Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Patients Find Relief in Medical Marijuana

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According to a report published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis may find relief in medical marijuana. The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted an online questionnaire in which 595 subjects responded, of which respondents claimed cannabis was effective at symptom management (6.4 on a scale from 0-7), and 59% said they were able to reduce their use of prescription medications. Respondents who identified as medical marijuana users reported lower levels of disability in memory, mood, and fatigue, when compared to non-users. This report supports the findings of previous placebo-controlled clinical trials in which cannabis effectively managed the symptoms of MS patients.

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