Medical Marijuana For Huntington's Disease Patients In Missouri
Does Huntington's Disease Qualify For Medical Marijuana In Missouri?
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a terminal neurological condition that has debilitating symptoms associated. While everyone has the gene that causes HD, only those that inherit the expansion of the gene will develop HD and perhaps pass the gene onto their children; if a parent is diagnosed with HD there is a 50/50 chance that the child will inherit the gene.
While there is no known cure for HD, many of the symptoms associated with HD can be lessened with the use of medical marijuana treatment. In cell studies, cannabinoids have been found to modulate the toxic effects of the Huntingtin protein, leading to optimism that medical marijuana treatment can mitigate symptoms and possibly influence the course of HD.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Huntington's Disease?
The possibility of medical marijuana as an effective treatment for HD is promising, although the research is still in its infancy. The most optimistic findings thus far concern the use of the cannabinoid CBG, which have been found to provide significant neuroprotection of striatal neurons, and even partial normalization of genes that align with HD's neurodegeneration.
While HD and medical marijuana has not been strenuously researched, the mechanisms of neuronal death have been found to have a positive link with cannabinoids based on pathological themes of neurodegenerative diseases. For example, there have been HD cell-culture studies that suggest the interaction between CB1 receptors and CBD or THC/CBD with HD can be clinically effective in providing symptomatic benefits through a decrease in spontaneous motor activity and increase the efficacy of conventional treatment options. Furthermore, other preclinical studies show that CB2 activation can play a pivotal role in preventing neurodegeneration.
Although there is a lagging amount of scientific research on medical marijuana and HD, there is tons of anecdotal evidence from patients that self-medicate or have their card in other state-approved medical marijuana programs lending support for HD as a beneficial treatment option for the symptoms associated with HD.
Cannabis has been shown to aid in many of the symptoms associated with HD, including pain, sleep, mood, drooling, appetite, and muscle relaxation or lack thereof. Most consequentially, due to the nature of HD and the lack of a cure, patients suffering from this condition can, understandably, feel stress and anxiety as a result. While many patients may decide to use antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure drugs that can have adverse effects associated, medical cannabis has been proven to aid these symptoms and provide a sense of relief for patients.
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What Is Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, deteriorating an individual's physical and mental abilities. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting the gene that causes Huntington's, with approximately 30,000 symptomatic individuals and more than 200,000 at-risk in the United States alone.
The symptoms of HD have been described as suffering from ALS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's at the same time - a truly devastating condition. HD typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50, although symptoms can also develop earlier or late in life, and patients diagnosed with HD often pass away from the disease within 10 to 30 years, most commonly from infections and fall-related injuries.
Currently, there is no known cure for HD. Symptoms of the condition include movement disorders, cognitive disorders, psychiatric disorders such as depression, OCD, mania, and bipolar disorder. HD can cause behavioral changes and physical changes for patients.