Spinal cord injury
This is caused by damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal (cauda equina). It usually causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury, according to Mayo Clinic. There are approximately 12,500 new spinal cord injuries each year, meaning 40 out of every one million people suffer such an injury. Research has shown that cannabis can help patients deal with the pain and muscle spasms that often accompany the injury. Researchers from Oxford Centre for Enablement found that “Cannabis medicinal extracts can improve neurogenic symptoms unresponsive to standard treatments”.