CBD and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is just as hard to diagnose as it is to treat. It’s a disease that eats away at the coating protecting the nerves most commonly in the brain and spinal column. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and muscular coordination, blurred vision, debilitating fatigue, night sweats to name a few. It presents as lesions on the brain surface which can affect signals from getting through causing muscles not to respond. For some, episodes are triggered, for others the disease symptoms gradually increase over time.

Like many auto-immune disorders MS is hard to treat and no one treatment works for everyone.  Not only does this disease present physical challenges but there are mental ramifications such as depression and hopelessness. However, current data suggests the cannabinoids like those found in Full spectrum CBD can suppress neuroinflammation and encourage healthy gut flora not to mention help reduce MS related pain response and depression.

We’ve worked with several clients suffering from MS over the past 10 years each at different stages of the disease. One client in particular shared her story with us and we’d like to bring it to you. When we began to work with her, she was 8 years into her diagnoses. Unable to walk without a cane or arm crutches, lesions covered 80% of her brain, her only relief came from receiving intense chemical treatments every few weeks. These treatments had their own consequences and she was declining rapidly. We partnered with physicians and researched published studies to find what treatments we can offer to find some relief for her and give her quality of life back or at least maintain it from getting worse. The course of treatment with the most positive results included high doses of Full Spectrum CBD (for pain, inflammation and gut health), water soluble Vitamin D w/K (to boost immune system) and Light therapy (to increase blood flow).

After just 6 months her doctors reported a significant decrease of lesions on her brain. She was walking on her own with no cane or crutches. She and her husband began to share a bed again and she no longer needed anxiety medication. Since her story, there have been so many more that have followed. We learn more every day about the benefits of cannabinoids and how our body’s endocannabinoid system works. For more information on CBD and MS refer to published medical studies at www.pubmed.gov and www.multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com