Can Bell’s Palsy Be Successfully Treated With Cannabis?
Headaches are a common symptom of Bell’s Palsy. Interestingly, cannabis has been used as a treatment for headaches for centuries. Even into the early twentieth century, physicians used to prefer cannabis as an effective treatment for chronic headaches.
Various types of headaches seem to respond to cannabis, including migraines and tension headaches. While cannabis may not always make the pain go away completely, many medical cannabis patients find that the herb can lessen the sensation. Many medical cannabis patients also find that the euphoric uplift caused from psychoactive cannabis helps them forget about the pain and move on with daily activities.
Apart from headaches, jaw and facial pain is also common in those with Bell’s Palsy. Research suggests that low doses of THC make for a powerful analgesic. Cannabidiol (CBD), another common cannabis compound, has also proven to be a powerful pain reliever.
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a psychotropic “high.” Instead, it eases pain and relaxes muscles while producing a calm sensation of uplift and a positive sense of well-being.
High doses of THC may increase pain in some individuals. Mixing both THC and CBD may amplify the pain-fighting properties of the herb. Already, a pharmaceutical drug containing both THC and CBD has been created for treating the pain and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. That drug is Sativex, which was created by GW Pharmaceuticals.
5. Bell’s Palsy-associated conditions
One major reason to consider medical cannabis for Bell’s Palsy is the fact that preclinical research has already found that the herb is helpful for a variety of associated conditions. These include diabetes, tumors, HIV, and even viral herpes.
Research in HIV patients has found that cannabis consumption is associated with an improvement in T-cells, which recognize and kill off viruses. Early laboratory research on the herpes virus found that treatment with cannabis compounds halted the replication of the virus in cells cultured outside of the body.
CBD and another less common cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), have been found to reduce inflammation associated with diabetes. The compounds also improved insulin sensitivity and fasting glucose levels in early trials in human patients.
Strains for Bell’s Palsy
Unfortunately, there is little formal research on what types of cannabis may be most beneficial for Bell’s Palsy. This means that canna-curious patients are left to experiment for themselves.
While it is always recommended to work with a cannabis-savvy doctor before integrating the herb into your care routine, here are a few strains that may be helpful for those with Bell’s Palsy:
- Blue Dream (high THC, upbeat)
- Purple Kush (high THC, sedative)
- Super Sour Diesel (high THC, energizing)
- Pennywise (balanced CBD and THC)
- Harlequin (high CBD)
- Cannatonic (high CBD)
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