Multiple Sclerosis

Medical Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis

Medical marijuana offers relief for many of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Scientific studies also suggest that cannabinoids could slow the progress of the disease by suppressing the activity of immune cells and reducing inflammation.

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Florida patients are eligible to receive a medical marijuana recommendation for Multiple Sclerosis.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease in which the body’s immune cells attack the fatty myelin sheath around the nerve fibers of the central nervous system (CNS). The resulting scar tissue (sclerosis) further damages the underlying nerve fibers.

Any damage to the nerve or its myelin sheath causes impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord to become disrupted and distorted, resulting in a variety of symptoms.

Scientists do not know why immune cells attack the central nervous system, and believe it is a combination of environmental factors and genetic tendencies. MS is not considered a true autoimmune disease because the immune cells are not attacking a particular antigen.

Most people diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 50, and the disease is two to three times more common in women than in men.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

No two MS patients experience the same symptoms, and the disease is unpredictable. One person might experience only one or two, while another suffers from a whole range of symptoms.

Symptoms of MS are:

  • Blurred vision, poor contrast or color vision, and pain on eye movement
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, body, or extremities (arms and legs)
  • Difficulty walking
  • Fatigue
  • Spasticity, feelings of stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Sexual problems
  • Constipation, loss of control of the bowels
  • Pain
  • Changes in the ability to learn, process information, solve problems, focus, and understand surroundings
  • Emotional changes and clinical depression

Benefits of Medical Marijuana for MS Patients

Medical marijuana helps reduce the frequency and severity of muscle spasms and eases stiffness. Patients experience more freedom of movement, and calming of the frequent urge to urinate. Patients also sleep better. Medical cannabis acts as an analgesic. It helps to relieve pain and inflammation without the dangers of opium-based painkillers.

Cannabinoids help to regulate bowel dysfunction, possibly because they interact with CB2 receptors on the peripheral nervous system that controls gut function. MS is often accompanied by severe depression and emotional distress. Medical marijuana helps to improve the patient’s mood and give them a more positive outlook. Scientific studies indicate that cannabinoids suppress the activity of immune cells attacking the central nervous system of MS sufferers, and could lessen the damage to nerve cells.

Get medical marijuana for MS

Now Florida patients can use the alternative medical marijuana treatment to help with Multiple Sclerosis.

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