MS Views and News Be empowered with MS views and news. To receive The MS BEACON e-Newsletter, CLICK HERE - -

Please visit our MS learning channel on YouTube, which provides hundreds of MS videos presented by MS Experts across the USA, from many of our recorded education programs. Archived here: -- Additionally, please visit our Social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Important Resources for the MS community are found on the left side of this blog.

Disclaimer: 'MS Views and News' DOES NOT endorse any products or services found on this blog. It is up to you to seek advice from your healthcare provider. The intent of this blog is to provide information on various medical conditions, medications, treatments, for your personal knowledge and to keep you informed of current health-related issues. It is not a substitute for the advice of your physician. Should you or your family members have any specific medical problem, seek medical care promptly.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cannabis for MS: Can it help treat symptoms?

Click here to receive MS news via e-mail

I've heard that cannabis can help ease symptoms of MS. Is that true?

Answers from Dean M. Wingerchuk, M.D.
Recent studies found that an extract of cannabis taken in a capsule form can help relieve multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, such as muscle stiffness (spasticity) and spasms, and may also reduce pain. A mixture of cannabis extracts taken in spray form possibly reduces symptoms of spasticity, pain and bladder urgency.
But the use of cannabis to treat MS symptoms is complicated.
All cannabis-based medicines have side effects, and some can be serious, including:
  • Difficulty with attention or concentration
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Dry mouth
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of balance and falls
  • Depression or psychosis
Cannabis is a federally controlled substance. At this time, medical marijuana can be prescribed legally in approximately 20 states and in Washington, D.C.
To date, the Food and Drug Administration has approved two synthetic forms of marijuana for medical use, dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet), both available in capsule form.
Both drugs are approved for treating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy that does not respond to standard treatment. Dronabinol is also approved for loss of appetite associated with weight loss in people with AIDS. At this time, the drugs are not approved for other uses.
An oral cannabis extract spray, nabiximols (Sativex), is not currently available in the U.S. Also, smoked marijuana has not been adequately studied for safety and benefit.
The role of cannabis for MS symptoms has not been fully defined. Future research will help determine the balance of benefits and risks of cannabis and compare its effects with other treatments available to treat spasticity, pain and other MS symptoms.

Dean M. Wingerchuk, M.D.

Article source

MS Views and News is MAKING an IMPACT for those, affected by Multiple Sclerosis
MS Views and News provides beneficial Multiple Sclerosis education, information, resources and services. 
Join us, opt-in here: 

No comments: