Overview of Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)

Spinocerebellar ataxia, also known as SCA, is the name for a group of degenerative and progressive diseases. SCA causes problems with your movements.

The cerebellum, the area of the brain that controls coordination, is highly compromised as SCA can cause the cerebellum to become smaller or atrophied. Because there are so many types of SCA, people can be misdiagnosed for years. In many cases, those with Ataxia have inherited it. Symptoms associated with spinocerebellar ataxia include poor coordination of hands, eye movements and speech. Additionally, muscle movements are particularly strained. Generally, full mental cognition is preserved. However, physical deterioration may occur over time.

Most cases of SCA are hereditary, and the condition can affect you at any age.  If your physician suspects you might have spinocerebellar ataxia, they will recommend you visit a neurologist. Your neurologist will schedule you for a spine and brain MRI and possibly a spinal tap to diagnose the condition.

Findings: Effects of Cannabis on Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)

The following may help you make an informed decision if you’re interested in how marijuana can help relieve your spinocerebellar ataxia symptoms. Pot is known for treating:

  • Loss of appetite: A well-known side effect of taking marijuana for spinocerebellar ataxia reflex dystrophy is having the “munchies.” If your appetite is not good due to your condition, there is a strain that can help you.

  • Depression: Some strains of cannabis help lift your mood. We’ll look at depression, marijuana and spinocerebellar ataxia reflex in the next section.

  • Pain: Many people with chronic conditions use medical marijuana to gain respite and relief.

  • Insomnia: Pot is known to relax your body, helping you achieve a good night’s rest.

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