Published Studies Conclude Medical Marijuana Helps with MS

December 1, 2009 – People with multiple sclerosis suffer muscle spasms, pain and tremor. Studies find that medical marijuana may be helpful, but controlled studies are few.

An recent meeting, had fifty one people who suffer from multiple sclerosis and had them smoke 0% or 4% THC medical marijuana cigarettes daily for three days.

Participants noticed a reduction of 32% and pain ratings by 50% after smoking medical marijuana, compared with only a 2% and 22% reductions after fake cigarettes.

Five of the participants withdrew, saying the side effects made them feeling too high, dizzy or fatigued.

Other studies in patients with multiple sclerosis used a cannabis extract that can be taken orally. In a 2007 European Journal of Neurology study, nearly half of’4 patients experienced at least 30% improvement in muscle spasms.

A Neurology paper published in 2004 contradicted these claims by stating that there was no reduction in measures of arm tremors with the cannabis extract, although five out of- subjects reported feeling improvement.

This might have resulted from mood-altering effects of the drug or from some aspect of tremor not measured.

The participants mentioned feeling buzzed, yet the effects varied among individuals. Medical marijuana also affected thinking, shown as problems with tasks of memory and complicated reasoning after the strongest medical marijuana cigarettes were used.

As adverse of a side effect as this could be, the effects were tolerated by subjects; no one opted out of the study because they couldn’t focus.

it’s important to have a choice of treatments because not everyone responds to or can handle the available medications and drugs.

Antidepressants are used for neuropathic pain but cause dry mouth, constipation and urinary problems, and must be avoided by people with conditions such as glaucoma.

Some people cannot handle aspirin-like drugs. Providing an alternative medicine is optimal. The three pain studies all concluded that smoked medical marijuana can bring relief to sufferers of neuropathic pain comparable to other analgesic drugs.

As with all other pain medicines, you have to keep taking it.

About the Author:
For over three decades, Dr. Julian Reindhurst has studies the medicinal powers of marijuana. He has a blog that gives the perspective of how nirvana seeds benefited other civilizations. He has a website site that looks into the medicinal positives of the nirvana seeds.


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