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Medical Marijuana and Hereditary Spinal Ataxia

What Is Hereditary Spinal Ataxia?

Hereditary spinal ataxia is sclerosis of the posterior and lateral colums of the spinal cord. This condition occurs in children mostly and is best characterized by ataxia in the lower extremities, which eventually begins to spread to the upper extremities. After it spreads to the upper extremities, it is follow by paralysis and contractures within the body. Hereditary spinal ataxia is also called Friedreich's ataxia.

Medical Marijuana and Hereditary Spinal Ataxia

For more information on hereditary spinal ataxia, please refer back to the Friedreich’s ataxia section due to the fact that these conditions are entirely similar.

Medical marijuana contains cannabinoids, which are absolutely essential in the lessening or alleviating of the symptoms that are directly associated with hereditary spinal ataxia. Cannabinoids not only act as antioxidants to reduce free radicals but they also act as pain relievers to suppress transmission of pain signals in the brain, relieve jerky eye movements, relax muscles that are tightened in the spine, help relieve depression or anxiety, relieves muscle spasms and drastic leg cramps and can help alleviate stress to no end. There is no cure for hereditary spinal ataxia at this current moment; however researchers around the world are getting closer to finding the answers.

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