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by 420insight on March 28, 2015
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What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis,  is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to one of the two facial nerves. Symptoms may include twitching, weakness, or paralysis, drooping eyelid or corner of the mouth, drooling, dry eye or mouth, impairment of taste, and excessive tearing in the eye.

Medical Marijuana and Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a form of facial paralysis that results from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve, or facial nerve. Due to the dysfunction of this nerve, it causes an inability to control facial muscles on the affected side of your face. There are several conditions that can cause facial paralysis such as a brain tumor, a stroke or even Lyme disease. Unfortunately, there have been no specific causes that can readily be identified as playing a main factor in the formation of Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is one of the most common acute mononeuropathy conditions and is one of the most common causes of acute facial never paralysis.

Per year, nearly 30,000 to 40,000 individuals in the United States are affected by Bell’s Palsy. Although many people have recovered spontaneously from Bell’s Palsy, there is the chance to achieve near-normal functioning once again. Some believe that a type of herpes infection known as herpes zoster could be directly involved with the formation of this condition.

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 this for months and months at a time, it can be a frustrating and degrading time of their life. This is where medical marijuana can come into play as a great alternative medication. Cannabinoids have had potential clinical relevance in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Bell’s Palsy. It is of the utmost importance to relax the brain this way all stress is gone, but first a patient needs to properly learn how to ease their brain. Marijuana directly provides a new sense of production of new neurons and nerves in the brain, which can stimulate the grown of gross motor nerves to improve the conditions symptoms. Also, regarding the individual’s immune system, depending on how low of a dose they take, it may enhance cell proliferation within the body.

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