Can Medical Marijuana Treat Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a neurodegenerative disease in which the body’s autoimmune system destroys myelin in the spinal cord and brain.  Patients who suffer from the disease suffer from a host of unpleasant symptoms, including muscle spasms, difficulty speaking, and paralysis.

 

While there is no known cure for MS, medical marijuana can be used to help ease the disease’s symptoms and to help relieve and side-effects associated with other MS medications.

 

These medical side-effects can range from the relatively mild, such as headaches and drowsiness, to more severe and potential dangerous issues like seizures and disturbances in the ability to speak and see.

 

Recent scientific experiments on animals afflicted with MS have indicated that medicinal marijuana can go a long way towards controlling involuntary muscle tremors.  Similar to how medical marijuana can be used to ease ocular pressure in glaucoma patients and epileptic seizures, MS patients are finding relief from spasticity.

 

Additionally, many patients suffer from physical pain as sclerotic plaque lesions that obstruct the central nervous system.  This pain can also contribute to difficulty sleeping.  Medical marijuana has long been proven to help ease these symptoms, often associated with other diseases.

 

While medical marijuana can’t cure MS itself, when used in conjunction with more traditional pharmaceuticals,  it can help to ease the suffering of patients battling MS.  Ingesting medical marijuana tinctures or edibles can provide long-lasting relief to many of MS’s persistent symptoms.  Smoking medical marijuana can deliver more immediate results, especially during spastic episodes.

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