CANNABIS & EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME

Flexibility is a physical state many of us strive for. Many times, while doing a forward bend in yoga class, I’ve glanced over with envy at a class companion with their head effortlessly positioned against their knees. Outside of the yoga studio (and in a doctor’s or physical therapist’s office), this might be categorized as “hypermobility.”

The most severe manifestation of hypermobility is a diagnostic symptom of the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic condition that results in severe pain, regular joint dislocations, bowel complications, and chronic fatigue.

With their quality of life severely impaired, EDS patients often find themselves on a cocktail of prescription medication. Increasingly, however, cannabis is finding favor in the EDS community as a more effective and safe way to manage the complex symptoms they suffer.

In data published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, 37% of the 500 EDS patients surveyed, said they used cannabis medicinally.

Furthermore, of both the traditional and complementary therapies used by respondents, “marijuana was self-rated as most effective.” Read More

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