Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, long-lasting disease where damage is done to nerve cells in the optic nerves in your eyes, spinal cord and in the brain. As a result, it causes problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. Over 400,000 people in the United States suffer with MS, and there is roughly 10,000 new cases each year.
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There are four different types of MS. Each with different severities of the chronic disease. These are:
Bladder problems: People suffering from MS may have difficulty going to the bathroom, or they may frequently have to use the bathroom. In turn, this leads to bowel problems.
Bowel Problems: Constipation is often a symptom of MS.
Dizziness: Is also a very common symptom and a problem associated with MS. Generally when this symptom occurs, a patient will have difficulty balancing.
Fatigue: This symptom is one of the most common symptoms of the chronic disease. It affects up to 90% of MS patients.
Use of cannabis as a medicine for numerous conditions has a well-documented history stretching back thousands of years. It dates as far back at 10’000 years in Ancient China, where the cannabis or hemp plant was used for making clothes, rope and for medicinal purposes.
With the identification of an endogenous system of receptors and ligands in recent years, abundant experimental data have reinforced the anecdotal claims of people who perceive medicinal benefit from the currently illegal consumption of cannabis. This, combined with data from recent clinical trials, points to the prospect of cannabis as a medication in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and numerous other medical conditions.