Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rare neurological condition that affects the brain and nerves and causes weakness that continues to worsen over time. MND can significantly reduce life expectancy and ultimately leads to death, however, treatments may help to improve quality of life and extend a patient’s lifespan, somewhat.
The symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease are usually slow to develop and may not be obvious at first. This may mean that a diagnosis is made relatively late, however, there are some early signs which may be symptoms of MND.
These can include:
MND is caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurones. The condition develops when these cells gradually stop working over time, though it is not understood why this happens.
Having a close relative with motor neurone disease, or a related condition called frontotemporal dementia, can sometimes mean you're more likely to get it; however, in most cases, MND does not run in the family.
There is currently no known cure for MND, however, treatments can help to prolong life and reduce the impact on everyday life. Following a diagnosis of MND, you will receive care from GPs and specialist physicians who will determine the right treatment options for you. These can include:
If traditional treatment options such as those listed above fail to provide relief, medical cannabis can be considered to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life in patients with Motor Neurone Disease. There is evidence to support the potential of medical cannabis in improving symptoms associated with MND which can lead to an improvement in quality of life.
In a study from 2014, researchers found that cannabinoid-based medicines were able to improve spasticity and quality-of-life measures; specifically, “nabiximols had a positive effect on spasticity symptoms in patients with Motor Neurone Disease”.
Our specialist physcians are experienced in assessing individual cases and helping to determine whether medical cannabis could be an effective option.