Cannabis For Treating Multiple Sclerosis

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New research coming from Colorado State University's Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory suggests cannabis helps multiple sclerosis patients improve their activity levels, strength, speed, and reduce fatigue. The Rocky Mountain MS Center claims 550 people in Colorado suffer from MS, making it the highest proportion of MS patients in the US and a great area to study therapies for MS symptoms. In this new observational study, Colorado State University's research team involved MS patients who were already using medial marijuana as a therapy. The lab surveyed 139 MS patients and categorized the types of cannabis-based products they used, how often they used the products, and for how long they used the products. They then found 66% currently used a form of cannabis for treatment, and 56% either smoked the medication or consumed edibles. 78% of cannabis users claimed the medication allowed them to reduce or stop use of other medications. Preliminary results suggest cannabis increases physical activity levels, leg strength, walking speed, reduces spasticity and fatigue, and lowers the risk of falling. 

The lab hopes to continue its observational research on cannabis for MS symptoms, looking into its effects on physical function and activity levels. They also want to better understand what strains, dose, and vehicle provide the best therapeutic relief. This information has been provided by Merry Jane and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.