Medical Marijuana for Huntington’s Disease in Louisiana
Huntington’s disease is a neurological condition that causes nerve cells in the brain to
Huntington’s disease is a hereditary condition caused by a defective gene on chromosome 4, one of the 23 human chromosomes that carry a person’s entire genetic code.
Unfortunately, Huntington’s disease is fatal, and symptoms will worsen over time, often beginning with more mild symptoms until the condition develops with debilitating symptoms.
Medical marijuana can help improve quality of life for those who are currently living with Huntington’s Disease, and it is a qualifying condition for Louisiana medical marijuana.
What are the Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease?
Huntington's disease is an inherited degenerative neurological disorder that affects movement, cognition, and behavior. It is present at birth, although symptoms typically develop later in life. Although rare, juvenile Huntington’s Disease does occur. Symptoms often present themselves during mid-adult life with involuntary jerking movements.
There are no treatments that prevent or cure Huntington’s disease, but medications may help manage some of the symptoms or prolong survival slightly.
Symptoms are variable and can include:
Problems with memory
How is Huntington’s Disease Diagnosed?
Huntington's disease can be accurately diagnosed by physical examination along with blood
tests for huntingtin protein levels or huntingtin gene mutations.
The cause of Huntington’s disease is a hereditary mutation in the huntingtin gene that is present at birth. This mutation results in huntingtin protein having an abnormally long glutamine repeat. Symptoms worsen as huntingtin accumulates in brain cells over months to years and will eventually become debilitating.
How is Huntington’s Disease Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no treatment or cure available for Huntington’s Disease.
Treatment plans typically focus on improving the symptoms of the condition rather than the disease itself, and attention is usually focused on increasing quality of life and prolonging the fatal consequences of Huntington’s disease.
Medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood-stabilizers are often prescribed to help with the symptoms of Huntington’s disease and in many cases physical therapy, psychotherapy, speech therapy, and exercise are encouraged or prescribed.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Huntington’s Disease?
Medical marijuana can be an effective way to manage many of the symptoms of Huntington’s
disease, although it will not treat or cure the condition itself.
Medical marijuana has shown strong efficacy in helping to reduce tremors, improve cognition and mood, decrease depression, and reduce stress.
Other symptoms that Huntington’s disease causes that medical marijuana may help with include increased appetite, improved quality of life, decreased neuroinflammation, and decreased chronic pain.
Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana for Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s disease is a lifelong struggle, and although there are no treatments or cures available for the condition itself, medical marijuana may help with many of the
symptoms experienced by those diagnosed with Huntington’s disease.
Huntington’s disease is approved for medical marijuana in Louisiana, and getting medical marijuana for Huntington’s disease in Louisiana is an easy process.
To find out more about using medical marijuana for Huntington’s disease, consult with our
staff of qualified doctors who can help walk you through the path of getting medical
marijuana to help with Huntington’s disease.
Our patient support staff can be reached at (833) 253-2943 to help answer any questions you may have, or you can simply schedule an appointment online to see one of our medical marijuana doctors today!
You can even get your Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card in 3 easy steps!
Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.