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Medical Marijuana and Dystonia

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Medical marijuana has been shown to ease the pain of those who suffer with dystonia. Here at Sensible Seeds we are excited to have embarked on a project of research to look into cannabis strains and treatments that will most benefit you if you are suffering from dystonia and are searching for medical marijuana for dystonia. Sensible Seeds is committed to finding useful cannabis strains and associated medical marijuana information for your use. We are constantly updating our website when new discoveries come to light. Sensible Seeds have sourced information from a variety of well-established medical marijuana websites and a summary of this information is laid out for you below..


What is Dystonia?

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by abnormal muscle tension and involuntary, painful muscle contractions and spasms. Movement is usually repetitive and the sufferer has unusual and awkward posture. Fortunately brain functions such as intelligence, memory and language are unaffected in most cases. Generally, dystonia is not a common condition, although it is one of the more common neurological conditions after Parkinson's disease and tremor. The Dystonia Society estimates that at least 70,000 people in the UK are affected by dystonia. At least 8,000 of them are children and young people. It affects more than 300,000 people in North America.

There are several types of dystonia

·         focal dystonia, where a single body part is affected. This could be hands or eyes

·         segmental dystonia where two or more connected body parts, such as the neck and shoulder are affected

·         multifocal dystonia, where two or more parts of the body that aren't connected to each other are affected

·         generalised dystonia where both legs and other parts of the body are affected

·         hemidystonia where  dystonia affects half of the entire body

The two most common areas affected are the neck muscles (cervical dystonia) and the eyelids (blepharospasm). 

Symptoms of dystonia

·         muscle spasms

·         the limbs or torso take on an abnormal, twisted posture

·         a foot, leg or arm can turn inwards

·         body parts can jerk rapidly

Causes of dystonia

Primary dystonia, where muscle spasms are the only symptom and there is no other associated condition, is usually inherited even without specific family history. It is caused by a problem with a part of the brain that controls the movement of muscles. Dystonia that happens when it is a symptom of another condition or injury is known as secondary dystonia. Common causes of secondary dystonia are stroke, brain injury, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and Parkinson’s disease. 

Treating dystonia

There's no cure for dystonia. Symptoms can be managed with treatment and in the event of secondary dystonia symptoms can eventually disappear. People with underlying conditions are likely to have symptoms of dystonia that last for the rest of their lives.

Treatment options include:

·         medication – such as levodopa to increase levels of dopamine (a chemical that affects voluntary movement) in the brain; botulinum toxin, which stops muscle spasms; and muscle relaxants such as diazepam

·         physical therapy that seeks to improve posture and prevent muscles weakening

·         surgery where nerve endings that cause spasms are cut or a small pulse generator is implanted under the skin to block nerve impulses  

Medical marijuana for dystonia

A very small number of case reports and preclinical studies investigating the use of cannabis and cannabinoids for symptoms of dystonia are referenced in recent scientific literature. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (July 2002) published a case study reporting improved symptoms of dystonia in a 42-year-old chronic MMJ pain patient. Investigators reported that the subject’s subjective pain score fell from 9 to zero. He no longer needed additional analgesic medication for the following 48 hours. The Journal of Movement Disorders (August 2004) reported “significant clinical improvement” following cannabis inhalation in a twenty five year old MMJ patient with generalized dystonia due to Wilson’s disease. Also in 2004, a German research team at the Hannover Medical School reported successful treatment of a musician’s dystonia in a 38 year-old professional pianist following administration of 5 mg of THC in a placebo-controlled single-dose trial.  The pianist experienced “clear improvement of motor control” and was able to play technically demanding literature, which had not been possible before treatment.

In stark contrast, a 2002 randomized, placebo-controlled study that investigated the use of the synthetic oral cannabinoid Naboline in 15 patients afflicted with primary dystonia did not show a significant reduction in dystonic symptoms.  Investigators felt this was dose-related. A higher dose may have yielded a better outcome.

However, preclinical trials, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s, indicated that both synthetic cannabinoids as well as high doses of the natural non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) can moderate the disease progression of dystonia in animals.  Larger, more modern, clinical trials are warranted to investigate the use of cannabis and cannabinoids for dystonia.

Of course there are numerous forms of conventional treatment for Dystonia, but unfortunately many patients do not find comfort in them and they do not always assist in alleviating pain whereas many MMJ patients have found that the pain and discomfort associated with Dystonia can be eased.

Common symptoms of dystonia include appetite loss, nausea and severe pain can be eased by using medical marijuana for dystonia. Medical marijuana patients have found that using medical marijuana helps to alleviate the symptoms of dystonia because of its analgesic, anti-emetic and appetite stimulating properties. Similarly MMJ helps to counteract the spontaneous movements associated with this condition because of its anti-spasmodic properties. In American states that have legalized medical marijuana has seen MMJ patients improving the quality of their lives.


Medical marijuana for dystonia – Sensible Seeds

We are constantly updating the list of the marijuana seeds available for dystonia patients. Keep checking the Sensible Seeds websites for updates.

Barneys Farm - Night Shade - FEM -
KC Brains -Afghani Special - REG -
KC Brains -Afghani Special - FEM -
Paradise  - White Berry - FEM -
Paradise - Sativa Spirit - REG -
World of Seeds - Afghan Kush  - FEM -
World of Seeds - Afghan Kush Special - FEM -
World of Seeds - Afghan Kush Special  - REG -
Super Strains - Enemy of the State - FEM -
Spliff Seeds - Mega Power Plant - FEM -
Reserva Privada - Tora Bora - FEM -
Kannabia  - White Domina - AUTO FEM -
Big Buddha - Cheese - AUTO FEM -


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