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Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: The Medical Marijuana Controversy

Mandy Crest Health Guide February 13, 2008
  • The list of multiple sclerosis symptoms is a lengthy and, at its worst, it can result in total disability. MS is also known to cause cognitive difficulties, anxiety and higher incidence of depression and suicide than in the general population, affecting quality of life not only for the patient, but f...

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  • Meredith
    Oct. 12, 2010

    I am fortunate to live in a state where medical marjuana is legal.....for now. I do indeed use marjuana when i have flares of symptoms. I have used it for nerve pain, it helps. For spasicity, it helps. For sleep, it helps. For an appetite when you are having to much pain to eat, it helps. If it becomes illegal tomorrow, I will continue to find and use medical...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am fortunate to live in a state where medical marjuana is legal.....for now. I do indeed use marjuana when i have flares of symptoms. I have used it for nerve pain, it helps. For spasicity, it helps. For sleep, it helps. For an appetite when you are having to much pain to eat, it helps. If it becomes illegal tomorrow, I will continue to find and use medical marjuana so that i have some quality of life, even if it means a jail cell. You don't have to "smoke pot" to use medical marjuana, you can use it to make butter to bake with. My husband even came up with a receipe to use it in hard candy made at home so I can use it in public with no one being the wiser. I will admit, except to you folks here, I don't admit my use to many people. I lost a very good friend becuase her husband is our police chief in this small town, and of course, we sick people just use our illness as an excuse to "get high". I don't wish this disease (or any disease) on anyone, and sympathy is not what i want, but empathy and understanding would be GREAT!

    • goldberi
      Jun. 22, 2011

      I have smoked pot for over 30 years, and never had any addictive problems with it. Can't say the same of alcohol, had to leave that behind a few years ago, or I might be dead, or institutionalized by now. My life is so much better without it! I too have ms and notice a marked improvement when I smoke, walking is not as challenging, my shakes decline, I sleep...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have smoked pot for over 30 years, and never had any addictive problems with it. Can't say the same of alcohol, had to leave that behind a few years ago, or I might be dead, or institutionalized by now. My life is so much better without it! I too have ms and notice a marked improvement when I smoke, walking is not as challenging, my shakes decline, I sleep better, I eat better, generally feel healthier as a whole. Having a substance I have always thought of as recreational turn into a medicallly beneficial component is pretty ironic, to me. Do not be ashamed, my friend, alcohol, causes more problems in people's lives (I'm living proof) than pot, yet it's perfectly legal. Never have I heard of anyone comprimise their morals, values, etc to feed their desire to smoke pot, or kill anyone soley because they were driving high. There will always be judgemental, narrow-minded individuals like your "friend" who, infact was not a true friend at all when put to the true test of friendship, unconditional love and loyalty, total failure. You're better off without! Best of luck to you in our battle with ms, my fellow warrior! Stay strong!

       

  • Anonymous
    MJ
    Aug. 09, 2009

    I'm for the use of medical marijuana.  I have been on so many drugs that have horrible side effects and now I want the right to use medical marijuana. I've read that patients use a vaporiser thats designed to let users inhale active cannabinoids while avoiding harmful smoke toxins.


    My mother used marijuana to help with pain and nausea from cancer, so...

    RHMLucky777

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    I'm for the use of medical marijuana.  I have been on so many drugs that have horrible side effects and now I want the right to use medical marijuana. I've read that patients use a vaporiser thats designed to let users inhale active cannabinoids while avoiding harmful smoke toxins.


    My mother used marijuana to help with pain and nausea from cancer, so I know it works. It also helped her fatigue. Too bad she had to be concerned about being arrested her last days on this earth. It wasn't and still isn't legal in our state so a family member had to risk arrest to obtain it for her.


    Those that don't want to use it don't have to, but we should have a choice.

  • Anonymous
    Lennart Liljenc...
    Apr. 09, 2009

    Why on earth aren't ms-sufferers allowed to try cannabis? We all have different cases of ms and who knows? The cannabis laws and lobbies are cruel and it's the same here in Sweden.

    • Mandy Crest
      Health Guide
      Apr. 09, 2009

      Things are changing, but very slowly.

       

      The Obama administration is supporting the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes where state law allows. Currently, thirteen states have laws on the books that allow some use of medical marijuana, and medical marijuana proponents are pressing for more.

       

      I would have thought it was different in Sweden,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Things are changing, but very slowly.

       

      The Obama administration is supporting the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes where state law allows. Currently, thirteen states have laws on the books that allow some use of medical marijuana, and medical marijuana proponents are pressing for more.

       

      I would have thought it was different in Sweden, so thank you for enlightening me on that point.