Another Study Proves MMJ Eases Pain For MS Patients
Posted by Little Buds | August 14 2012 | 3319 views | Comments ↓
MMJ Eases Pain For Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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Another study has just been finished by researchers at the University of Plymouth in England, proving that marijuana does indeed ease the pain caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). In this study, 279 patients were given doses of THC in gelatin capsules. In a report published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the patients who received the THC pills, as opposed to the placebo pills, experienced twice as much pain relief as those in the placebo group. Furthermore, the pills were particularly effective in those patients who experience a particularly high amount of muscle pain. The muscle pain can be compared to what we experience as cramping.
The science behind the use of using marijuana as an aid is this: The body produces cannabinoids, the group of chemicals found in marijuana, naturally. The cannabinoid receptors on our cells help regulate muscle spasticity, so increasing the cannabinoids in our bodies can only help patients.
400,000 people in the US have MS, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and nervous system and causes the protective coating around nerve fibers to start breaking down. This causes insomnia, pain, spasms and muscle stiffness.
In spite of the evidence that marijuana helps patients, the National MS Society of the United States discourages marijuana use for pain relief, calling for more research on the long-term effects of marijuana treatment. The group is particularly concerned about the adverse effects of smoking marijuana (in terms of long-term cognitive changes) rather than having it administered orally.
Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of healthcare delivery and policy research at the National MS Society, encourages more research into cannabinoids and spasticity because she says, medications may be able to harness the benefits of cannabis compounds without the side effects linked to smoking pot.
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Monday, 13 August 2012
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Article by Little Buds, on Aug. 14th 2012