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05/15/2012 10:29 PM ID: 91977 Permalink   

Marijuana Eases Multiple Sclerosis Pain


A study claims to have found evidence that marijuana could be an effective treatment for spasticity experienced by multiple sclerosis patients.

30 adult MS patients took part in the study. Those smoking marijuana experienced a decrease of spasticity and pain by about 30 percent.

However, Nicholas LaRocca of the Natinal MS Society says smoking pot can also have "cognitive effects" and, therefore, is not the best solution to the problem.

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Legalize it, tax it and regulate it like alcohol!
  by: Lurker     05/15/2012 11:40 PM     
  no way?  
35 years ago I met a woman with MS a friend and I befriended her son who was always picked on. On occasion she would ask us to find her some pot that it helped her through the pain.

its sad to see that pot is still treated like it was heroin.

it will never be legalized because of the fact that anyone can grow pot, not to mention Pharma companies are using derivatives of marijuana to make medicine for cancer patients.

right now Pharma is trying to take over the medical marijuana industry

too much money from taxes and sales for the usa to legalize it.
  by: smgordon1259   05/16/2012 05:58 PM     
  "cognitive effects"  
and why is that just assumed to be a negative? Effects can go either way, of course. I see only a little more in the source: "generally slowed down people´s mental skills". Seems a little oversimplified.

The best concise explanation I´ve heard is that marijuana use leads to divergent, rather than convergent, thinking. Ask them a point blank question with a simple answer? They´ll probably respond more slowly. On the other hand - Ask them to brainstorm, reach new insights, make non-trivial connections between seemingly dissimilar things... you see where I´m going.
  by: reverend j roach     05/17/2012 12:55 AM     
Thanks for the link, very interesting story. I was aware of Marinol, but this certainly takes it a step further.

Can´t help but think you are missing a bigger point though. It is not only sad that marijuana is treated like heroin, but also that heroin is treated like heroin.

Prohibition of any drug is wrong. Both in the ideological (who the hell are you to tell me what to put in my body) and practical (laws/enforcedment are at best ineffective, at worst counterproductive and harmful) sense.
  by: reverend j roach     05/17/2012 03:57 AM     
  @reverend j roach  
no I missed no point I understand how and why pot is banned. it´s a schedule 1 drug only because of BIG PHAMA , not for any other reason but their profits.

Been a supporter for marijuana legalization since 1976
  by: smgordon1259   05/18/2012 07:11 AM     
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