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Medical Marijuana Provides Some Symptom Relief In Multiple Sclerosis

March 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The American Academy of Neurology has published a new guideline stating that medical marijuana pills and oral sprays do ease the symptoms of people with multiple sclerosis, including spasticity, pain from spasticity and frequent urination. The guideline looked at other so-called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for MS, finding no evidence of therapeutic value. Other nonconventional therapies included ginkgo biloba, magnetic therapy, bee sting therapy, omega-3 fatty acids and reflexology. The researchers noted that the marijuana-based therapies often have adverse side effects and should be taken only with the advice of physicians. The FDA has approved certain synthetic marijuana ingredients for treatment of some disease symptoms and drug side effects.
V. Yadav et al., "Summary of evidence-based guideline: Complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. ", Neurology, March 24, 2014, © American Academy of Neurology
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