Research shows promise for medical cannabis and MS

Research shows promise for medical cannabis and MS
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Existing studies show medical cannabis could be effective in improving many common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to experts. Researchers have recommended more studies be carried out to investigate the long-term effects of medical cannabis on the chronic health condition, multiple sclerosis (MS). A recently published review of existing studies in this area, appears to show promise for the use of cannabis-based products in managing a range of symptoms related to the condition.  MS is a neurological condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing a range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability and a slightly reduced life expectancy. Patients report a wide range of symptoms, including neuropathic pain, motor and sensory dysfunction, fatigue and mobility impairment.  An estimated 2.8 million people are living with MS worldwide, with females twice as likely to be diagnosed as males. Sativex, a cannabis-based oral spray, containing equal amounts of THC and CBD (1:1), is approved for use on the NHS to treat spasticity associated with the condition. What does the evidence say? The review included 14 human and 14 animal studies, published between 2007 and 2021. According to the authors, clinical studies have shown the above formulation (Sativex) to “modestly improve” measures of spasticity, pain, bladder and sleep-related quality of life “within weeks” of starting treatment.  Meanwhile, preclinical animal studies demonstrated decreases in disease severity, stiffness, motor function, neuroinflammation, and demyelination – the process by which new myelin sheaths are generated in the adult central nervous system following the loss of myelin caused by the disease. Although these findings are less certain due to differences in endocannabinoid systems between species, the authors believe that these animal results combined “adequately demonstrate” that cannabinoid treatments…

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