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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Exploring the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis Within UK Pharmaceuticals

 Jan 10, 2020 | By Inez Cornell, Radleys

Exploring the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis Within UK Pharmaceuticals
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Whilst there are many countries in Europe where possession of cannabis is decriminalized, such as Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain and The Netherlands, in the UK, possession of the Class B drug is still illegal. It is expected, however, that the laws around cannabis may be relaxed within the UK, as in November 2018, specialist doctors were given the go ahead to prescribe cannabis-derived medicines.
A recent 
study showed that despite 72% of UK citizens with a disability or chronic illness claiming they experienced a great improvement to their symptoms when using cannabis, 43% of those suffering from medical conditions do not use cannabis to relieve their symptoms or pains, due to the drug being illegal. 
The same study also showed that 54% of people living in the UK with a chronic illness, believed they should be legally allowed to purchase cannabis to help relieve symptoms.

A drug that contains two chemical extracts derived from the cannabis plant, called Sativex has previously received regulatory approval, but only available through private prescription in England. Used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, the drug is now available via NHS prescription.

It is expected that pharmaceutical companies will use cannabis to develop even more products which will help treat rare and catastrophic illnesses and conditions. So, it can be expected that the UK will follow in the footsteps of countries such as the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Croatia which have legalized cannabinoids for medicinal use.

In this article, we explore how the use of cannabis within UK pharmaceuticals is expected to change, as well as the medicinal benefits offered by cannabis, and #cannabinoids. 

Cannabinoids can be classified in three groups: phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and synthetic analogues of both groups. There are many companies out there which are dedicated to developing and commercializing cannabis-based products and cannabinoid medicines, which will help with health issues such as skin conditions, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and pain.

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My MS Toolkit - (a must read)

  Called My #MSToolkit, the tool is a free and web-based, self-guided program based on behavioral healthcare. It's designed to help in managing such symptoms as pain, fatigue, and depression or mood swings, and to assist people in finding ways to minimize their impact on quality of life

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My MS Toolkit was born out of a realization that access to symptom self-management care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is extremely limited. To better meet the needs of people with MS, a group of four clinical psychologists – Drs. Kratz, Williams, Ehde, and Alschuler – partnered to develop this web-based, self-guided, symptom self-management program specifically for people living with MS symptoms.
My MS Toolkit is based on a number of existing evidence-based symptom self-management resources, including the telephone-delivered intervention for MS, called “Take Charge”, and the web-based intervention for fibromyalgia symptoms, called “FibroGuide”.  Both Take Charge and FibroGuide have been tested in clinical trials, and have been shown to be effective in reducing the severity and impact of symptoms (see references below).


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Technology Tools to Help Manage MS

New devices and equipment to be unveiled at annual CES conference in Las Vegas may help address needs of those with the condition.

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Practicing mindfulness can help to control pain and reduce anxiety related to MS.Core Wellness Inc.

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), chances are you’re dealing with symptoms that make getting around difficult. Perhaps muscle spasticity is causing pain or balance problems. Or maybe your bathroom habits have changed, and disrupted your daily routine.

In some cases, drug therapies can help with MS symptoms, but what about tech solutions? Surely with all the devices and apps being created for various medical conditions, something is available for MS. Indeed, several things are available. And while technology hasn’t yet found a way to completely resolve MS-related problems, there are some devices that may be able to help.

Appearing at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a meeting of technology innovators and entrepreneurs in Las Vegas in January 2020, several new products that have been released may provide some help and relief for people with MS. Here are a few of them:

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Cooper City man advocates for MS patients

The article showing below was written in 2012
  Fast-Forward:  Now 2020, much of what was written and wanting to do, is being accomplished

Cooper City man advocates for MS patients

CHRISTIANA LILLY clilly@tribune.com
5:28 p.m. EST, February 17, 2012
For 10 years, Stuart Schlossman suffered from symptoms that doctors couldn't pin to a single disease: fatigue, pain, memory problems, vertigo, dizziness. Finally in 1998, a doctor finally told him what he's been waiting for: Multiple Sclerosis.
"I may have heard of it, but it's not something that stuck," Schlossman said. "There wasn't much knowledge about it among anybody I knew either."
Joining a support group, he found that his web savvy was helpful to others and he would pass along links and article he'd read about the disease. Soon, the mailing list exploded to Stu'sViewsandMSNews.org in 2008. Today, patients and healthcare professionals around the world follow him on Twitter,Facebook, a monthly radio show, Webinars, podcasts and live seminars.

What diagnoses did you hear before MS?
I was diagnosed by a cardiologist that I had anxiety disorder and it really had nothing to do with that. At one time somebody had made mention of a brain tumor, which many people with MS are told it may be a brain tumor because of all the headaches.
I was traveling outside the country a lot, I wasn't feeling well, I had to cut trips short and come back early. I was told that by one doctor that a lot of my vertigo and dizziness was caused by all my flying, all the up and down. It was ridiculous.
What did you think of the diagnosis?
I was relieved because somebody told me what was wrong. He told us what it was, but he didn't want to do any treatments. Back in the day, there was a time when a lot of neurologists just diagnosed you with MS but then they didn't want to treat you because they said that the side effects of the drugs were worse than the symptoms you were going through. They would rather see you get worse than put you on something.
How did your online presence start?
After I was diagnosed I was always on the Internet to try to find out what was going on and I got involved with a support group in Miami Dade. Most of the people there said, "OK, this is what we're doing this week," but they didn't know what was wrong with them and their caretakers didn't know. I found that I needed to provide information I always got on the Internet. I was I was finding out about pain, about fatigue, optic neurosis. My email list started out with 10 people; it now exceeds 15,000 worldwide.
What does Stu's Views and MS News do?
We provide information and education via the Internet and via live seminars. It became a global thing, there's 12,000 people that follow me on Facebook. I've got thousands of people that pick up the feeds that go to Twitter.
It's become a major need. I find that when we do education programs in the smaller towns in the state of Florida, the people really don't know… Information is not reaching rural America and that's something that I want to do: to give the information to caregivers to rural America, to family, to friends.
What other information outlets do you have?
We average about 1,200 listeners on blog talk radio. It's once a month on MS Unplugged called Stu MS Radio. I do speaking engagements also about the patient advocacy and the quality of life. The final summation all the time of what I talk about, what I say is that I was once very arrogant, obnoxious, arrogant salesperson and now I'm an arrogant, obnoxious humanitarian. And that's what I feel I've become all the time. Where I didn't really care about what people did in the past, now I find I care too much.
What advice do you have for others with MS?
The patient knows what's going on with themselves – don't leave it up to a health professional to know what's going on, don't leave it up to a family member to tell the doctor what's wrong. Always go in with a list.
People really need to be proactive with themselves it's not even about MS. It's about life. Life is too short for people to sit around and waiting for a cure for something. They've got to be able to get out and live their lives.

What's your goal?
We're hoping to go nationwide…. We're global for blog talk radio, the website, the blog, and that's all global… but we want to do live seminars in other states. We want to be able to grow.
I am a volunteer and it just helps me to fill my day and to feel complete as a person. I want to do able to say, "I did something in life, I did something different." I can even have on my tombstone that I'm a humanitarian, an obnoxious humanitarian.

Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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