Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity: MMJ Relief in sight
by Find Medical Marijuana Dispensaries at Nugs.com on 02/16/2013 - 09:22 pm
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is believed to be an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system. Damage to the protective coating of the nerves causes disruption to nerve impulses and symptoms of MS include fatigue, mobility problems, cognitive difficulties, pain, and dizziness. In patients with multiple sclerosis, spasticity is also a common symptom which is hard to control by conventional medications (some of which have harmful effects of their own).
The study was completed with 30 patients with MS and spasticity who were otherwise mentally and physically healthy. Previous reports have suggested that cannabinoid receptors may help spasticity and muscle control. The process for this study involved smoking either a cannabis or placebo cigarette once daily for three days. Each patient was randomly assigned to start with either the placebo or cannabis and then after a break of 11 days switched to the other testing group. The patient’s spasticity and perception of pain was rated on a scale of 1-5 before and 45 minutes after each treatment.
The study showed that when the patients smoked cannabis their spasticity and pain was significantly reduced when compared to the placebo. There were some adverse effects noted by the research subjects including dizziness, fatigue, nausea, throat irritation, and feeling “too high”. The researchers of this study also noted a reduction in cognition after cannabis treatment, however many of these effects as stated above can also be caused by MS itself. The interesting thing to keep in mind here is that many prescribed medications can also cause these negative side effects, and can often be more severe. The results of this study offer hope to those who suffer from the chronic effects of MS. Future research will hopefully produce the proper doses to help soothe MS symptoms of its sufferers without causing possible adverse effects from too much cannabis.
By Angie May