Medical cannabis has proven to be highly effective when it comes to treating multiple sclerosis (MS). In particular, there are a number of symptoms that have been known to respond well to cannabis (or cannabis-related) therapies.
Here are 5 of these cannabis-related treatments for multiple sclerosis:
One of the major symptoms of MS is the inflammation of neural tissue where the body’s own immune cells attack the central nervous system.
With cannabis being well-known to reduce inflammation, the world’s first market-approved pharmaceutical – Sativex – has been produced, after much investigation. What was found was that agonists of the CB1-receptor offer the neuroprotective effect in individuals which, in turn, reduces the immune response and inflammation as a result.
This is one of the most common symptoms of MS that almost 50% to 70% of its patients suffer from. This can be due to neural tissue experiencing inflammation, muscle spasms, or spasticity pressuring the musculoskeletal system.
According to one research, MS has been found to manage pain. In fact, in a study conducted in 2005, cannabis, in the form of sublingual spray, was better than placebo in not only reducing pain but also sleep disturbances. This is because cannabis reduces both immune response and the resultant inflammation.
3: Muscle Spasms
About 80% of patients suffer from muscle spasms which makes this a common symptom of MS.
Cannabis has been found to reduce both muscle spasms as well as muscle spasticity. This was proved in two studies conducted in 2005 and 2007. Since cannabis has a positive effect on both muscle spasms and spasticity, this will not only reduce the inflammation of the neurons, but slow down the progression of the disease as well.
4: Clinical depression
About 50% of MS patients suffer from clinical depression. This can be caused by the nerves being damaged, or as a side-effect from the medication that is used to control the progression of the disease. Apart from severe depression, MS can also cause a number of symptom related to emotional dysfunction.
In a study with 112 MS patients suffering from depression, it was found that using cannabis to deal with symptoms of depression and emotional dysfunction affected 90% of them positively. Of course, this relationship between the two is complex and these improvements in mood may be due to improvements in other areas.
5: Gastrointestinal issues
The gastrointestinal issues that people face due to MS are faecal incontinence, constipation and abdominal pain. Without a doubt, they can be embarrassing, painful as well as distressing.
Of course, cannabis has been associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction for a while and this is due to the positive effect that cannabinoids have on the CB-2 receptors, which helps in controlling gut function.
Cannabis can do much more for multiple sclerosis patients than you can imagine and there are a number of studies that have proved this. It’s time to consider this herb as a serious cure for these debilitating symptoms that most if not all MS patients suffer from.
So, are there any other MS related symptoms that can be treated by cannabis or cannabis-related treatments?
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