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Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a progressive, fatal disease caused by a hereditary gene defect. The disease affects the patient’s long-term functioning, both physically and cognitively.

No cure exists, and many of the medications used to relieve the symptoms cause unpleasant side effects or worsening symptoms. Patients with Huntington’s disease gradually lose functioning as the disease progresses. Patients eventually need help with all functions and are typically confined to bed.

 

Antidepressants, anti-anxiety and anti-seizure drugs are often prescribed for Huntington’s disease.These drugs carry a high risk of side effects such as nausea, insomnia, and gastrointestinal problems. Many also cause, or contribute to the worsening of, depression or other psychiatric conditions.

How can Medical Marijuana Help patients with Huntington's Disease?

Researchers believe Huntington’s disease may be strongly connected to the body’s endocannabinoid system. Because there is no known cure for Huntington’s disease, medical treatment focuses on allowing the patient to live as normal a life as possible. One aspect of treatment is to reduce anxiety. Medical marijuana has been proven to reduce anxiety in numerous clinical studies.

 

Medical marijuana may offer some relief from the painful symptoms of Huntington’s Disease. Patients with Huntington’s disease often have a loss of appetite and lose weight as the disease progresses. Medical cannabis helps many patients ease discomfort, minimize nausea, and stimulate their appetites.

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