Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is an irreversible degenerative disease affecting the motor neurons in the body eventually leading to total global loss of all muscle function and atrophy that eventually extends to the diaphragm, compromising a person’s ability to breathe. This eventually leads to respiratory failure in most ALS patients.
Cannabis has been theorized to slow the progression of the disease because of its neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. It also provides relief from pain, insomnia, spasticity, and dysautonomia relief. Patients with ALS often eventually have drooling problems and marijuana’s ability to cause dry mouth helps with this condition. Patients will often lose weight and have a “wasting syndrome” where they fail to thrive nutritionally. The appetite stimulation effects of cannabis are helpful for this.
For this condition all non-smoked forms of medical marijuana are recommended for use.