Medical Cannabis use of Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia Sufferers
The Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia are conditions in which the spinal cord is affected. In cases of the Arnold-Chiari Malformation, part of the brain reaches to the spinal cord because of structural and developmental problems primarily caused at birth which resulted in a abnormally small skull. In Syringomyelia, recesses form in the spinal chord. Both of these conditions have negative side effects, but the most important one in arguing the benefits of cannabis use in patients would be the pain experienced.
Cannabis has a positive effect on patients suffering both from the Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia because it is a sleep aid,and has been shown to reduce suffering in those with chronic pain, which patients with these two conditions certainly do suffer from. Many of these patients also have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to chronic pain. Research also shows that as many as 70% of medical cannabis users report that when used as a sleep aid, cannabis promotes longer sleep, and that they fell asleep sooner if they had trouble falling asleep before. But what is the best way to use medical cannabis?
There are several different ways to administer the drug. The most popular of course is inhalation, but this can expose the body to harmful byproducts of the drug. It is suggested if this is the chosen method of administration that at least a filter be used to cut down on these byproducts. Another method, although not the best is the use of a vaporizer, which releases less toxins than smoking. Probably the best choice for patients suffering from Syringomyelia and the Arnold-Chiari Malformation would be to consume the cannabis. Consuming the drug is said to relieve chronic body pain more than vaporizing or smoking. This method is also the most effective for relieving spastic movement and for use as a sleep aid. That being said, it is very important that it is not recommended to consume just the raw cannabis plant. Cannabis by itself would be much less effective than the edibles sold in dispensaries made from the oils and byproducts of the cannabis.
Other methods of cannabis that would likely be of use to sufferers of the conditions would be medical cannabis teas and sodas. These teas and sodas are available at many medical marijuana dispensaries and offer much the same sort of pain relief, sleep aid, and anti-spasticity as consuming edible cannabis does. There are a few different ways that patients who are suffering from Syrinomyelia and the Arnold-Chiari Malformation can begin to find relief from the chronic pain and every day suffering that they face.
Medical cannabis use in these patients is a natural and normal solution to the pain that Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syrinomyelia patients suffer from every single day. It is important to seek healthy treatment to ensure healthy and happy life!
For more information visit the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project.