Bell’s Palsy, medically known as idiopathic facial paralysis, is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunctional facial nerve, which results in the sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of the face and causes it to droop. Several conditions have been known to cause facial paralysis, such as a brain tumor, stroke, or Lyme disease. If no specific cause can be identified, then the condition is usually diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy.
There has been no readily identifiable cause found for Bell’s Palsy found, even though it affects about 30,000 – 40,000 people a year in the United States. However, Bell’s Palsy is thought to be due to the swelling and inflammation of the seventh cranial (facial) nerve, which controls the movement of the muscles in the face.
Bell’s Palsy usually improves within three weeks to six months, for 10% of sufferers it can recur, and a few have been known to suffer it indefinitely. Those most likely to be affected, compared to the general public, are diabetics, those who have high blood pressure, and pregnant women. Most cases go away completely within a few weeks to months.
Some of the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy seem to occur after a cold, and are almost always on one side of the face only. Symptoms may take 2 to 3 days to show up and they may range from mild to severe. One side of the face will feel stiff or pulled to one side. It is said that the symptoms are similar to that which you get at the dentist when you receive Novocain, and you have no control over the muscles in the affected area. Often the eye in the affected side cannot be closed.
Observations by surgeons and neuroradiologists reveal that with Bell’s Palsy, there is inflammation and edema of the affected facial nerve. It is often found that no treatment is usually necessary for this condition, as some symptoms begin to improve right away. However, for the patients who have to deal with the paralysis for months at a time, it can be a frustrating and degrading time of their life, as it affects eating, drinking and facial expression, and sometimes the eye on the affected side cannot close. Cortisone is said to be a viable treatment, however, early treatment is said to be necessary for the steroids to be effective.
In June, 2013, scientists from the University of Bonn discovered, in their experiments on mice, that the endocannabinoids found in marijuana, can play an important role in the regulation of the inflammation processes. These results were published in the distinguished scientific journal ‘Science’.
Marijuana has been proven, scientifically, to be a great alternative medication for the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. Cannabinoids have clinical relevance in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Bell’s Palsy. Marijuana directly provides for the production of new neurons in the brain, which can stimulate the gross motor nerves which would improve the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. Also, marijuana has been proven to enhance cell proliferation within the body.
In recent years, extracts of the marijuana plant have been used as a popular remedy against inflammation. When inflammation occurs, the endocannabinoids act like someone who is stepping on the brakes. The endocannabinoids prevent the body from doing too much of a good thing and the immune reaction from getting out of control.
The medicinal properties in marijuana can be beneficial as a treatment for lots of medical conditions, including Bell’s Palsy, and it should be legalized.
Popular Cannabis Strains for Treating Bell’s Palsy
Blue Dream is a commonly recommended strain for several diseases. This sativa-dominant strain is versatile and offers several medicinal benefits and offering its users head to toe relaxation, boost mood and spark creativity. Since Blue Dream is effective in treating inflammation and pain, it has been a popular cannabis strain for those who suffer from Bells Palsy.
Lemon Kush is another effective strain for treating the inflammation from Bell’s Palsy. This cannabis strain provides several medicinal properties and also has a nice citrusy taste from its high limonene content. Users find that it delivers a relaxing and euphoric high that will boost your mood. Keep in mind that too much Lemon Kush can lead to headaches and dizziness. Patients with Bells Palsy find that this strain can help treat insomnia, pain, stress and nausea.
Girl Scout Cookies
Easily one of the most famous cannabis strains in recent times, Girl Scout Cookies or GSC, has many medicinal qualities that can benefit those who suffer from Bells Palsy. Like similar strains mentioned in this article, it provides full body relaxation. GSC has received multiple awards for its medicinal use and provides several therapeutic benefits including effective treatment of insomnia, stress, pain and depression. For this reason, Girl Scout Cookies is an ideal strain for sufferers of Bells Palsy.
Cannatonic is a popular high CBD cannabis and low THC cannabis strain that will barely deliver a high so if you’re looking for a recreational strain then stay away from this one. This strain is used primarily for medicinal purposes which is why those who have Bells Palsy will find medicinal benefits. Typically Cannatonic has CBD percentage as high as 17% and is effective in treating pain, stress, muscle spasms and depression. Since Cannatonic is an indica-dominant strain, it’s recommended to take it in the evening or night.