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Medical Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis

May is MS Awareness Month in Canada, an initiative to stimulate conversation and awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS). If you’re not familiar with MS, it’s a neurodegenerative disease that’s characterized by inflammation, and the formation of “plaques” in the central nervous system. The damage to the neurons prevents them from functioning properly.

Symptoms of MS can include:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain
  • Tremors
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Changes to body functions: walking, swallowing, etc.

Many patients have shown to have improvements in their MS symptoms after using medical cannabis, and research has been done to support these claims as well. Medical marijuana users with MS have shown to have reduced muscle spasms and pain symptoms. A study in 2012 (Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184), determined that smoking cannabis reduced patient spasticity by nearly 25 per cent, in comparison to placebo. This same study showed an impressive 50 per cent reduction in pain symptoms with medical marijuana.

If you’re looking into using medical marijuana to manage and reduce your MS symptoms, an Indica strain is recommended for pain relief, and strains with high THC and CBD content. To better match a marijuana strain with your specific symptoms and needs, we recommend speaking with one of our knowledgeable staff first. You can contact us to book a consult or speak to someone.

If you suffer from MS and have had success using medical marijuana, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more information regarding the benefits of medical marijuana.

 

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