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Multiple sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Patient’s immune system starts to consider their own neurons as harmful alien substances and cells of the immune system start to attack these neurons. The damage then leads to the creation of a scarred tissue. That makes it impossible for neurons to properly transmit basic signals to the rest of the body.


There is no cure

There are millions of people suffering from MS and an effective medicine has not been discovered so far. Medical treatment usually includes strong pharmaceuticals, which should slow down the development of the disease, deal with symptoms and make recovery from seizures faster. That is where cannabis can be of a great help.


How cannabis can help

  • Pain and sleep disorders: In a reference test (“golden standard”) from 2005, it was found out that a cannabis extract (an oromucosal spray with THC and CBD in a ratio of 1:1) is twice as effective as a placebo for the medical treatment of pain and three times more effective for the treatment of sleep disorders.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation of nerve tissues is common for people with MS. Well known anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis can therefore significantly help people suffering from this disease.
  • Muscle cramps: A systematic study from 2014 provided us with proof that cannabis-based medicine can effectively relieve muscle spasms.
  • Abdominal discomfort: Many scientists believe that cannabinoids help with intestinal reactions and control gastrointestinal issues. According to a research by a Scottish scientist Roger Pertwee, 51–60% of respondents stated reduction in toilet visits, 44% decline in incontinency, 30% improvement of constipation – all after cannabis administration.
  • Mental problems: The majority of MS patients also suffer from depressions or persistent mood swings. Dr. Pertwee found out that cannabis improved mood of 90% patients with multiple sclerosis.

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