Multiple Sclerosis Marijuana Studies

WSJ Team September 17, 2010 0

A study led by David J. Rog, BMBS, Turo J. Nurmikko, PhD, Tim Friede, PhD and Carolyn A. Young, MD, was conducted to see the effects of a whole plant cannabis based medicine on the reduction of pain and sleep disturbance on patients with Multiple Sclerosis. The cannabis based medicine was administered in an oromucosal spray and contained 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 mg of Cannabidiol. Of the 66 patients in the trial 64 completed the 5 week program and 34 of the patients received the cannabis based medicine while the rest of the patients received the placebo. The patients were allowed to self-administer of to 48 sprays within 24 hours. The patients receiving the THC or CBD (Cannabidiol) used an average of 9.6 sprays a day and reported a significant improvement in pain and sleep. The users of the placebo used an average of 19.1 sprays a day and reported a small amount of pain and sleeping improvement. The patients receiving the cannabis based medication reported dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, and problems with long term storage. The researchers concluded that the cannabis based medicine was effective in improving pain and sleep conditions in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

For further reading on this study please visit:

http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/65/6/812?etoc

A study led by H.M. Meinck, P.W. Schonle, and B. Conrad at the University of Gottingen in 1989 was conducted to see the effect marijuana had on a 30 year old male patient who used marijuana to treat his Multiple Sclerosis. The patient stopped using drugs including marijuana for 10 days and was given one marijuana cigarette. Daily clinical evaluations were performed on the patient before and after the marijuana cigarette experiment and reported on a multitude of motor functions. The researchers concluded that the marijuana had an anti-spastic and analgesic effect in the patient studied. The study’s conclusions are similar to the anecdotal evidence that Multiple Sclerosis patients give regarding cannabis use.

For further reading on this study please visit:

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/medical/ms1.htm

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