Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease that can lead to disability and chronic pain. But what if there was something out there with the potential to help ease these symptoms?
Recently, new studies have proven that marijuana has several benefits for MS patients.
This blog post will discuss the three benefits of medical marijuana that can help you start your journey towards living with MS more comfortably.
So without wasting another second, let’s get right to it!
One of the most common symptoms MS patients deal with is muscle spasticity and tightness, which can cause pain and fatigue.
Marijuana has been proven to significantly reduce those two issues in those suffering from this autoimmune disease. The benefits appear to be long-lasting as well; many studies have found that marijuana reduces spasticity up to three hours after use.
In addition, a study done by the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation discovered that patients saw benefits up to 24 hours after using marijuana medicinally. This is great news for those with MS because it means you can still experience relief even if you miss your dosage time!
One of the most common side effects of taking multiple sclerosis medications is nausea. It’s a problem that can be easily solved with medical marijuana use, especially for those who have trouble swallowing or digesting pills.
This study found that marijuana eases nausea after just 5 minutes of inhalation via a vaporizer.
A second study done by The Journal of Pain found similar benefits for those who suffer from pain associated with MS. Patients reported a 39% reduction in pain, which means they can likely do more during the day and experience better overall health.
In addition to these benefits, it’s important to point out that marijuana is not addictive like many prescription drugs. Even better, it actually may help fight addiction in some cases!
A study published recently in the European Journal of Pain found benefits of marijuana for those who suffer from bladder control problems.
This is a common problem with MS patients. Many of them experience burning during urination and lose complete control, leading to embarrassing accidents that can lead to even more social anxiety and depression. Fortunately, this is another area where marijuana use may be beneficial as it helps restore control over the bladder.
In this trial, participants were divided into two groups with bladder dysfunction. One group was given oral cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex) and the other was given a placebo for 10 weeks.
Although the results were not groundbreaking, they did indicate that cannabis can improve the symptoms of bladder problems in people with MS. Furthermore, the 2014 AAN review also found evidence to suggest that oral cannabis extract is likely to be effective for treating these issues.
So if marijuana doesn’t cause any side effects for you, then you should definitely take it. There’s a good chance it will help you gain back control of your bladder.