Neurofibromatosis is a rare genetic disorder in which tumors form on nerve tissue. This can happen anywhere in your nervous system, including areas such as your brain, your spinal cord and your nerves. Some people can barely tell they suffer from neurofibromatosis while others greatly suffer. The two main types of neurofibromatosis include neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) and neurofibromatosis type ii (NF2).

NF1 begins either at birth or during early childhood and it is characterized by light brown spots in the groin and underarms. These are referred to as café au lait spots and they are common in many people. If the child has more than six of these spots, it is a sign of NF1. Those who suffer from NF1 also show benign tumors that are under the skin. Other symptoms include small bumps on the iris, soft bumps on or under the skin, bone deformities, a tumor on the optic nerve, learning disabilities, a head size that is larger than normal and a below-average height.

NF2 is far less common than NF1 and symptoms usually begin with benign, slow-growing tumors in both ears. These tumors are also called vestibular schwannomas and they grow on the nerve that is responsible for carrying sound and balance information between the inner ear to the brain. Signs of NF2 include ringing in the ears, a gradual loss of hearing, headaches and poor balance.

What Causes Neurofibromatosis?

Gene mutations that control the protein production called neurofibromin is the cause of NF1. About half of people who suffer from NF1 obtain the gene mutation genetically while half of the gene mutations occur because of “spontaneous mutations.” NF2 is a result of mutations in a different tumor-suppressing gene called neurofibromin 2. In neurofibromatosis overall, it is estimated that 85 percent of cases have no cause while 15 percent are inherited.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help

For neurofibromatosis sufferers who are seeking pain relief, medical marijuana is a great option. The cannabinoids found in medical marijuana are associated with anti-carcinogenic effects which can help delay the development of both cancer and tumors. Medical marijuana is also proven to help shrink tumors in size because it inhibits tumor cell growth, viability and invasion.

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Once you have your registry identification card, visit our professionals at Greenhouse. We can help guide you in the right direction for the relief you need. Contact us today if you have questions about medical marijuana or how it can help neurofibromatosis sufferers.