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Medical Marijuana and Arachnoiditis

What Is Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is an inflammation of the arachnoid, the protective membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Although this condition has no consistent symptom patterns, it commonly affects the nerves connecting the lower back and the legs. Arachnoiditis is characterized by chronic pain, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms and uncontrollable twitching. Additionally, the condition often brings about neurological problems and severe "electric shock" like sensations.

Medical Marijuana and Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis is caused by an inflammation of the arachnoid. Several causes for inflammation are direct injuries to the spine, chemicals found in epidural steroid injections, bacterial viruses and/or infections, chronic compression of spinal nerves and complications from spinal surgeries. Arachnoiditis can be diagnosed by taking an electromyogram (EMG) to assess the severity of ongoing damage to the affected nerve roots. 

Health care professionals will often recommend programs for pain management, such as physiotherapy, psychotherapy and excercise. Although there is no current pharmaceutical treatment on the market, medical marijuana can provide patients with immediate pain relief for their muscle spasms. Cannabis Indica strains can work to alleviate pain, aid in sleep, and relax muscles. Cannabidiol has proven to demonstrate remarkable progress in relieving inflammation and easing the tingling and numbing sensations associated with Arachnoiditis.

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