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Can Multiple Sclerosis Patients Benefit from Medical Marijuana?

by Faith Fidura March 06, 2018

In light of March being Multiple Sclerosis Education Month, the Dispensary Permits team would like to raise awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, in hopes of improving their quality of life.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain and spinal cord that can be disabling. With MS, a person’s immune system attacks the protective covering of their nerves. The resulting nerve damage leads to disruption in communication between the brain and the body.msmonth.jpg

There is a wide range of signs and symptoms of MS, depending on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves have been affected. Some people may lose the ability to walk, while others may not experience any symptoms for long periods of time. Some common symptoms are slurred speech, numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, tingling or pain in certain parts of the body, and fatigue.

There is currently no cure for MS, but treatments may help manage symptoms and speed recovery from attacks.

How can patients who are suffering from MS benefit from Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has shown to provide relief from the laboring symptoms of MS. Here are the different ways medical marijuana can benefit patients with MS:

  • Anti-inflammatory – Medical marijuana can reduce the inflammation in the neural tissue of MS patients. This specific quality of marijuana has been known by physicians all over the world for thousands of years and has been researched thoroughly within the recent years.
  • Abdominal Complaints – Abdominal pain and constipation are common experiences for MS patients. The effect of medical marijuana’s cannabinoids on nerve receptors is believed to help control gut function.
  • Analgesic – Many MS patients suffer from debilitating pain. Medical marijuana has proven to manage this pain by working to reduce immune response and resultant inflammation.
  • Antispasmodic – Muscle spasms are another common symptom that MS patients experience. Through studies, medical marijuana has demonstrated to reduce the frequency and severity of muscle spasms.
  • Antidepressant – A majority of MS patients experience depression, either due to damage of nerves that help regulate mood and emotion, or as a side-effect of other medications used to treat the disease. Medical marijuana is widely known to have mood-elevating effects.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can educate yourself on the different types of medical marijuana that benefit specific medical conditions with our Patient Education Plan Template. 

A Medical Marijuana Success Story

Don’t just take our word for it. Read Trent Carlisle’s medical marijuana testimonial featured on MMC:

"I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011. It soon became apparent the diagnosis was going to change my life forever. I found myself having relapses every few months, and it wasn’t long before I started losing sensation in my right hand and foot. I was taking daily injections that were not very effective and found every time I went to the neurologist I was being prescribed more and more pills to take.  I was taking muscle relaxants and sleeping pills, in addition to the MS medications.

In 2015, I was doing some research and discovered that cannabis might be a good solution for my sleep issues and spastic muscles. I went to a clinic and was approved for a prescription.  Once I started, I found myself sleeping better and having fewer muscle spasms. Medical Marijuana literally changed my life to the way it was before my diagnosis. My only complaint at the time was it was hard to get a hold of my clinic if I wanted to try a different strain.” 

How do I become a Medical Marijuana patient?

If you or someone you know is suffering from MS and is interested in this alternative form of medication, check here to see what you can do to become a patient in your state.

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