Updated on July 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are very serious and can never be cured. They are caused by damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal cord by anything from a car accident, gunshot, a fall or diseases like spina bifida and Friedreich’s ataxia. These would cause loss of bodily function below the injury as well as loss of sensation and strength in that area as well.
Modern medicine has created dynamic devices that assist and allow people with SCI to continue to be able to be independent but treatment and therapy for SCI are very limited. Recently, a study published in Current Neuropharmacology considers cannabis as a possible therapy.
Researchers utilized information already in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases were queried for keywords related to SCI and cannabinoid to determine the treatment efficacy and safety of cannabinoid use, in people with SCI. The findings were powerful. An incredible 80 percent and 90 percent reduction in pain and spasticity was observed with cannabinoid use of experimental studies.