Medical Cannabis and Muscular Dystrophy

At MediCann, we love to answer your questions. Dr. Mark L. Rabe, MD, ABIHM, MediCann’s Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer addressed the following question presented to us on MediCann’s Facebook page:

Hey do you guys know of any research about cannabis being used as a treatment for muscular dystrophy? or are there any patients who use it and see beneficial effects?

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which get worse over time. There are many different types of muscular dystrophy. All forms of muscular dystrophy include symptoms of muscle weakness, and many times MD involves painful muscle spasms, contractures, and spinal deformities.

Many patients with MD find medical cannabis to be extremely effective in treating their symptoms. Cannabis has medicinal properties that include pain relief, muscle relaxation, bronchodialation, saliva reduction, appetite stimulation, and sleep induction. These properties can be very beneficial in the treatment of MD.

There is no cure for any form of muscular dystrophy. There is currently little to no published scientific research with respect to how cannabinoids may impact the course and progression of this genetically-mediated group of disorders. Much more research is needed in this area.

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3 Responses to Medical Cannabis and Muscular Dystrophy

  1. wes says:

    I have md for 20 years I have taken a few hits an hour before bed. it has kept me from taking verry addictive muscle relaxers and pain killers and now my work has decided to start drug testing. I have been 4 days without smoking trying to clean up for the test. not only have i not slept more than 8 hours in the last 4 days but the spazms are starting in. does anyone know anything legall that will help as a family of five I cant afford not to work. but I cant take many more sleepless nights. please help! marijuana has a medical benifit please make it legal!! I dont ever smoke but a few hits before bed it dont effect my job. I dont do drugs, I am a productive citizen! if not I have to go on dissability because the pain and spazms will take over and I wont live 3 years make a change!!

    • Grey says:

      I have 2 younger brothers with severe forms of md, ages 27and 28. They use marijuana everyday and it truly improves there quality of life. They have far exceeded there life expectancy and I believe marijuana is at the very least partially responsible for this. It not only immensely helps them physically and mentally, but also socially. The criminalization of marijuana is one of the biggest lies America has told it’s citizens. Shame on you America, it’s time to change

  2. Ron Wilson says:

    I also have a rare form of MD and have found great relief from many symptoms using marijuana once a day before going to bed at night. Was sleeping on a good nights 2 hours, and after using MMJ its increased to at least 8, and sometimes 12 hours. It’s helped with the reducing symptoms dramatically, and nothing else before offered any relief. It hasn’t stop it’s progression, but it has helped so much, and at least given me back a better quality of life than I had. It’s not a cure, at least yet, but it was amazing what it’s done. Less pain, more sleep. helps many other issues I’ve been dealing with from the MD has been reduced, and I at least will have some time left not filled with pain and suffering. It should be criminal not allowing people to use this wonderful option, rather than be on dangerous drugs which have bad side effects, and can damage’s ones liver with many other risky problems. Have reduced having to use a ventilator also , which is a very good step towards getting better.

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