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Spinal Cord Damage in New York

Medicinal cannabis can help improve the lives of those suffering from spinal cord injuries.

Spinal Cord Damage

An injury to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal column can lead to permanent damage to the body. Changes in sensation, strength, agility, and bodily functions can occur when the spinal cord is injured. These injuries will appear below the area in which the spinal cord was damaged. If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, you understand how it changes your life. You also know that the pain can be hard to manage. Scientists around the world are continuing to conduct research on how to repair the spinal cord after an injury. Ongoing advancements in technology make many scientists hopeful that a cure will soon be found. However, in the meantime, patients suffering from this type of injury need to work on pain management and physical rehabilitation so they can try to pursue a normal life.

Symptoms of Spinal Cord Damage

  • Loss of feeling or sensation in the areas below the injury
  • Paralysis or loss of motion
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Frequent and painful muscle spasms
  • Changes to sexual performance, enjoyment, and fertility
  • Nerve pain in your limbs and other areas that feel like “pins and needles”
  • Difficulty breathing and clearing your lungs when you need to cough

Medical Marijuana as Part of a Spinal Cord Damage Treatment Plan

Clinical studies indicate that the CBD and THC in medical marijuana can help to manage symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries. Additionally, patients experience few side effects.

The benefits of medicinal marijuana for spinal cord injury patients have been considered by the medical community for many years. One of the earliest informal reviews was conducted in 1974 by the Miami VA Hospital. A survey among spinal cord injury patients who acknowledged marijuana use found that most of the patients experienced direct symptom relief. Other patients reported little to no decrease in symptoms but credited marijuana use with helping them concentrate less on their symptoms.

In 2003, the results of a controlled study in the United Kingdom were published in a peer-reviewed journal.Participants who were given medical marijuana reported significant reduction in pain as well as improved bladder function and fewer episodes of muscle spasticity and spasms.The results indicate that medical marijuana effectively and safely controls symptoms related to spinal cord injury, including symptoms that are not reduced by standard treatment protocols, such as codeine.

Research on Spinal Cord Damage and Cannabis Based Treatments

For more information on medicinal cannabis being used to treat spinal cord damage, please click on the following links:

A preliminary controlled study to determine whether whole-plant cannabis extracts can improve intractable neurogenic symptoms

The treatment of spasticity with D9-tetrahydrocannabinol (D9-THC) in patients with spinal cord injury

Clinical investigation of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as an alternative therapy for overactive bladders in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients

The treatment of spasticity with Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol in persons with spinal cord injury

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol shows antispastic and analgesic effects in a single case double-blind trial

Cannabis effect on spasticity in spinal cord injury

The perceived effects of marijuana on thespinal cord injured males

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