Researchers struggling to determine whether marijuana can treat MS symptoms
In a bid to determine whether marijuana can really treat MS symptoms, researchers at Colorado State University’s Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory are studying individuals with MS who are already using the drug as a treatment.
Though a number of anecdotal reports have claimed that medical marijuana can effectively treat MS symptoms like muscle weakness, anxiety and fatigue, they haven’t been scientifically verified.
Marijuana in known to contain more than one hundred compounds, but Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are said to have the most significance for medical purposes.
But, there is currently no information regarding the most effective ratio of THC and CBD and how frequently individuals with MS should use the drug.
Many marijuana advocates argue that little is known about the beneficial effects of the drug because of how the drug is regulated at the federal level. Its classification makes it very tricky for researchers to study it in clinical trials.
As marijuana is on Schedule 1, doctors are not permitted to prescribe it, even in states like Colorado where medical marijuana is legal. In such states doctors can only provide patients with a “permission slip” for medical marijuana that has to be approved by a state agency.