Multiple Sclerosis


What is Multiple Sclerosis and the symptoms?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. MS affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. There is currently no known cure for MS.

The most common symptoms of MS are:
Muscle weakness
Numbness and tingling
Lhermitte’s sign: A person may experience a sensation like an electric shock when they move their neck
Bladder problems
Bowel problems
Fatigue Dizziness and vertigo
Sexual dysfunction
Spasticity and muscle spasms
Tremor
Vision problems
Gait and mobility changes
Emotional changes and depression
Learning and memory problems
Pain: Pain is a common symptom in MS. Neuropathic pain is directly due to MS. Other types of pain occur because of weakness or stiffness of muscles.

Studies have shown that plant based endocannabinoid medicines can potentially improve Multiple Sclerosis symptoms? Plant based medicine may be useful to treat some of the symptoms of MS in some people. There is limited evidence that medicinal cannabis can have an effect on the disease course itself, by reducing the number of relapses, or slowing the progression of the disease and accumulation of disability. Endocannabinoid medicine is used in symptom management in MS, mainly for neuropathic pain and spasticity as there is evidence that it may be effective in helping to manage these MS symptoms [1]. Endocannibinoid medicine has been suggested to improve spasticity and reduce frequency and pain of spasms in MS sufferers [2]. It also has shown effectiveness in reducing neuropathic pain and bladder urinary symptoms in people with MS[3], [4].

[1] https://msra.org.au/medicinal-cannabis-ms/

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24778283/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23180178/

[4] https://msra.org.au/medicinal-cannabis-ms/

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