Treating Cystic Fibrosis With Medical Marijuana and the Best Strains For It.
Cystic fibrosis is a life threatening condition that affects an estimated 30 000 people in the USA, with about 1,000 new cases each year. This condition is an inherited or genetic disorder that causes severe damages to the lungs, digestive system as well as other vital organs of the body.
Cystic fibrosis, particularly affect the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery, but in people suffering with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the fluids to be sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, these fluids plug up ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.
Screening for cystic fibrosis is now performed in newborns in every state in the USA so that the condition can be diagnosed before the symptoms ever show up.
The symptoms of cystic fibrosis typically vary from person to person depending on the severity of the disease. The most common respiratory signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis include a persistent cough that produces thick mucus, wheezing, breathlessness, repeated lung infections, exercise intolerance, inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose. Meanwhile, the digestive signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis include foul smelling/greasy stool, severe constipation, intestinal blockage as well as the inability to gain weight.
This condition is hereditary and children need to inherit one copy of the gene from each parent in order to have the disease. In cystic fibrosis, a defect or mutation in a gene changes a protein that is responsible for regulating the movement of salt in and out of the cells, thereby resulting in thick, sticky mucus in the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. The risk factors of cystic fibrosis include being a white and having a family history of the condition.
This disease is also known to result in complications such as nasal polyps, respiratory failure, acute exacerbations, bronchiectasis, diabetes, blocked bile duct, intestinal obstruction, nutritional deficiencies, and impotency, etc.
Cystic fibrosis has no cure, but there are different treatments to ease the symptoms and prevent further complications. The treatment options for cystic fibrosis include, surgical procedures, pulmonary rehabilitation, chest physical therapy, as well as the use of medication such as antibiotics, mucus thinning drugs, anti-inflammation medications, as well as inhaled medications called bronchodilators to help keep the airways open by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes.
Treating Cystic Fibrosis with Medical Cannabis
Can cannabis help treat Cystic Fibrosis?
Research into medical marijuana has revealed that although the herb can’t cure cystic fibrosis, it can help alleviate some of its symptoms if consumed in conjunction with other treatments. It should be noted that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana have so many effects on the body, many of which align with the symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Although medical cannabis may not eliminate all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, it helps in lessening the severity of the symptoms.
It has also been reported that certain forms of medical marijuana reduce nausea, thereby increasing appetite. This can however help against weight loss and loss of appetite, which are two common symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Even though medical marijuana doesn’t help in absorbing nutrients, the fact that it boost appetite is very encouraging to sufferers of cystic fibrosis because eating more doses improves the chances of acquiring nutrients.
Aches and pain, notably chest and abdominal pain associated with cystic fibrosis can also be curbed with the administration of medical marijuana. This assertion can be explained by the fact that medical marijuana is known to have a pain-relieving effect that can ease such discomforts.
Moreover, medical marijuana can equally ease inflammation, especially inflammation of the lungs in patients with cystic fibrosis. After all, several studies have revealed the anti-inflammatory properties of medical marijuana.
Nevertheless, it is apparent that very few studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of treating cystic fibrosis with medical marijuana. A medical doctor named Ester Fride wrote a paper titled ‘Cannabinoids and Cystic Fibrosis: A Novel Approach to Etiology and Therapy’. Investigating the effects of medical marijuana on cystic fibrosis, the doctor noted that the herb could effectively alleviate the symptoms of the disease, including chest pain, abdominal pain, nausea, inflammation, and could even assist in bronchodilation.
Another study was conducted in 1998 by Raphael Mechoulam. This study focused on the effects of THC, on nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy. Even though the study was not directly on cystic fibrosis, the findings can also apply to the condition as vomiting often affect cystic fibrosis patients, thereby contributing to loss of appetite, and subsequent malnutrition.
Of course, there is a need for scientists to carry out more research to determine the exact extent to which medical marijuana can treat cystic fibrosis, and whether this treatment option will result in adverse side effects.
The Best Marijuana Strains for Cystic Fibrosis
Some of the best marijuana strains for cystic fibrosis disease patients include:
- Early Pearl
- Silver Haze
How To Get a Med Marijuana Card for Cystic Fibrosis
If you are a resident of a legal state and want medical marijuana to help treat Cystic Fibrosis or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get your med card.
To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.