Cannabis Findings for Multiple Sclerosis

I’ve been doing further research into Cannabis treating Colon cancer and I found a lot of great stuff. My curiosity got the best of me and I started looking into treatments for other diseases. I came across cannabis & multiple sclerosis since I knew a few people who were diagnosed and as well as a few known people such as Montel Williams.

My search landed me to this pubmed article.

Background: MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Associated with the disease are chronic symptoms, including muscle stiffness, spasms, pain and insomnia.

Patients with stable MS from 22 UK centres were given either oral cannabis extract or a placebo (randomized). They were also arranged by centre, walking ability and the use of antispastic medication. This double blind, placebo controlled, phase III study had a screening period of a two week dose phase from 5mg to a max of 25 mg [slowly introduced] of tetradrocannabinol daily and a ten week maintenance phase. The primary outcome measure was a category rating scale (CRS), measuring patient reported change in muscle stiffness from baseline. other CRS’s assessed body pain, spasms and sleep quality. Three validated MS specific patient reported outcome measures assessed aspects of spasticity, physical and psychological impact, and walking ability.

The result founded a relief from muscle stiffness after 12 weeks was almost twice as high with the cannabis extract than placebo. Similar results were found after four weeks and eight weeks and also for further CRS. Results from MS scales supported these findings.

The link to this study can be found here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22791906

 

Do you know or have you personally experienced any benefits from using cannabis for the treatment of MS?

 

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