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Medical Marijuana and Spinocerebellar Ataxia

The cerebellum, the area in the brain that controls coordination is highly comprimised as SCA can cause the cerebellum to become smaller or atrophied. Because there are so many types of SCA, many cases can go years being misdiagnosed. In many cases, people with Ataxia have inhereted it. Symptoms associated with Spinocerebellar Ataxia include poor coordination of hands, eye movements and speech. Additionally, muscle movements are particularly strained Generally, full mental cognition is preserved, however, physical deterioration may occur over time. 

Although there is no current medical treatment designed specifically for Spinocerebellar Ataxia, there are several options for patients suffering from the condition. Often if the Ataxia develops as a result of another condition, the underlying condition will first be treated. Because there are so many leading causes of the condition, it is difficult for healthcare professionals to target one specific treatment plan. If, for example, the condition occurs as a result of a metabolic deficiency, a specific diet and medications would be optimal for treatment. If it is caused by a vitamin deficiency, vitamin therapy might be considered. Physical therapy is often utilized for the strengthening of muscles and improved coordination as well. Cannabinoid treatment is recommended for curbing nausea and improving one's appetite. Additionally, cannabinoid treatment can act as an immediate pain reliever. Medical marijuana can help to reduce stresses brought on by the disease, relax tightened muscles, help with associated depression and help patients to achieve full nights of sleep. 

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