Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
One of the most significant symptoms of myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disorder, is muscle weakness. For many patients, it can affect their facial expressions and make swallowing and speaking difficult. With medical marijuana, patients can ease their MG-related muscle weakness without the harmful side effects of prescription drugs.
Traditional treatments physicians prescribe for MG-related muscle weakness include:
Other treatments, like plasmapheresis and immunoglobulin, eliminate irregular antibodies, which can stop the progression of muscle weakness, but do not discontinue the production of these antibodies.
For many patients, medical pot offers a safer management of muscle weakness from myasthenia gravis. This is because medical marijuana provides less severe side effects than anticholinesterase drugs and works similarly to them. When you use medical cannabis for MG-related muscle weakness, it:
Researchers believe medical weed causes these effects by binding to receptors, as well as through another method they have yet to discover. With additional research, however, it’s likely they’ll find out why.
Some of the advantages of using medical cannabis for MG-related muscle weakness include:
For many medical marijuana physicians, the benefits of medical weed often outweigh its potential side effects, such as red eyes, which is why more doctors are recommending this medicine to patients coping with muscle weakness from MG.
Medical cannabis physicians also recommend medical weed for other symptoms of myasthenia gravis, including:
Some of these symptoms, like anxiety and stress, result from patients worrying how others may perceive them due to having difficulty speaking. With medical weed, you or a loved one can manage these symptoms and enrich your daily life.
Whether you or a loved one are interested in managing your myasthenia gravis-induced muscle weakness, it’s essential to meet with a caring and licensed medical marijuana physician in your area. At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we’ve built up a comprehensive directory of practitioners you and your family can trust.
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