Medical Cannabis May Benefit MS Patients
April 30th, 2014
Policy, Top News
Multiple sclerosis (“MS”) sufferers may benefit from taking medical cannabis, according to a new study in the journal Neurology. Patients that used cannabis as a pill or oral spray found relief from a number of symptoms, including spasticity, pain related to spasms, or central pain from lesions, although the drug didn’t help with late-stage patients who had tremors or abnormal involuntary movements.
MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord originating when the protective coating around nerve cells are damaged by inflammation. With no definitive tests or cures, patient treatment options are limited to medications that help slow down the progression of the disease or control symptoms. The disease is usually found between the ages of 20 and 40 among more women than men.
The legalization of medical cannabis in many U.S. states has freed up researchers to study the unique drug in more detail than ever before. Despite being used in medicine throughout history, the U.S. government’s classification of the drug as a Schedule I Controlled Substance quickly stopped research in the early 1900s and all medicines utilizing the drug were pulled off of the market.
Importantly, less than 1% of participants in the MS study experienced serious side effects like hallucinations or seizures. The only concern among researchers is that medical cannabis may worsen cognitive function and memory, which are already areas that are problematic in MS cases. While researchers couldn’t definitively link cannabis with depression, it’s something doctors should be aware of.
In the end, the study demonstrates yet another potential clinical use for medical cannabis, adding to a growing number of other studies, particularly in childhood epilepsy and cancer pain mitigation.
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