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.