Have you tried everything and are still looking for relief? You are not alone. Many MS patients are turning to medical marijuana for relief.
If you are living with Multiple Sclerosis, you know that it is a disease where the bodies’ own immune system is working against the central nervous system by attacking myelin – the protective sheathing around nerve fibers.
Some associated symptoms include significant pain, tingling in extremities, muscle spasms, and fatigue. Mobility can be greatly effected, and this disease can lead to depression. There are many reasons one may not want to smoke marijuana, but there are other ways to reap the benefits.
Cannabis Topicals to the Rescue
Cannabis topicals can provide relief for some of these symptoms to improve quality of life. Sweet Releaf, a topical body butter comprised of Cannabis trichomes, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and a proprietary blend of essential oils, is applied to the skin to provide deeply penetrating relief.
People who have used topical cannabis products for treatment of MS symptoms have reported experiencing pain relief at site of application, reduced swelling and inflammation, relief from muscle spasms and spasticity/muscle stiffness, migraines, insomnia, and tingling nerve pain.
These benefits can make moving around easier, and sleep more restful and restorative. If it feels like you are losing control over your own body and you want your body back, cannabis topicals, like Sweet Releaf, may be just the thing to return that control to you.
MS and Cannabis Research
A Colorado State University researcher, Thorsten Rudroff, director of CSU’s Integrative Neurophysiology Lab, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund research on how cannabis can improve MS conditions.
Rudroff says “local clinicians estimate that up to 50 percent of their patients are using marijuana to alleviate their symptoms.” He plans to conduct tests on a group of 20 MS patients who are already using cannabis to help them with MS. The study will be a mix of physical tests, high tech scanning for muscular/nervous system activity, and PET/CT scans.
“With MS, something along that path from the brain to the legs goes wrong,” Rudroff said. “Maybe cannabis somehow improves this drive to the muscles.”
Rudroff also launched an anonymous survey on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website that asks those who have neurological disease about their medical marijuana use, its effects and their views on it. If you would like to contribute, please click here.