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Medical Marijuana for MS

You've had multiple sclerosis for a while now and tried a bunch of things to ease your pain or control those muscle spasms. But you're just not getting the relief you need. Is it time, you wonder, to pay attention to all the talk about medical marijuana? Could it be an option for you?



You've had multiple sclerosis for a while now and tried a bunch of things to ease your pain or control those muscle spasms. But you're just not getting the relief you need. Is it time, you wonder, to pay attention to all the talk about medical marijuana? Could it be an option for you?

It's possible.

Your doctor isn't likely to suggest you use it until you try other medicines first. He/She may recommend it as an additional treatment if you live in a state where it's legal.

Research is still early, but some studies show it can treat MS symptoms like:

Stiffness or uncontrolled muscle movements. Medical marijuana may help calm your spasms and let you move your arms and legs more freely.

Overactive bladder. Does MS make you feel like you need to go the bathroom a lot? The drug can ease the spasms that cause your frequent urge to pee.

Nerve pain. It could make you hurt less, which can help you sleep better, too.

Zach says marijuana "takes the edge off" his pain, but it's not meant to be a quick fix, like aspirin.

"Relief doesn't happen the next day," he says. "It takes several weeks for your body to figure out what it's going to do with this new chemical.

How Do I Take It?

Doctors suggest you use medical marijuana as a pill or spray instead of smoking.

"In theory, smoked marijuana should be as effective a treatment as other forms," says Kevin P. Hill, MD, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. But doctors don't recommend you take it that way because it's bad for your lungs. And when you use the drug in pill or spray form, it helps your doctor control how much of the active chemical you get.

What Are the Risks?

· Sleepiness

· Uncontroble laughter(not always but if you take too much I pretty much guarantee it)

Getting a good night sleep and laughing, what horrible side effects… lol kidding

The Future of Medical Marijuana

It's now legal in more than 20 states, but not all doctors think their patients should use it. Zach saw this firsthand when he brought it up with his medical team.

"They were supportive of me trying it, but wouldn't prescribe themselves," he says. "They referred me to a doctor who was more comfortable with the process, and I was able to get my medical marijuana card."

Some doctors are troubled that the FDA has not yet approved the treatment for any condition. But, Hill says, "the medical marijuana landscape is constantly changing." Things seem to be headed in favor of using it to treat diseases like MS.



My Experience

I’m not a big fan of being high, I don’t take too much but you can get strains really high in CBD and virtually no THC ( that is the psychoactive part). Strains with THC are probably best for muscle spasms and they are neuroprotective. I use a 1:1 dose (meaning half CBD and half THC) by Aurora Medical Cannabis. I have heard that smoking Cannabis can kill you, you got to make sure you don’t  smoke 68 kilos in 15 minutes, please make sure you don’t smoke 2.5tons in 15 minutes

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