myasthenia gravis marijuana

Is Weed the Miracle Cure for Myasthenia Gravis?

Erica Zahn

With public perceptions changing regarding the use of medical marijuana (cannabis) in the United States, studies are being conducted to determine the possible disease states that could be treated with the regulated and controlled drug. One of the diseases being studied is myasthenia gravis (MG).

Common features of MG include:
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Difficulties with chewing, speaking, and swallowing
  • Respiratory problems (in severe cases)

Exactly why does this happen? With MG, the body’s immune system makes antibodies, called acetylcholinesterase, that block or destroy the receptor sites for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Research suggests that medical marijuana may inhibit production of acetylcholinesterase, and provide relief in certain cases. But, the fact that marijuana is a muscle relaxant should give MG patients a good reason to question whether this treatment would be an asset to their treatment plan, or another obstacle in daily living.

Keep in mind, there is big money in making medical marijuana appealing to the widest audience possible, and for-profit corporations are going to try to prove that it can treat almost anything. And maybe (and that’s a GREAT BIG MAYBE) it can… but, it pays to be informed about the pros and cons of any treatment.

To read more about weed and MG from a for-profit corporation’s perspective click here.

What's the story behind myasthenia gravis and medical marijuana?


Here is an email from the patient with Myasthenia Gravis, who has done extremely well on combinations of CBD, THC and THC-A. The THC-A was clearly a huge part of it, but CBD was also of great benefit. So, here is her email:

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