Treating Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with Cannabis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the Central Nervous System (CNS) – that’s the brain and spinal cord. Predominantly, it is a disease of the white matter tissue. The white matter is made up of nerve fibers which are responsible for transmitting communication signals both internally within the CNS and between the CNS and the nerves supplying rest of the body. MS is considered to be an auto-immune disease where the body essentially attacks itself.
MS symptoms vary from patient to patient and can be anywhere from mild to severe. Symptoms include some or all of the following: muscular paralysis, fatigue, loss of motor coordination, pain, incontinence, ataxia, vision loss or impairment, and muscle spasms.
There are 4 types of MS
RRMS or relapsing-remitting MS
SPMS or secondary-progressive MS
PPMS or primary-progressive MS
PRMS or progressive-relapsing MS
The most common MS is RRMS which makes up 85% of all MS patients and is considered to be the “Good MS.”
There is no cure for MS. There are several therapy options for MS which either involve an injection or an infusion. There is one approved oral medication and several more in clinical trial studies. The injectable brand names are Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, and Rebif. The infusion brand name is Tysabri and the oral brand name is Gilenya. For people with RRMS, these medicines can reduce the number and severity of relapses and can result in fewer brain lesions. They may also delay the progression of disability in some people.
|Common Symptoms||Pharmaceutical Recommendations||Cannabis Recommendations|
|Fatigue||Symmetrel, Prozac||80% or more Sativa; specifically Hazes, Durban, Diesel, Blue Dream, and Golden Goat|
|Pain||Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Lioresel, Tegretol, Neurontin||Indica Dominant Strains: Kush, Grand Daddy Purps, Blueberry, Hash Plant. Also High CBD strains such as Panacea or Purple Diesel. Most edibles/drinks provide body pain relief. Topical Creams/Liniments|
|Muscle Spasticity||Valium, Neurontin, Dantrium,Clonazepam, Lioresal, Zanaflex||Indica Dominant Strains: Kush, Grand Daddy Purps, Blueberry, Hash Plant. Also High CBD strains such as Panacea or Purple Diesel. Most edibles/drinks provide body pain relief. Topical Creams/Liniments.|
|Depression||Prozac, Zoloft, Tofranil, Norpramin||Golden Goat, Flo, Cinderella 99, Blue Dream, Sour Diesel|
|Sexual Dysfunction||Viagra, Cialis||Strawberry Cough and Blue Dream for the ladies and Golden Goat for gentleman.|