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Marijuana for MS: Miracle or Menace?

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Marijuana for MS: Miracle or Menace?

Imagine the desperation felt by people living with chronic, severe pain or discomfort — with no relief in sight. The list of symptoms brought on by multiple sclerosis is lengthy, and for people with progressive forms of MS, quality of life becomes an intensely personal issue. Until we walk in those shoes, our ability to truly empathize is limited.

Marijuana has been reported to help patients cope with a variety of chronic medical conditions, including AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis. Many MS patients and advocates report that the use of medical marijuana provides relief from spasticity, nerve pain, tremors, sleeping disorders, and depression.

Marijuana is known to cause some cognitive impairment, but many legally prescribed medications are far more potent and come with the risk of more serious side effects. Watch television for a few hours and you’ll see a stream of ads for powerful prescription medications with lengthy potential side-effects up to and including death… but they remain an option for those who choose them.

Six years into life with relapsing/remitting MS, I consider myself very fortunate in that I still have periods of remission that provide relief from symptoms. I have no need for marijuana or the regular use of any type of pain medication. However, having experienced extended periods of pain, discomfort, and a fair amount of disability, I have an inkling of how life might change should my MS run amok and become more aggressive, or if some other condition should rear its ugly head. It is a possibility I cannot dismiss.

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8:32PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

miracle

10:53AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

People should have the right to TRY anything that they want. It's their lives. We need to quit being a NANNY STATE. I live with chronic pain. I'm waiting for an appointment with a civilian doctor to get a Marijuana script to deal with the pain because the VAMC system CAN"T prescribe it even though it's been shown to be VERY effective for PTSD and other medical conditions. The pharmaceutical companies don't want it used because that takes money out of THEIR pockets. The same reason they don't want cures for things. It's all about the money. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY ME ANY TREATMENT I WANT TO TRY. My body, my CHOICE!!!!

9:54AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

To Laura S... I disagree I have M.S. you try living in our shoes. For me it is better than any Chemical than Man has Made! Rather it be injested or smoked, it relieves my Muscles and Tendons from feeling like they are pulling all the way up to my throat! I did Bee Sting Therapy, yes Bee's can be a menace also, but do you think our World would be better off without Honey Bees? I dont think so!

6:06AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you

4:54AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

I think it's a menace to society and should be banned.

3:39AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

miracle

2:30AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks

1:40AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

interesting, thanks for sharing

10:33AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thanx for the interesting reading.

5:17PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I'M NOT ONE TO JUDGE SINCE I DON'T HAVE IT!

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