ultiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms.
MS can be a debilitating disease, which has a variety of negative symptoms
including muscle stiffness and pain and a subsequent difficulty sleeping.
According to Medical News Today, about 90% of people diagnosed with MS have
muscle pain and stiffness. Itís this pain, paired with the fact that many
pharmaceutical solutions simply canít relieve it without negative side
effects, that ďa growing number of MS patients have tried out alternative
remedies and therapies, including cannabis.Ē
The study looking at the effects of marijuana on MS symptoms found that
those patients who were given tetrahydrocannabinol in a pill form saw far
greater improvements than those given a placebo.
In the study, a total of 279 patients were split into two groups: one which
received the marijuana extract in pill form and another that received a
placebo pill. Those receiving the cannabis extract experienced twice the
relief of the placebo group.
ď15.7% of those on placebo experienced relief from muscle stiffness,
compared to 29.4% on the cannabis extract.Ē
The cannabis extract helped to relieve pain, reduce muscle spasms, and
improve sleep patterns.
This isnít the first study that has found marijuana beneficial in the
treatment of MS. Just last spring, a study published in the Canadian Medical
Association Journal found that study participants who smoked marijuana found
decreased pain, increased mobility, and improved spasticity.
Research has also shown marijuana useful in the treatment of a variety of
pain disorders, cancer, migraines, and more. Itís been found to slow canacer
tumor growth and actually stop cancer in itís tracks.