Treatment for MS

Can Medical Marijuana Help Your MS?

 

In Texas, multiple sclerosis is a qualifying condition for treatment with low dose THC.  At Compassionate Telemedicine, our doctors are available for consultation to see if cannabis is an option to improve your quality of life by alleviating muscle spasticity and pain.

If your multiple sclerosis treatment isn’t giving you the relief you want, or if you’re newly diagnosed with it, you may be curious about how medical marijuana might help you.

Surveys show that many people with MS already use marijuana, and half or more of them would consider it if it were legal or offered proven benefits. So far, the evidence for that is mixed.

How It Might Help

MS is a disease that attacks your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The marijuana plant, or Cannabis sativa, has dozens of chemicals that can affect your mind and body.

An influential national group of scientific institutions concluded that marijuana, aka cannabis, is proven or highly likely to help ease stiffness and muscle spasms that are common with MS, at least as measured by self-reported symptoms.

Some evidence suggests that marijuana or its active compounds, called cannabinoids, may ease sleep problems in some people with MS, fibromyalgia, and certain other medical conditions.

But evidence is weak that marijuana or cannabinoids:

 

 

Where to Get It

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. In Texas, however, it is legal to get a prescription from a certified doctor to use medical marijuana as treatment.

 

How to Use It

The best-known compound in cannabis is THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s what gets you high when you smoke, eat, or vape it.

Another active ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t make you high. Most states allow limited medical uses of CBD. It most often comes in an oil, which you can rub on painful spots, or as an extract or tincture to put under your tongue. You also can swallow CBD capsules or vape, or inhale, it. People sometimes buy CBD online from sellers without a license for medical marijuana.

Some small studies have suggested that CBD may help lower your pain and inflammation. But more research on humans is needed to know if it actually works.

What to Watch For

Whether you smoke pot or dab on CBD oil, you may not always know exactly what you’re using. The FDA doesn’t regulate them, so the THC levels, for example, may vary a lot from one batch of pot to the next. Or you may react very differently to CBD than someone else.  This is why getting a legal prescription for low dose THC is a great option - the CBD and THC are highly regulated and pure.

It’s not safe to drive while you’re high on marijuana. Smoking or vaping it also can irritate your lungs, affect your memory, and make it harder to think clearly. More importantly, smoking THC is illegal in Texas. It also can make you feel:

You shouldn’t use any cannabis products if you:

Ask your doctor at Compassionate Telemedicine if and which form of cannabis and its extracts might help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author
Dr. Allison Kendrick

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