Does cbd oil work for ataxia

Cannabis oil: Hi, just wondering has anyone tried. – Ataxia UK

Hi, just wondering has anyone tried cannabis oil? And if so, has anyone found it to help at all with symptoms?

I have cerebellar ataxia.

Hi. I haven’t tried the oils due to the cost. But I do use edible products and find them effective for pain, stiffness, relaxation and sleep. I do use tiger balm for joints and there is an oil from Thailand which is very good but I can’t recall the name at the moment, I haven’t seen it sold in awhile.

hi cubsfan, I have sca-3 too and heard cannabis oil has a lot of good results. have kept on reading very good reviews by ataxia patients aswell..havent tried though coz im from India and not pretty much available in our country. so there would be no sideeffects rite so incase you use also itl not cause any damage. anyways better you check with your doctor once.

yes I have and it does help for sure, but it makes you really dizzy (great, though. ) so it is not something for every day. What there is for every day is CBD drops or capsules. CBD is the “medical” component in cannabis, it has less than 1% of that other, hallicunoid component. Makes you relax perfectly and takes away pain – not entirely and not instantly. I have FA and I am 54, have arthrosis in my shoulders, very very bad, but after 3 or 4 weeks of regular use of CBD, it became reasonable again, sometimes the pain was almost gone. I take it before I go to sleep. Sleep much much better.Sometimes a few drops during the day, if the world drives me nuts. – The oil is for the weekend or when you can just sleep forever. Or if you want to see colours and patterns. But you better lie down safe. Even healthy people have to.

Cannabis oil is illegal in the UK and therefore Ataxia UK cannot advocate its use. However cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) is legal in the UK as it contains very little THC (about 0.2%) – the psychoactive component of cannabis oil.

hello i have severe pain in every part of my body does CBD oil have side affects please i also have acute anxiety and 14 disabilaties ,

I have been using a Vape pen to inhale CBD mixed with a fruit flavour.

The lads at my local Vape shop are very friendly and helpful. They took their time to show me all the options. I chose a pen type of vaping device and love it.

There is no nicotine involved, and I mix the CBD with a fruit flavour. I am still experimenting to get the right mix. It’s actually fun.

My GP is lowering my medication slowly as I gain the benefit from vaping.

My depression is much better, my pain (damage to the spine) is significantly better although I still can’t stand for more than a short time, and walking any distance, is impossible so I’m still using a wheelchair when I go out.

The spikes of pain I used to experience several times every day are gone, as is the lower level ‘All day’ pain.

I am sleeping much better, often waking up with the duvet where it was when I closed my eyes to sleep.

There is apparently a benefit to people with Ataxia too.

“However, the degree of impairment does not extend to overt ataxia. The antioxidant activity of cannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) indicates that they may be effective in preventing and/or treating the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as FRDA.”

R. Mouro Pinto, S. Al-Mahdawi, M.A. Pook CCCB/BICGP, Division of Biosciences, School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, UK

Nothing definite but further study may uncover benefits. Who knows.

Further to some enquiries below: you can get CBD Oil in three ways (as far as I am aware) – oil to drop on your tongue, capsules, and vaping oil.

I understand there are no side effects known (as always, be aware), and you can’t overdose (take too much) – it’ll just send you to sleep.

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Cannabis for Ataxia Patients

Medical Marijuana For Ataxia Patients Helps Many Symptoms

Cannabis for Ataxia

Ataxia is usually a sign of an underlying condition. It affects different movements throughout the body, such as speech difficulties, swallowing, walking, and eye movement.

It’s estimated that around 150,000 individuals in the United States are affected by ataxia. Several conditions may cause ataxia, such as alcohol and substance abuse, tumors, stroke, brain degeneration, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, certain medications, autoimmune diseases, head trauma, and inherited genes. The treatment for ataxia will depend on the cause. Conventional treatments include canes or walkers which may help patients achieve independence; other kinds of treatments include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and aerobic exercise.

How can cannabis help?

Spinocerebellar ataxia (Autosomal dominant ataxias)

Spinocerebellar ataxia is a hereditary disease and is also the most common hereditary cause of progressive neurodegenerative disease. In some cases, if the condition isn’t treated early on, spinocerebellar ataxia may be fatal. It begins with progressive issues with walking or one’s gait, but after some time will lead to issues with facial or hand coordination. The lack of coordination in the patient’s facial muscles will eventually lead to blurry vision, slurred speech, spasticity, and tremors particularly in the hands. Despite these physical symptoms, patients with spinocerebellar ataxia still maintain mental function which may cause depression, sleep changes, and other psychological problems that may interfere with the quality of life.

There is no known cure for spinocerebellar ataxia; over time the disease progresses and will eventually get worse. Cannabis can help with these symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia:

  • Spasticity: Patients use medical cannabis for the treatment of muscle spasticity. In a 1982 study, 21 out of 43 respondents with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries that caused muscle spasticity reported that cannabis use helped reduce spasticity. In another 1997 study, almost every patient in a 112-participant survey reported that cannabis use decreased both pain and muscle spasticity.
  • Neuroprotection: Neurological damage and diseases may be challenging to cure completely, but cannabis has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. It also reduces inflammation and helps regenerate brain cells, which may benefit patients of ataxia especially in slowing down the progression of the disease.
  • Pain: Cannabis is proven scientifically effective at treating pain caused by a variety of different factors. For patients struggling with pain caused by spinocerebellar ataxia, cannabis offers a safer way to manage pain without resorting to opioids.
  • Insomnia:Both THC and CBD have been proven to help increase the overall duration of sleep in insomniacs. Studies also show that cannabis may promote deeper sleep as well as improvement in breathing when taken before sleep. Patients with spinocerebellar ataxia can benefit from deeper and more peaceful sleep that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get because of the symptoms associated with their condition.
  • Depression: Living with ataxia can cause depression because the symptoms can hinder the patient’s ability to live their life to the fullest. Instead of taking prescription antidepressants, patients can turn to cannabis to regain a sense of optimism; relax, and feel happy.
  • Loss of appetite: Certain cannabis strains are known to induce appetite. This can be extremely beneficial for ataxia patients due to the fact that some may have difficulty eating and swallowing, which will prevent them from consuming the nutrients that they need to strengthen their system and slow down the progression of their disease.

Friedreich’s ataxia (Autosomal recessive ataxias)

Friedreich’s ataxia is another form of the disease that is characterized primarily by the degeneration of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This form of ataxia is caused by a genetic mutation, and disorder is recessive. Other symptoms of Friedreich’s ataxia include speech problems, gait disturbance, coordination and reflex problems, scoliosis, and fatigue. Complications that may arise from Friedreich’s ataxia include heart failure or heart disease, and diabetes.

The progression of Friedreich’s ataxia varies from person to person. Progression and symptoms generally worsen due to the presence of free radicals in the body, since they can destroy cells and weaken the immune system. For this reason, scientists suggest treatment with antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10. In some cases, surgery may be required to slow down or help manage the inevitable progression of the disease.

Cannabis can help manage some symptoms of Friedreich’s ataxia:

  • Antioxidants:Studies show that cannabis contains valuable neuroprotective antioxidants. When taken with other vitamins, cannabis may effectively slow down the progression of Friedreich’s ataxia.
  • Muscle spasms and relaxation: Topical application or oral consumption of cannabis is widely used to help manage several muscle-related ailments. Patients with Friedreich’s ataxia may rely on cannabis to treat localized pain and loosen up tight muscles especially those in the spine.
  • Cardiovascular health: Microdosing cannabis has been shown to be effective in preventing heart disease. Studies also show that cannabis can help protect the heart.
  • Diabetes: A leading killer around the world, diabetes is a condition that big pharma has capitalized on. However, this is yet another condition that cannabis may treat and prevent thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Have you used cannabis to treat ataxia? Share with us in the comments below.