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Medical Marijuana and Fibrous Dysplasia

What Is Fibrous Dysplasia?

Fibrous Dysplasia is characterized as a skeletal disorder in which scar-like tissue develops where normal bone once was. Healthy bone is then replaced by this fibrous tissue. This process of bone replacement can lead to chronic pain, fracture and misshapen bones, particularly when it occurs within longer bones including extremeties such as arms and legs. When it occurs within the skull, changes within the facial structure can occur as well as hearing or vision loss. 

Medical Marijuana and Fibrous Dysplasia

Although Fibrous Dysplasia is an uncommon condition, it is diagnosed most often within children and young adults. Fibrous Dysplasia can affect absolutely any bones in the body, however, it most commonly occurs in the skull and face, femur, tibia, humurus, pelvis and ribs. And although the condition can affect multiple bones at once, it cannot spread from one bone to another. The condition is caused by a defective gene in the cells which form bone as well as other affected tissues. The condition can be diagnosed by a characteristic appearance visible through x-rays. 

There is no current pharmaceutical treatment for Fibrous Dysplasia, however there are several surgical practices which are recommended if and when the bone fractures. There are several FDA approved medications for the treatment of other conditions known as biophosphonates which can work to alleviate symptoms of pain associated with Fibrous Dysplasia. Additionally, physical activity (with the permission of primary healthcare physician), calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D intake can help to treat the condition. For chronic pain management, achey bones, weakness and stiffness, Sativa-dominant strains of medical-grade marijuana can aid patients in immediate pain relief. 

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