Colorado Man Says Hemp Oil Relieved His Facial Paralysis Curt Platt has lived with Bell’s palsy, a paralysis or weakness affecting part or all of the face, for about 12 years. Platt was A 66 yo man retired computer analyst had the onset of facial weakness, drooping eyelid and burning pain in the right ear that was diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy three weeks ago. Before treatment he described episodes of stabbing right ear pain and several acne form skin lesions on his ear and face.
Colorado Man Says Hemp Oil Relieved His Facial Paralysis
Curt Platt has lived with Bell’s palsy, a paralysis or weakness affecting part or all of the face, for about 12 years.
Platt was suffering a debilitating flare-up when he decided to try hemp oil as a possible treatment — and his story could point to yet another possible medical benefit of cannabidinol, or CBD.
A Hemp Oil Patient Finds Relief
Within minutes of trying a few drops of hemp oil from Denver-based World Class Health, Platt started to feel better within minutes, according to the testimonial he shared with the company.
Within 20 minutes, 90 percent of Platt’s symptoms were gone; he now takes hemp oil daily and feels great, according to the company. Platt previously suffered from Bell’s palsy flare-ups for about one month annually.
The condition affects about 40,000 Americans per year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
It’s not a life-threatening condition, and most patients fully recover within one to two months.
The CBG Effect
No medical studies of medical marijuana’s direct impact on Bell’s palsy exist that Benzinga could find, but the general anti-inflammatory properties of medical marijuana and cannabinoids suggest it’s worth a second look.
The tincture World Class Health provided to Platt is high in CBG, or cannabigerol. It’s one of more than 110 identified cannabinoids present in marijuana, and it has analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Ben Rippley, World Class Health’s sales director.
World Class Health said it’s taking advantage of the benefits of cannabinoids like CBG and aims to create products that would represent a synergy between CBD and other cannabinoids.
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Cannabidiol Case report for Bell’s Palsy
A 66 yo man retired computer analyst had the onset of facial weakness, drooping eyelid and burning pain in the right ear that was diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy three weeks ago. Before treatment he described episodes of stabbing right ear pain and several acne form skin lesions on his ear and face. His right eye could not close with the greatest of effort and he needed eye drops to keep his eye moist. His speech was slurred with occasional drooling. His close vision was also impaired and he was unable to read fine print with glasses. His partner said he had started to make some improvement 4 days prior to our meeting. However when I saw him the right face was perfectly smooth with no muscular tone and no natural creasing in the forehead or the face. He was very concerned about the slow progress of recovery and subdued in his demeanor. He had been using a multi-vitamin by Baranta that he hoped would speed the recovery process.
He started CBD from industrial hemp by Elixinol using 10mg orally. He felt significant immediate pain relief and resolution of his visual impairment. He continued with 10 mg CBD for two additional servings before returning in 24 hours. At that time he had substantial recovery of his facial muscle tone including his eye lids, forehead and mouth folds. His vision was normal, his mood was upbeat, his speech substantially clear, his movements spontaneous and natural. Even skin lesion on his ear and hand that were previously non-healing became scabbed and non-painful. The stabbing ear pain was almost resolved. He plans to continue CBD at least until full resolution of his symptoms.
Bell’s palsy is a facial nerve paralysis caused that may be caused by a virus. It’s characterized by muscle weakness that causes one half of the face to droop and usually resolves on its own within six months. People may experience: Pain in the ear or abnormality of taste or sensitivity to sound. Because of facial muscle weakness there can be difficulty speaking clearly, drooling, or dry eyes. But, some people do not fully recover, consider the actress Anne Margret. A major part of the problem is the impingement of the facial nerve in at bony canal in skull due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Due to compression the nerve cannot function properly and has impaired vascular supply. CBD immediately improved nerve function, vascular flow and reduced the inflammatory reactions leading to rapid initial recovery.
CBD engages two major pathways to improve outcomes in this case: neurotransmitters and immune reactions. By modulating neurotransmitters CBD immediately reduce pain and improves neurologic function. By reducing cytokines and inflammatory macrophages CBD reduces swelling and also pain. All of this with side benefits unheard of in most contemporary medical or surgical therapy: mood, cognition, healing, sleep and performance.
CBD also has anti-viral properties that have been shown specifically against hepatitis C virus as well as staph and strep bacteria. CBD has also been highly protective against fibrotic liver disease. CBD could be highly effective in shingles that is caused by varicella virus as well. Potential of cannabidiol for the treatment of viral hepatitis. Phcog Res 2017;9:116-8.