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Marijuana May Relieve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

A recent study provides evidence that smoking pot will help alleviate symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.

A new critical trial indicates that smoking marijuana helps relieve painful muscle cramping experienced by people with multiple sclerosis. The study, which was published on Monday, determined that 30 MS patients with muscle “spasticity” experienced relief after a few days of marijuana smoking.

Researchers warned, however, that the study did not evaluate whether the benefits derived from smoking pot outweigh the disadvantages.

Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom of  the University of California – San Diego, lead researcher of the new study, shared: “We’ve heard from patients that marijuana helps their spasticity, but I think a lot us thought, ‘Well, it’s probably just making you feel good… I think this study shows that yes, (marijuana) may help with spasticity, but at a cost.”

The cost that Dr. Corey-Bloom is referring to, as determined by her and her team, is that smoking may cause fatigue and dizziness in some users, and generally slowed down people’s skills soon after using marijuana.

Corey-Bloom shared further that it is not clear whether marijuana use would have long-term consequences.

Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of healthcare delivery and policy research at the National MS Society, shared: “The issue of treating spasticity is certainly an important one… Spasticity is a big problem for many people with MS, and the current medications don’t necessarily work for everyone. But smoking marijuana does not appear to be a long-term solution, because of the cognitive effects.” LaRocca was not involved in the study.

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