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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 system attacks the patient's myelin, a substance that serves as a barrier around nerve fibers in the central nervous ystem. The damaged myelin turns into scar tissue, also known as sclerosisMS 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 system.

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.


Is Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Right for You?

Multiple Sclerosis has four recognized courses of progression: Relapsing-Remitting MS, Primary-Progressive MS, Secondary-Progressive MS, and Progressive-Relapsing MS Patients with each course may experience mild, moderate, or severe symptoms, and may face various levels of degeneration and disability as the condition progresses. Some Multiple Sclerosis patients eventually must use a wheelchair for mobility, while others may function at a higher level throughout life. Since no two cases of Multiple Sclerosis progress in exactly the same way, it's important to schedule a visit to a medical marijuana doctor if you think medicinal marijuana should be part of your Multiple Sclerosis treatment plan. Most patients with MS experience one or more symptoms that may be relieved by using medical marijuana.

Once your doctor has written a recommendation for medical marijuana for your Multiple Sclerosis, be sure you're familiar with your state, city, and county's medical marijuana laws. Next, choose a medical marijuana caregiver and/or distributor in order to legally obtain your medicine. Make sure you're comfortable with and trust each person involved in your Multiple Sclerosis treatment. If at any time you feel unsure that you're working with people who have your best interests in mind, walk away and look elsewhere to obtain your medical marijuana. There are many medical marijuana providers in most areas where medical marijuana is legal, and you'll have a more positive experience if you're prepared to "shop around" for the right fit for you.


Disclaimer:This text is for informative purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from a physician. Always consult your doctor before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.