Medical Marijuana for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis or MS is among the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases in Ohio. MS is also one of the qualifying conditions for obtaining a Ohio medical marijuana card.

MS is triggered when the protective sheath surrounding neurons (myelin) is eroded. This erosion causes an interruption of signals to the central nervous system which in turn impairs motor function and coordination.

The impairment of motor coordination comes with a host of other symptoms such as blurred vision and partial blindness, tremors, numbness, muscle weakness, fatigue, seizures, dizziness, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and slurred speech.

The traditional medications administered to MS patients offer only a temporary respite from symptoms and sadly may induce a number of unpleasant and potentially fatal side-effects.

Can marijuana, a product of the cannabis plant, be used to help MS patients lessen their symptoms? Is marijuana actually safe and effective?

In multiple studies, medical marijuana has been shown to mitigate and possibly eradicate the spasticity and seizures frequently suffered by MS patients. Moreover, unlike traditional pharmaceuticals used to treat MS, marijuana is non-toxic and non-habit forming as long as…

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