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Medical Marijuana And Multiple Sclerosis

Medical Marijuana And Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis affects 2.8 million people worldwide, a number that has increased by 30 percent between 2013 and 2020. Today we are going to discuss using medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis. 

Medical marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis

What Is Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord that has the potential to be disabling. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the sheath that covers the fibers of the nerves. This negatively impacts communication between the brain and the rest of the body and can result in permanent damage to the nerves. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are determined by the location of affected nerves, and can include:
  • Muscle spasms
  • Electric-shock sensations when the neck is bent a certain way
  • Loss of feeling or strength in limbs, often on one side of the body at a time
  • Tremors and diminished coordination
  • Loss of vision, either partial or complete blindness
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurring of speech
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Loss of energy
  • Issues with sexual, bladder, and bowel function

Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

There is no known cure for MS, so treatment typically involves managing symptoms, recovering from attacks, and slowing the progression of the disease. 

Common methods of treatment are:

  • Corticosteroids and plasma exchange to manage attacks
  • Interferon-beta medications to slow progression
  • Physical therapy and muscle relaxants for symptoms.

These are just a couple of the many treatments available to help patients with MS. Fortunately, the disease in some people isn’t severe enough to require medication or treatment.

What About Medical Marijuana For Multiple Sclerosis?

As of right now, the evidence supporting medical marijuana as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis is not entirely conclusive.

There are many compounds in cannabis that affect your body and mind. A national group of scientific institutions determined that some of them are likely to help with the stiffness and muscle spasms that are common with MS.

It is also reported to help with fibromyalgia (pain all over the body) as well as help with sleep issues patients with MS may be experiencing.

However, the evidence for using medical marijuana for muscle spasms and depression among MS patients isn’t the strongest when measured by a doctor, but self-reported results say otherwise.

In 2012, a study conducted in the UK observed people using cannabis experienced roughly twice as much relief from muscle stiffness as people in the same study who were using a placebo.

Similarly, a trial also from 2012 found that smoking marijuana led to a greater reduction in pain than a placebo.

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What Strain Of Medical Marijuana Is Good For Muscle Spasms And MS?

This is not a recommendation, but three strains of marijuana that have qualities that may potentially help with muscle spasms and MS are:

How To Get Medical Marijuana For Multiple Sclerosis

If you are asking “can I get medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis?” or “do muscle spasms qualify for marijuana?”, the answer depends on where you live.

Some countries have legalized medical marijuana for therapeutic use to help with MS-related spasms and pain. 

In the US, even though two-thirds of states have legalized medical marijuana, only two uses of it are approved by the FDA and they are related to seizures.

If you are living in a state where medical marijuana is legal and wish to use it for MS, talk to your doctor to see if they are willing to give you a recommendation. Qualifying conditions vary from state to state, however.

Consult Your Doctor

If you’re are considering using medical marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis or any other reason, it is always best to talk with your doctor first.

Author: J.P. Carrol

J.P. is an accomplished writer with a lifelong passion for a range of subjects, including medical marijuana. As lead copywriter at, he writes daily for an audience of 100k+ and is deeply committed to helping businesses achieve their full potential with his guidance and expertise.