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Marijuana may ease MS

According to new information from the American Academy of Neurology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a medical marijuana oral spray or medical marijuana pills could very well reduce the painful spasms associated with MS (multiple sclerosis) that can make daily living difficult for patients.

The oral spray in question is Sativex which is although OKed for treatment of MS symptoms in the UK is not currently approved in the US.  Sativex, is a pharmaceutical that is derived from cannabis.  Experts at the American Academy of Neurology now report that they have discovered evidence that prove “it can help.”  The medical marijuana pills, such as the popular Marinol brand, have been legalized for use in treating loss of appetite and nausea in cancer patients.


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Unfortunately, synthetic marijuana in either form does not halt the actual progression of the disease.  The researchers also note that as with many other medications, synthetic formulations of marijuana could have unpleasant side-effects.  Dr. Vijayshree Yadav of Oregon Health & Science University who led the study team added that there is not at present sufficient evidence to recommend smoking marijuana to those suffering from MS.

Yadav and company know full well that MS patients often seek complementary and alternative treatments simply because they have very few options in dealing with MS.  It is a chronic and incurable condition wherein the both chronic and generally incurable in which the immune system erroneously attacks the nerves.  Yadav and his team studied these alternative treatments and discovered that there is no real evidence that the majority of them work.

Their research revealed that there is some evidence that reflexology–a treatment based on stimulating nerve connections—may work to ease such symptoms as tingling or skin numbness.  The popular herb Ginkgo Biloba and magnetic therapy may both help treat fatigue but they will not aid in the thought process or treat memory issues.

They also found that the now infamous Cari Loder regimen that utilizes amino acids and vitamins and was promoted by a UK MS patient who committed suicide in 2009 was also not scientifically sound.  Finally, the research team also discovered that eating a low-fat that includes fish oil and bee sting therapy are both unsuccessful methods of treating any MS symptoms.  In fact, Yadav pointed out that bee stings could possibly cause “fatal allergic reactions.”

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.