Your spinal cord is home to a bundle of nerves that send signals back and forth between your body and your brain. Spinal cord injuries or diseases are often life-changing injuries that never completely go away. They may cause permanent changes in strength, sensation or other related issues. Beyond the physical effects, suffering from a spinal cord injury or disease takes a huge toll on your mental and emotional health as well.
Common spinal cord injuries include tumors, infections like meningitis or polio, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and degenerative diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy.
How It Happens
Spinal cord injuries may occur due to an extreme, sudden forcible movement to the head such as whiplash due to events like car accidents. Spinal cord injuries may also stem from falls, sporting-related accidents, or diving into a pool that is too shallow. The spinal column may be overstretched and cause injury, or you may cause damage to spinal nerves.
The severity of your injury depends on the location of injury along your spinal cord as well as the intensity of the injury. Some signs of spinal cord injury or disease are loss or altered sensation, loss of movement, loss of bowel control, changes in sexual function, an intense stinging in the nerve fibers of your spinal cord, or difficulty breathing or coughing.
If you or someone around you experiences intense trauma to the head, neck or spinal cord, it’s crucial to call 911 immediately. Don’t move the injured person, as it may cause more serious complications.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help?
When used shortly after injury, medical marijuana has been proven to help limit neurological damage. Cannabinoids help reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and delay neuronal atrophy and degeneration. Put simply, it can help preserve the white matter around the injured area and protect the myelin sheath that surrounds your spinal cord.
Cannabinoids also help ease neuropathic pain, as it is proven to be one of the most effective ways to relieve pain stemming from a spinal cord injury. If the injury induces spasms, cannabis is a great tool to offer some much-needed relief.
Contact Greenhouse Today
If you or a loved one is currently suffering from a life-changing spinal cord injury, medical marijuana may be a great option to bring some relief. After obtaining your registry identification card, Greenhouse is ready to assist you with any questions or concerns.