Marijuana Pills Found to Help Reduce Burning Pain of MS
Marijuana in pill or spray form lessens painful spasms of multiple sclerosis, though it doesn’t appear to ease abnormal movements of other neurological disorders, a review of studies found.
There wasn’t enough information to find smoked marijuana to be effective, the analysis of 34 studies by the American Academy of Neurology concluded. Researchers also found no likely benefit from marijuana for patients with Parkinson’s disease, and insufficient evidence to say it helps patients with Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease or cervical dystonia.
The findings, published today in the journal Neurology, may help open communication between doctors and patients about medical marijuana use, said Barbara Koppel, the study’s lead author. This is especially important as marijuana laws across the country are liberalized and more patients seek to buy it on their own, many without consultation, she said.