Neurological

How medical cannabis can help with neurological conditions

Overview


Neurological conditions refer to any illnesses or problems to do with the nervous system. This naturally encompasses a wide range of conditions, from brain injuries to degenerative diseases. According to the latest estimates, roughly 16.5 million live with neurological conditions in the UK, however it is hard to be precise. Many neurological conditions go untreated and unnoticed, as they can be hard to diagnose at first.

There are a whole host of neurological conditions, each with their own symptoms and treatment options. Some of the most common conditions are:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
  • Epilepsy
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Stroke

Neurological conditions vary widely, depending on what area of the nervous system they affect. Each condition often has its own unique symptoms, but some common ones associated with neurological conditions include:

  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Changes in vision

Someone with a neurological condition may not experience all or even any of these. Neurological conditions can also lie dormant without symptoms for some time, making them often difficult to diagnose.

Treatment options are usually focused on managing symptoms, as many neurological conditions do not have a known cure. Instead, treatment will help the patient to live as happy, healthy a life as possible and attempt to reduce symptoms or alleviate them altogether.

Nonetheless, there are still treatment options that can be useful for a range of neurological conditions. These include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Prescription medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Talking therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Implantable devices
  • Behavioural changes, such as exercising and encouraging healthy eating

How we can help


When traditional treatment methods fail to provide adequate relief, medical cannabis has been proven to improve quality of life for people living with neurological conditions. 

For example, this study from 2017, ‘Neurological Aspects of Medical Use of Cannabidiol’, tested the effects of medical cannabis on a variety of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Huntington’s disease. The researchers, Carmen Mannucci, Michele Navarra, Fabrizio Calapai, Elvira V Spagnolo, Francesco P Busardò, Roberto D Cas, Francesca M Ippolito, and Gioacchino Calapai, found that medical cannabis produced “beneficial effects” in a range of the neurological conditions in question.

Medical cannabis works directly with the central and peripheral nervous systems by interacting directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate pain and provide relief from a number of symptoms. Severe epilepsy – especially in children –  is just one example. Certain childhood syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications, can also be treated with medicinal cannabis.

Further conditions treatable with medicinal cannabis include neuropathic pain, seizures, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and migraines.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help to treat neurological conditions. Our experts are ready to cooperate with you and your individual needs to find a treatment plan that works for you. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £49. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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