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Medical Marijuana and Lou Gehrig's Disease

What Is Lou Gehrig's Disease?

Lou Gehrig's Disease is the commonly used name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and eventually death.

Medical Marijuana and Lou Gehrig's Disease

Lou Gehrig's disease is another name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and afflicts 5,000 Americans annually. The disease was named after Lou Gehrig, the famed baseball player from the 1920s and 1930s who was diagnosed with the disease. Lou Gehrig's disease interferes with the brain’s ability to initiate and control muscle movement and it eventually hinders all movement, including speech, swallowing and breathing. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed, and all of Lou Gehrig's disease cases result in death.

Currently, there is no cure for Lou Gehrig's disease and there is no treatment available to reverse the disease’s effects on the body. According to the ALS Association, the mean survival rate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the US is three to five years. There is only one FDA approved drug for Lou Gehrig's disease called riluzole, which can extend life by about 2 months on average. However, research shows that medical marijuana can be an effective way to alleviate some Lou Gehrig's disease symptoms, slow the progress of the fatal disease and extend the lives of Lou Gehrig's disease patients.

Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco recently found that select marijuana compounds, including THC, significantly slow the disease process and could extend life in Lou Gehrig's disease patients by three years or more. This same research group found that THC can also alleviate some symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease such as muscle spasms.

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