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May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease which affects the central nervous system (directly affects the brain and spinal cord).
A chronic and unpredictable condition, Multiple Sclerosis is marked by a variety of symptoms which may include:
Problems with bladder control, speech and vision
Loss of muscle control
Problems with muscle coordination
Multiple Sclerosis affects around 50,000 Canadians, and approximately 3 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis each day. Multiple sclerosis is the most prevalent neurological disease in young adults in Canada.
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Medical use of Cannabis for MS:
From Clinical Data for the Use of Cannabis-Based Treatments: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature:
Based on identified data, the most robust evidence suggests that medical cannabis may be effective in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, seizure disorders, MS-related spasticity, and pain (excluding diabetic neuropathy). Overall, the evidence is inconsistent and generally limited by poor quality. The large variation in cannabis-based products evaluated in studies limits the ability to make direct comparisons. Regardless of the product, a gradual dose titration was utilized in most studies. Cannabis-based therapies were typically well tolerated, with the most common adverse effects being dizziness, somnolence, dry mouth, nausea, and euphoria. (Shannon Inglet, et al. (2020, June 2). Clinical data for the use of cannabis-based treatments ... Clinical Data for the Use of Cannabis-Based Treatments: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1060028020930189
From Cannabis Use as Described by People with Multiple Sclerosis:
“Written comments were made by 35 respondents. Most comments contained descriptions of the symptom relief experienced with cannabis use. A couple of people contrasted the effects of cannabis with those of conventional medication. For example, one person described the following: “Pharmaceutical treatments that I’ve experienced have been extremely intoxicating (extreme anxiety, sleeplessness) among other symptoms that have been severely negative to my mental wellbeing as well as physical well-being (stomach trouble, breathing shortness). With cannabis, I feel more in control of my mind and body. If the effect is too strong, it is easily remedied by a cookie instead of hours of discomfort and anxiety from pharmaceutical treatments that take a long time to dissipate or level out. Cannabis is more effective and the dosage is easily controlled.” – excerpt from Cannabis Use as Described by People with Multiple Sclerosis, Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (Page, S. A., Verhoef, M. J., Stebbins, R. A., Metz, L. M., & Levy, J. C. (2014, December 2). Cannabis use as described by people with multiple sclerosis: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. Cambridge Core. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/canadian-journal-of-neurological-sciences/article/cannabis-use-as-described-by-people-with-multiple-sclerosis/813459EEEAEF212EB93FC6DC1E7E3807
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