How cannabis is helping multiple sclerosis patients

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The facts about multiple sclerosis, cannabis and CBD

The cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) is receiving recognition as a potential treatment for a number of diseases, including cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s. There is also evidence that it can be beneficial in the treatment of a long list of other ailments, as well, including in a relatively new discovery. CBD could help relieve symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is an “unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body… Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.”

In many instances, MS carries symptoms such as numbness or tingling in any part of the body (most often in the extremities), involuntary muscle spasms, vision problems, pain and itching, cognitive functions and depression. All of these have been individually identified as being positively influenced by CBD, resulting in the conclusion that the cannabis compound could be used by MS sufferers to relieve some of the symptoms associated with the debilitating disease.

This isn’t to say that CBD can cure MS – that still needs to be confirmed. However, CBD could provide relief to the more than 2.3 million MS sufferers around the world. Given that prescription medicines carry unwanted, and often dangerous, side effects, it is time to let cannabis take its rightful place and be given the respect it deserves.