Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptom Treatment with Medical Marijuana

Multiple Sclerosis treatment with medical marijuana may reduce or alleviate Multiple Sclerosis symptoms including spasticity, pain, ataxia, depression, and anxiety, according to clinical trials and case studies on the use of medicinal marijuana by Multiple Sclerosis patients. Medical marijuana may even slow neurodegeneration associated with MS.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment with Medical Marijuana

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune ssystem attacks the patient’s myelin, a substance that serves as a barrier around nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The damaged myelin turns into scar tissue, also known as sclerosis MS patients may experience mild, moderate, or severe multiple sclerosis symptoms, and may also experience both relapses and remissions throughout the course of the disease. Multiple Sclerosis patients may benefit from using medical marijuana both for the relief of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and in hopes of slowing the degeneration of the central nervous ssystem.

Multiple Sclerosis symptoms that medicinal use of marijuana may help to alleviate include chronic pain, depression, fatigue, numbness, spasticity, ataxia, emotional changes, sexual dysfunction, and moreIn a survey of 112 medical marijuana patients with Multiple Sclerosis, over 80% reported improvement of spasticity, pain, tremor, depression, anxiety, and paresthesia. In addition, a 2007 meta-analysis of double-blind placebo-controlled trials studying the use of medical marijuana to treat neuropathic pain in Multiple Sclerosis patients found that cannabinoids are effective in treating pain associated with MS. In a survey whose results were presented at the 10 World Congress on Pain, most medical marijuana patients with Multiple Sclerosis reported relief from spasms and pain. A 2008 study by the London School of Medicine found that medical marijuana can even slow neurodegenerative disease progression in MS.

* as always please be sure to consult with a health professional to assess the risks and rewards of adding medicinal cannabis to your treatment program.

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