Marijuana and Cerebral Palsy
How MMJ Health can help Cerebral Palsy Patients
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture in different parts of the body. It is the most common motor disability among children and many have co-existing conditions. Depending on how the condition is managed, motor skills can improve or decline over time. Doctors classify cerebral palsy according to the type of movement disorder involved.
What causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects the ability to control muscles. It can occur when there is neurological damage before, during, or within five years of birth. Common causes of brain injuries that lead to CP:
Different Types of Cerebral Palsy
What causes Cerebral Palsy?
The most common type of cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy affects approximately 80% of people that have the disorder. This causes an increase in muscular tone that results in stiffened muscles and causes awkward movements.
What are the early warning signs of Cerebral Palsy?
There are normally early signs of cerebral palsy, but they can vary greatly due to the many types and different severity of symptoms. The main early warning sign that a child could have cerebral palsy are delays in reaching motor or movement milestones as an infant.
Signs of Cerebral Palsy:
If you suffer from cerebral palsy or notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of CP can vary from person to person. A severe case of cerebral palsy may cause some to have to use special equipment to be able to walk or may lose the ability to walk altogether. Whereas, a mild case of cerebral palsy might present as an awkward gait and not require any special assistance. Cerebral palsy does not get worse with time, though the symptoms may change over the course of a person’s life.
While all patients with CP will have problems with movement and posture, symptoms and related conditions can also include:
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Usually, cerebral palsy is diagnosed between 18 months and 5 years of age. Parents are the first to notice developmental delays that could indicate CP. But everyone develops at their own pace, so it may take time to get a concrete diagnosis of cerebral palsy as doctors often hesitate to make it until further observation.
Doctors may use different imaging technology to confirm and properly diagnose cerebral palsy like:
Or they may also refer patients to a specialist for observational analysis and further testing.
Please see a licensed doctor in order to properly diagnose children or be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. MMJ Health has professional and knowledgeable Medical Marijuana Specialists that can create a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.
Best Terpenes for Cerebral Palsy
Some terpenes may have anti-inflammatory or analgesic properties that could potentially benefit people with Cerebral Palsy. Here are some of the best ones:
has anti-inflammatory properties and may also improve cognitive function, which may be beneficial for those with cerebral palsy.
has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with cerebral palsy.
has sedative and anti-inflammatory properties that may help manage symptoms of cerebral palsy, such as muscle spasticity and pain.
has sedative and muscle-relaxing effects that may help with muscle spasticity associated with cerebral palsy.
has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may help manage symptoms of cerebral palsy.
are known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties may be helpful for managing pain and inflammation associated with cerebral palsy.
has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties may be helpful for managing pain and inflammation associated with cerebral palsy.
Best Strains for Cerebral Palsy
Some cannabis strains have shown potential for managing symptoms of CP, such as spasticity and pain. Here are some of the best cannabis strains for Cerebral Palsy:
This strain has a high THC content and may help with pain relief and relaxation, which can be beneficial for people with CP who experience muscle stiffness and spasms.
Its potential benefits lie in its ability to relax muscles, reduce pain and potentially improve sleep and mood.
Best Online Tools for Cerebral Palsy
Here are some online tools that can be useful for individuals with cerebral palsy:
What can a Florida Medical Marijuana clinic do for Cerebral Palsy?
Research regarding the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for cerebral palsy symptoms is limited, but findings may suggest that it can offer benefits for pain management, reduction of spastic movements, tremors and seizures, and possibly much more.
In a 2011 pain treatment study, patients diagnosed with CP tested different types of treatment to manage their symptoms. According to the paper, the treatment rated highest in relieving pain was medical marijuana. In addition, the few studies completed on the use of medical marijuana for spastic quadriplegia show promising indications that it may offer numerous benefits including helping control the spastic movements those with cerebral palsy struggle with.
Under Amendment 2, cerebral palsy may be a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card in Florida.
If you or a loved one is living with Cerebral Palsy and is interested in exploring medical marijuana as a treatment option, book an appointment with MMJ Health today. Our experienced physicians will guide you through the process and provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.