Medical marijuana is still in its infancy. With new research idealizing the potential health benefits of cannabis and new laws legalizing its medical use in several states in the US, medical cannabis is one of the most talked-about subjects today. My friend was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I thought it would be interesting to see if cannabis could help.trea

Multiple Sclerosis: Causes

This disorder is most common in the 20-to-40 age range, according to a Google search. This was an excellent starting point, considering my friend is 25. A damaged myelin sheath is the reason someone can get MS. The protective covering around nerve cells acts as a shield, so nerve signals can be slowed down or stopped completely if this sheath is damaged.

I began to investigate what could cause myelin sheath damage. The most likely culprit was inflammation. Inflammation occurs when our immune system attacks our nervous systems. Multiple Sclerosis can be caused by sheath damage. However, the exact cause of this condition is not known. Medical studies have revealed that MS could be caused by viruses, gene defects, or a combination of both.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Use MMJ

According to a 2019 report, patients having Multiple Sclerosis are more likely to use marijuana. The primary purpose of the research was to determine the factors that influence MS patients’ use of marijuana. In the study, 571 adults and 279 controls were compared. 39% of patients said they had used marijuana, while 32.7% reported that they had not. This tells us a lot. One thing was clear after I read this report: If so many MS patients use marijuana, then it must have some benefits. So, I kept digging.

I came across this article where a patient’s experience using medical cannabis was shared. Jason Jordan was the first person with MS to be prescribed MMJ in Australia. At 21 years old, he felt his first symptoms. Jason described MS in his own words. The first stage is “relapsing remitting MS”, where symptoms are temporary and then improve. The second stage is “primary progressive MS,” where symptoms tend to persist. Finally, the third stage is when he experienced strange sensations, which he described as “burning in the feet or feeling like they’re in a bucket full of ice”.

Jason recalls the time he was faced with a choice between medical cannabis and an experimental medication that could cause brain infections. Jason decided to use medical cannabis after consulting his neuroologist and doing his research. What was the result? Within six months, he was back to normal.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Benefit from CBD and MMJ

While researching the benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids, I came across this article that quoted a 2017 NASEM report. The report stated that oral cannabinoid-based medicines had shown significant benefits for adults with MS. CBD oil can be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and provide comfort.

There were many other published studies that showed how CBD and medical marijuana could be used to treat muscle spasticity and chronic pain. There is one problem: marijuana used for medical purposes is completely different than marijuana used for recreational purposes. Patients should consult their doctors before consuming marijuana. They also need to know the right dosage to avoid side effects. Today, there are many options for finding doctors online from sites such as if you are in America or in the UK.


My friend is still at the beginning stages of MS. I suggest that he read these reports before moving on to the next stage. It’s better to try MMJ or CBD if traditional treatments are not effective. Jason and other patients claimed that they were able to help them before it was too late.

This article does not contain a diagnosis or treatment. It’s simply a compilation of data from many online resources about MS and the role of medical marijuana in its treatment. This article is intended to educate and raise awareness for anyone who may be experiencing a similar experience as my friend. MS can be defeated if we all work together and share our information. This is especially true in an era of medical marijuana industry growth. How 6 Types of Insulin Work?