Myasthenia gravis is a Chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness and overall fatigue. For example, if you have myasthenia gravis, you may notice that during a meal, your jaw muscles become tired and weak, interfering with your ability to chew food. After you have rested for a little while, the muscles may become strong again, allowing you to resume eating. Nerves tell muscles what to do by sending messages through receptors and the chemical that binds these receptors is acetylcholine. Myasthenia Gravis is the result of having fewer acetylcholine receptors than needed. Though myasthenia gravis can affect people of any age, it’s more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60. The disease most commonly affects muscles that control the eye and eyelid resulting in a droopy eyelid or blurred vision. General Myasthenia Gravis is more widespread and can affect multiple muscle groups throughout the body Other common muscle groups that are affected may make it difficult for you to chew, swallow, smile, shrug, lift your arm up, grip, rise to a stand, or walk up stairs. When the muscles necessary for breathing are affected, a patient is said to be in myasthenic crisis and can be a life threatening situation
Medical Cannabis and Myasthenia Gravis
Medicinal Cannabis is an exceptional form of medicine for patients who suffer from myasthenia gravis. For patients who are struggling with fatigue and motor control we recommend more sativa dominant strains. Strains or medicated products higher in CBD can also be beneficial because of its anticonvulsive and anti-inflammatory effects. Patients who are struggling with pain might benefit from more indica dominant strains for their calming and sedating effects. Sativa dominant strains should be used with caution as their stimulating properties could enhance muscle spasms. Topical lotions can be used as well. Cannabis is a great form of medicine due to the fact that it allows the patient’s muscles to relax and function in an appropriate and operational manner.