Meningitis is a central nervous system disorder that affects the functioning & health of your brain and spinal cord. Studies show that cannabis can restrict the progression of many parts of the nervous system disorders like meningitis, managing different symptoms like chronic pain, muscle spasms and seizures.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is the swelling of your brain’s and spinal cords protective membranes. A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid around the spinal cord and brain normally causes this kind of swelling. There are other things that causes meningitis as well as:
– other types of infection
– certain drugs
According to the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), about one in 10 people carries the meningitis germ in their throat or nose but may not show any symptoms. These people are referred to as carriers.
Certain activities a carrier performs maul infect other people which include:
– sharing utinsels or food
– open-angle mouthed kissing
The condition is common in some groups. Anyone can get meningitis. The most age-risk age groups are:
– Adults over the age of 55
– Young Adults and teenagers aged 16-25
– Children under the age of 5
Individuals with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for meningitis. A few of these conditions are long-term diseases, missing or damaged spleens or immune system disorders.
Types of meningitis
The different types of menengitis are:
1. Bacterial meningitis
Bacterial Meningitis may be a life-threatening condition. It can cause severe problems like hearing loss, vmbrain damage and even death. This type of meningitis happens when bacteria reaches your bloodstream and travels to your spinal cord and brain.
2. Viral meningitis
This is more common than the bacterial type, but not as severe. Enteroviruses causes many viral meningitis cases. Chicken pox, measles, mumps and and other common viruses can cause it to, including some viruses picked up by insects and transferred to humans.
Fecal contamination can spread viral meningiti, normally when people don’t wash their hands properly after using the toilet or changing a diaper. Enteroviruses may also spread through nose, mouth or eye secretions or blister fluid.
3. Parasitic meningitis
A naegleria Fowleri parasite causes a rare parasitic meningitis called primary and big meningconcephalitis (PAM). This causes a rapid progressing brain infection that is fatal. People detect naegleria Fowleri across the globe in warm freshwater sources like rivers, hot springs and lakes. The parasite also lives in:
– poorly treated sailing pools
– warm-water industrial sources discharge
– water heaters
This type microscopic organism travels through the nose into the brain destroying brain tissue
Parasitic meningitis is not transferred from person-to-person contact.
Current treatments available for meningitis and their side effects.
Preventative measures start with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are at high risk. A healthy lifestyle means:
– not smoking
– not enough sleep
– not coming in contact with sick people
A doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you become effected. A doctor also may recommend vaccinations to help prevent against certain meningitis, which include:
1. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
2. Hemophilus jnfluenzae type B (HIB) vaccine
3. Meningococcal vaccine
Treatment of meningitis
Many types of meningitis require immediate hospitalization if developed from bacterial meningitis. A doctor can prescribeintravwnous antibiotics to treat it. Side effects from the antibiotics may include:
– severe, watery diarrhea
– vaginal discharge or itching
– allergic reactions like shortness of breath, rash or swelling of the younger and lips.
– white patches on the tounge
A doctor will prescribe antifungal agents for fungal meningitis. Side effects of antifungal agents can include:
– feeling sick
How cannabis can become effective treatment for meningitis
Endocannabinoids cannabinoids (EC’s) work through process of neuroprotection, immunomodulation and inflammation control of your central nervous system. Cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2) activation helps reduce pro-inflammatory factor release and increase anti-inflammatory cytokine secretion.
Endocannabinoid w archidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) induces eosinophil migration: the movement of white blood cells into the blood. CB2 receptor-dependant mechanisms can occur in peripheral blood. The cellular components of blood: white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets while activating neutrophils, the most abundant white blood cells in most mammals.
One study showed how medical cannabis has neuroprotective effects supporting brain and spinal corsbhealth also helping treat different CNS disorders. Cannabinoids including THC, protect astrocytes and neurons from damage helping in neruogeneration and modulate inflammatoryreaction.
What Side Effects or symptoms of Meningitis Can medical cannabis treat?
There’s little research on medical cannabis for meningitis. Many patients share their anecdotal stories to help educate and provide relief to other meningitis patients, helping in public knowledge for a better understanding of medical cannabis.
One patient in particular reported he found relief from inflammation, pain and swelling. He claimed marijuana for meningitis could give the antibiotics time to work and but the patients time. He believes medical marijuana allowed his body to heal without any long-term disabilities or life-threatening complications.
Medical cannabis for meningitis can help with symptoms such as:
– Decreased appetite
The best cannabis methods to treat side effects and symptoms of Meningitis patients can get overwhelmed with the amount of cannabis forms available. Different methods include:
– Cannabis oil