For people with multiple sclerosis, each day can be a fight for any semblance of normalcy. MS is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. The disease, which often develops slowly, wreaks havoc on the body’s ability to function normally and causes a buildup of scar tissue.
Does MS Have a Cure?
Multiple sclerosis affects millions of people world wide and at this point has no known cure. The drugs available to treat MS right now slow down the progression of the disease but often do not ease the pain and other symptoms. For symptoms of the disease, there is not much available for treatment. One thing that does treat pain, and especially pain from MS very well, is cannabis.
Marijuana Relieves The Pain
The painful breakdown of inflamed tissue that occurs within the body of an MS patient causes massive amounts of discomfort. As shown by countless studies across the globe, cannabis is shockingly effective at treating pain. According to a trial conducted over 10 years ago, a cannabis extract with a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1 was two times more successful at treating pain than placebo. While cannabis can help treat pain, there is evidence that it can treat some of the underlying issues related to MS as well.
Spasms Decrease Due to Marijuana
One of the more noticeable symptoms of MS are muscle spasms throughout the body. Now, there is evidence that suggests cannabis may be able to be used for treating muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. In a 2005 study, 74% of the MS patients given a cannabis based medicine reported at least some decrease in the rate of muscle spasms suffered. There is definitely not enough evidence to make any conclusion regarding the effectiveness of cannabis in treating muscle spasms, but the evidence we do have is very promising.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes many people suffering and pain, but the fact that cannabis can be used effectively to treat some of the many negative symptoms brought by it is encouraging.
Lane is based in Southern California and is a content curator for Medical Marijuana 411. He focuses his research into finding informative stories that can help medical marijuana patients better understand their diverse medicine.