Request An Appointment Today

Complete this form to have a patient support specialist find and book an appointment with a certified physician near you.

Medical Marijuana and Arnold-Chiari Malformation

These malformations show up as structural defects within the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance. The pressure on the cerebellum can work to block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which normally protects and surrounds the brain and spinal cord. As a result - loss of balance, disorientation, vision problems, lack of coordination and frequent numbness can occur. The most commonly recognized form of CM is Type I, which can be asymptomatic and is often uncovered incidentally during routine examinations for other conditions. Type II is often accompanied by a form of spina bifida, causing the spinal cord to protrude from an opening in the back. Type III is the most severe form of CM which causes severe neurological defects.

As far as treatment is concerned, decompressive surgery can be utilized for more extreme cases, removing the second and third cervical vertebrae.  Additionally, the stopping of spinal fluids may be aided by an implanted shunt. For patients seeking a far less invasive treament plan, medical-grade marijuana is recommended for immediate pain relief specifically targeting chronic muscle pain, weakness, headaches and fatigue. Sativa-dominant strains work best to reduce nausea, reduce and relieve pain and increase muscle capability. 

Book Appointment | Back to List