Medical Marijuana and Brain Diseases


Story Updated: Apr 30, 2014

Medical marijuana might be a useful treatment for patients struggling with multiple sclerosis a new study suggests.

The finding published in the journal Neurology follows an analysis of 34 prior investigations. Almost all the studies focused exclusively on pill or oral spray forms of marijuana. This meant that a review team from the American Academy of Neurology was not able to assess the potential benefit of smoking marijuana. But as a whole the evidence did show that when taken in pill or oral spray form marijuana does offer considerable relief from some of the classic symptoms brought on by multiple sclerosis. Symptoms including painful spasms, burning and numbness as well as spasticity.

However the team also concluded that the same treatments do not help control movement problems sometimes seen among Parkinson's patients who take a commonly prescribed medication called "levodopa". And due to a lack of evidence the jury remains out as to whether marijuana is a viable treatment for a host of other neurologic diseases including Huntington's, Tourette Syndrome, epilepsy, and cervical dystonia.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can help you stay healthy, happy, and fit.

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