September is National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness about ongoing research on the condition and the strength of the individuals living with MD. 

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a term used to describe a large group of over 160 different neuromuscular disorders. These genetic disorders are characterized by the progressive deterioration of muscle strength due to abnormal genes that interfere with the production of protein required to build healthy muscle. 

The damage impacts muscles found throughout the body and can result in difficulties walking, swallowing and general muscle coordination. These serious symptoms can present in a myriad of ways, causing some MD sufferers to:

  • Require a wheelchair, cane or walker
  • Require a breathing assistance device (ventilator)
  • Require a feeding tube
  • Experience heart issues

Neuromuscular disorders are degenerative and can be life-threatening. There are over 50,000 Canadians living with these rare conditions, and there is currently no cure.

How are neuromuscular disorders treated?

As the search for a cure for MD continues, there are treatments available that help keep sufferers as mobile and pain-free as possible. Although these treatments can be effective for some individuals, many will require further and more intensive care as their condition progresses.

Current common treatment options to extend mobility and improve quality of life for those living with these genetic disorders include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery 
  • Corticosteroids to improve muscle strength
  • Heart medications 
  • Ventilators or sleep apnea machines to provide breathing assistance

Cannabis for MD – more than just pain relief

Although cannabis cannot cure MD, there is an increasing interest in how the plant can improve the comfort and quality of life for those living with these neuromuscular disorders.

Cannabis contains healing compounds called phytocannabinoids. These chemicals act very similarly to the endocannabinoids our cells make. Due to this phenomenon, cannabinoids like THC and CBD can have profound physiological effects on our bodies. When it comes to those living with MD, some of the positive effects cannabis users experience are:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved appetite

There is also exciting research emerging that establishes a link between cannabis and muscle health. In 2018, the University of Sydney published findings that suggest medical cannabis has the potential to regulate muscular response and strength. Although this animal study produced intriguing results, further quality research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis for those suffering from neuromuscular conditions is still required.

Seeking Relief of Muscular Dystrophy in Calgary with Medical Cannabis

The best way to know if medical cannabis can help you manage your MD symptoms is to come in for a medical consultation with a physician at one of our medical cannabis clinics in Calgary.

Appointments for Alberta residents are free and covered by Alberta Health Services. Prior to your medical consultation with one of our licensed physicians, you will be educated on how medical cannabis works in our body and how it reacts to our endocannabinoid system.

During your education session with a Cann-Expert, you will learn:

  1. The main differences between an Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strain
  2. Benefits of THC, CBD, and Balanced strains
  3. Our unique Endocannabinoid Systems (ECS)
  4. The timing of inhalation vs ingestion

At the time of your consultation, your Revolution Medical Cannabis doctor will review your medical history and ensure that cannabis will not conflict with any medications you’re currently taking.

Our Calgary medical cannabis doctors will then prescribe the best treatment plan for you. Our team will guide you in selecting a licensed producer as well as the registration.

Dealing with Muscular Dystrophy? Schedule your medical cannabis consultation with a doctor today!

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