Using Cannabis for Myasthenia Gravis
What is Myasthenia Gravis?
Myasthenia gravis (my-ass-THEE-nee-ah GRAV-is) is a chronic progressive neuromuscular disorder and autoimmune disease in which antibodies block or destroy some acetylcholine receptor sites causing severe skeletal muscle weakness (without atrophy) and fatigue, which occurs at different levels of severity.
Myasthenia Gravis is an Autoimmune Disease
Myasthenia gravis is considered to be an autoimmune disease in which antibodies block or destroy some acetylcholine receptor (most common receptors) sites. These receptors are necessary for the contraction of muscles when they get a signal from the brain to do so. Since the receptors are not available, they are unable to transmit their signals to the muscles. Myasthenia gravis occurs more often in women than men, with the onset usually between the ages of 20 and 40. In men, the onset is between the ages of 50 and 60.
Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis
Symptoms of Myasthenia gravis may occur gradually or suddenly. Facial muscle weakness may be the most noticeable symptom, owing to drooping eyelids, difficulty with swallowing and difficultly speaking. The periods of muscle weakness generally occur late in the day or after strenuous exercise. Rest does refresh the tired weak muscles. The weakness eventually becomes so severe that paralysis occurs.
How is Myasthenia Gravis Treated?
How Cannabis is Used to Treat Myasthenia Gravis
Since cannabis helps modulate the autoimmune system by decreasing the inflammatory mediators which cause the problem. cannabis users with Myasthenia gravis tend to experience increase energy and the cannabis allows the muscles to respond to the signals the brain is sending. Some users have responded to CBD-rich, CBD :THC, and THCA products.