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Study Reinforces Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis

Tim Timmons holds a glass pipe filled with marijuana at his Garland home. Timmons smokes marijuana at night to ease pain caused by multiple sclerosis.

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Study Reinforces Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis

Tim Timmons holds a glass pipe filled with marijuana at his Garland home. Timmons smokes marijuana at night to ease pain caused by multiple sclerosis. Courtney Perry/Dallas Morning News.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a serious inflammatory disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, affects almost 2.5 million people worldwide and has no cure.

A recent study published by Neurology Journal shows that cannabis may work to alleviate symptoms without the harsh, damaging side effects often associated with pharmaceutical treatments for MS.

The study shows cannabis is effective in curtailing spasms associated with MS, along with other symptoms such as pain from spasms or lesions. Participants were given cannabis in a throat spray or pill form and some smoked it as well.

There was some fear that the use of cannabis would increase depression, but Dr. Barbara Koppel, Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College and the main author of the research analysis, stated that they could not find a link between cannabis use and increased depression.

Additionally Koppel pointed out that people with this disease “already have higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation than the general public.” Therefore, she said any claims of increased depression based on this study cannot be credible.

“The [symptoms of MS] that were helped the most were pain, spasticity, which is tightness of the muscles, difficulty walking, which is usually related to spasticity,” Koppel told CBS New York.

Some common widespread treatments are not ideal or necessarily effective for patients and tend to have very harsh side effects; MS is a condition regularly included within the regulatory framework for state medical marijuana programs. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society openly supports the safe access of cannabis medicines to patients in states where it is legal.

Do you or someone you know suffer from MS and treat it with cannabis? Tell us in the comments below!

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Jessica Rose

    November 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I was diagnosed with MS in 2015. Before knowing of my condition i smoked marijuana recreational. Now since being diagnosed i still use Marijuana but i can feel the different effects it has on my body. It gives me the energy i need just to get through my day, as well it stops my tremors, it also helps with the pain and heaviness i would get in my legs. Not only does it help physically but i notice a difference in my mood. I am happier and i dont let my MS affect my day to day activities. I get to be involved more with my daughters after school programs, i also get to enjoy having fun chasing her around in the park. I would recommend medical marijuana to any MS patient that has not already gave it a chance.

  2. Bob2427

    June 14, 2014 at 1:51 am

    I’ve been living with MS for three years now. Tried every rat made drug doesn’t even come close to killing my pain. Cannabis by far 100% natural works the best

  3. Joe

    May 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Happy this is helping him. I turned to marijuana medically this past week while recovering from a j-pouch and intestinal re-hookup surgery. Un real pain from the newly stitched intestines and anal spasms had me with no idea where to go in pain. As the oxygen 2 oxy 5s were not relieving me.

    The marijuana helped to manage pain, calm the spasms, and found me a point of comfort. Helped calm my headache I had from the narcotics on empty stomach. By doing so also allowed me to tolerlate small meals with out the pain.

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