Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that blacks definitely do develop multiple sclerosis (MS), perhaps as frequently as or even more frequently than whites. However, based on new reports from patients, medical products derived from marijuana just might have a mild benefit in treating the symptoms of MS to where you see no side effects at all.

Drugs containing the major chemical compounds in cannabis are associated with a limited and mild reduction in muscle contractions, bladder dysfunction and pain, based on patient self-assessments from clinical trials included in a major new evidence review.

“The bottom line is there is certainly something happening with cannabinoids in regard to symptoms,” said Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of healthcare delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

However, patients’ self-reports of benefits related to muscle contractions differed from results of objective scales used by doctors, LaRocca noted. The doctors observed no such benefit from marijuana medications.

“That’s something that’s obviously a