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Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

For people with multiple sclerosis, medical marijuana has been found to help with some related symptoms. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that directly affects an individual’s central nervous system where the nerve coating (myelin) is damaged, interrupting the signal from the brain to the spine. This, in turn, causes deterioration in the individual’s vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility. 

Many symptoms associated with MS include back pain, muscle weakness and spasms, dizziness, fatigue, vision loss or blurry vision, constipation, the sensation of pins and needles, and difficulty speaking. 

There are four courses of MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  1. Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) 
  2. Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) 
  3. Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) 
  4. Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) 

Although the severity and symptoms of MS vary from person to person, one of the most frequent symptoms is muscle spasticity, which causes intense pain, spasms, and eventually complete loss of functionality. 

Some studies of specific cannabis strains that have more CBD than THC have shown that by using medical marijuana, multiple sclerosis patients have had reduced muscle stiffness and tremors, allowing for better mobility. Medical marijuana can also help increase the individual’s balance, bladder control, speech, and eyesight. 

While there are different treatment options for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, this chronic, debilitating medical condition has no cure. Research has shown that patients with MS use medical marijuana to ease their symptoms, increase their level of comfort so they can sleep, and improve their quality of life. 

If you are a patient with multiple sclerosis in Illinois, you qualify to receive a medical marijuana card that allows you to purchase medical cannabis for MS symptoms from a licensed Illinois medical marijuana dispensary. 

**Always ask your primary care provider if you should use medical marijuana for MS symptoms. This information is not recommended for MS patients in place of seeking professional medical advice.

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