Scientific Research into Medicinal Cannabis – Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
We have listed the latest scientific research into medicinal cannabis and it’s potential uses in treating Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Sativex for the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms
- THC & CBD oromucosal spray (Sativex®) in the management of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
- Clinical efficacy and effectiveness of Sativex, a combined cannabinoid medicine, in multiple sclerosis-related spasticity
- CBD provides long-lasting protection against the deleterious effects of inflammation in a viral model of multiple sclerosis: A role for A2A receptors
- Oromucosal delta9-THC/CBD for neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis
- Nabiximols in the treatment of spasticity, pain and urinary symptoms due to multiple sclerosis
- Sativex long-term use: An open-label trial in patients with spasticity due to multiple sclerosis
- A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of Sativex, in subjects with symptoms of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis
- Meta-analysis of cannabis based treatments for neuropathic and multiple sclerosis-related pain
- Sativex: Clinical efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of symptoms of multiple sclerosis and neuropathic pain
- Evaluating Sativex in Neuropathic Pain Management
- CBD counteracted the development of experimental MS
- CBD/THC Oromucosal Spray for Multiple Sclerosis-Related Resistant Spasticity in Daily Practice
- Neurological aspects of medical use of CBD
Can medical cannabis help treat multiple sclerosis?
Reports from some studies suggest it may help MS symptoms like:
Stiffness or uncontrolled muscle movements. Medicinal cannabis may help calm spasms and allow movement to take place in the arms and legs more freely.
Overactive bladder. The drug can ease the spasms that cause your frequent urge to pee.
Nerve pain. It could make you hurt less, which can help you sleep better, too.
According to mssociety.org.uk
One in five people with MS we surveyed in 2014 told us they’d used cannabis to help with their symptoms. They said it can help with muscle spasms or stiffness (spasticity) and pain.
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