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Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, causes nerve cells to waste away and eventually die, causing the body to no longer be able to send messages to muscles. Naturally, this leads to extreme muscle degradation, twitching and an inability to move certain body parts. ALS progresses slowly, to the point where chest muscles being to fail, making it extremely difficult or impossible to breathe.

According to a study by Carter and Rosen in 2001,  “marijuana should be considered in the pharmacological management of ALS.” Marijuana has been shown to possess strong neuroprotective and antioxidative effects which can extend the life of the neuronal cells. It can induce sleep which many ALS patients have a hard time achieving.

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