s ideal for patients of cerebral palsy. Its main terpenes are myrcene, terpinolene and caryophyllene.
This potent Sativa strain (17%) is one of the favorite cannabis strains for people with disabilities. It induces an invigorating effect with a long-lasting effect. It’s also recommended to treat depression, anxiety and stress. Green Crack’s main terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene.