ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Cannabinoids and Medical Marijuana

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

Cannabinol delays symptom onset
Cannabinol delays symptom onset in SOD1 (G93A) tra…[Amyotroph Lateral Scler Other Motor Neuron Disord. 2005] – PubMed Result


Therapeutic options for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common adult-onset motor neuron disorder, remain limited. Emerging evidence from clinical studies and transgenic mouse models of ALS suggests that cannabinoids, the bioactive ingredients of marijuana (Cannabis sativa) might have some therapeutic benefit in this disease. However, Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta(9)-THC), the predominant cannabinoid in marijuana, induces mind-altering effects and is partially addictive, compromising its clinical usefulness. We therefore tested whether cannabinol (CBN), a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, influences disease progression and survival in the SOD1 (G93A) mouse model of ALS. CBN was delivered via subcutaneously implanted osmotic mini-pumps (5 mg/kg/day) over a period of up to 12 weeks. We found that this treatment significantly delays disease onset by more than two weeks while survival was not affected. Further research is necessary to determine whether non-psychotropic cannabinoids might be useful in ameliorating symptoms in ALS.

PMID: 16183560 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Marijuana in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (may need free registration)

Cannabis use in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (may need free registration)                                                                                                                        

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