Multiple Sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is a condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. When someone suffers from MS, their immune system attacks their myelin, the protective covering around nerve fibers such as neurons and dendrites. This results in nerve damage that obstructs the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. More than 2 million people around the world suffer from this condition.
Symptoms of MS vary in type and severity. As MS progresses, normal nerve activity is disrupted and additional symptoms such as pain, spasms, muscle spasticity (when certain muscles are continuously contracted), tremors of the limbs, fatigue, and incontinence can develop. Other associated troubling symptoms include muscle weakness, vision loss, and impaired mobility.
Medical cannabis has been shown to help MS sufferers who experience pain, muscle spasticity and sleep disturbance. In addition, investigators have also noted fewer relapses in MS patients treated with medical cannabis.
Research shows the benefit of cannabinoid treatment of muscle spasticity in MS patients is now as strong as any available pharmaceutical agent. For instance, one preparation of medical cannabis with 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 mg CBD per spray has attained regulatory approval in 30 countries for the treatment of spasticity in multiple sclerosis.
An additional extensive neurological research study found that medical cannabis provided relief from both muscle spasms AND ataxia (loss of coordination). This combination benefit is not achieved by any currently available medications. Finally, medical cannabis has also been shown to have powerful effects that protect nerve cells. Further research will elucidate its possible role in prevention.
Our medical team at Vireo Health has extensive experience supporting thousands of patients utilizing medical cannabis as a treatment. We utilize the latest scientific research, internal protocols, and our extensive experience to help you find your best medical cannabis treatment regimen. Click here to learn more about the wide variety of best-in-class medical marijuana from Vireo, which can be used to treat qualifying patients with MS. We also conveniently offer delivery, online scheduling for patients as well as virtual consultations.