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Marijuana Works, Other Fails To Help Ease Certain Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms


Where about a dozen other alternative remedies offer no benefit, marijuana, if taken in pill or spray form, helps with certain multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, says a study published in the Neurology journal.

The study found that marijuana in pill or oral spray form may help reduce involuntary spasms, stiffness and pain from those symptoms and frequent urination. Tremors do not reduce though.
New guidelines have been issued by American Academy of Neurology about complementary treatments, which are based on the research.

Vijayshree Yadav, assistant professor in neurology at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland and also the lead author of the study, said that there’s very less evidence for most complementary and alternative therapies to treat MS. This gives a motive to researchers to conduct studies to probe into the therapies further.

Professor of neurology John Corboy said if we use something that helps in offering better feel and there’s not a single reason to think it’s hurting us and it’s not costly, then there is no reason not to do it.

However, if it’s expensive and has data arguing against it or if we use it as an alternative and not as a complementary approach, then its harmful.

Prof. Corby is from University of Colorado School of Medicine. He suggests his patients to use marijuana in candies or cooked in brownies to help ease up their symptoms rather than smoking it.

Since the studies lasted only six to fifteen weeks, long term safety of the pill or spray could not be assessed. Dizziness, seizures, thinking and memory problems can be some side effects.

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