Does cannabis help MS sufferers...
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(In answer to gillyk who asked me if cannabis has been be proven to help MS sufferers.)
Head of Research at the MS Society Dr Lorna Layward:
"This lends a lot of credence to all the anecdotal reports"
The BBC's Christine McGourty
"There's been much debate over the potential benefits of the drug"
Cannabis 'helps MS sufferers'
Cannabis has medical uses:
Cannabis has been proven, for the first time, to be an effective treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Many MS sufferers have taken the drug illegally, claiming that it has a therapeutic effect.
Now UK scientists have shown that a compound in cannabis can prevent muscle tremor and spasticity caused by MS.
Our research suggests that cannabinoids can play a crucial role in controlling some of the neuro-muscular problems seen with MS
Dr David Baker, Institute of Neurology
They also found that synthetic chemicals mimicking the compound have a similar effect.
This could lead to the development of commercially-available alternatives to cannabis that have the same effect.
MS sufferers usually experience episodes of paralysis, interspersed with periods of remission.
As the disease progresses symptoms of spasticity, or muscle rigidity, and severe tremors may appear.
The researchers, from the Institute of Neurology at University College London, tested cannabis on mice who had been given an animal equivalent of MS. Read on: