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Why Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Should Consider Medical Marijuana

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Why Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Should Consider Medical Marijuana

Numbness, vision loss, tremors, unexplained fatigue, and depression. These are just some of the symptoms that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS),...

Numbness, vision loss, tremors, unexplained fatigue, and depression.

These are just some of the symptoms that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmunedisorder affecting the central nervous system, experience every day.

As the most widespread neurological condition in young adults today, researchers haven’t fully understood its cause, rates of progression, and specific cures. As a result, current MS treatments areheavily focused on managing symptoms.

Medical cannabis is one of these MS treatments that looks promising.

In this short article, you’ll learn about the recent research findings on how cannabis can help MS patients who wish to opt for a more natural, safer way to manage symptoms.

Cannabis: A Safer, More Natural Alternative to Opiates

When anyone suffering from MS symptoms has exhausted alternative treatment options, such as an injection-type treatment like Interferon beta-1a, medical marijuana saves the day!

Cannabis for multiple sclerosis has been particularly helpful for pain relief, reduced spasticity, and improved sleep and mood.

As of March 2018, multiple sclerosis (or any of its derivative symptoms such as chronic pain or spasms) is one of the qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card across 29 states and counting.

Meanwhile, people who reside in pot-unfriendly states are left with no option but to use opiates, which has proved to be addictive. Additional side effects of opiate dependence include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sedation, and respiratory depression which could be fatal.

What the Research Has to Say

For a start, it’s worth noting that the specific benefits related to marijuana use for MS are still under investigation.

However, here’s what established research findings have to say so far about cannabis use in the management of MS symptoms:

Final Thoughts

There are approximately 400,000 people in the United States (and 2.5 million people worldwide) who currently live with MS. With an estimated 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States every year, there’s a clear need for more research on medical cannabis and MS. Another terrible news is that over half of MS patients will likely develop depression and are twice as likely to commit suicide as the general population.