Medical Marijuana Effectively Treats MS Symptoms, Review Finds, News Report, Cannabis, Subtitle

Medical Marijuana Effectively Treats MS Symptoms, Review Finds, News Report, Cannabis, Subtitle


Medical Marijuana Effectively Treats MS Symptoms,
Review Finds – CBS – Newsreader: Medical marijuana
is becoming mainstream, 21 states and the District of Columbia allow it. But until today, little was known about
whether it can effectively treat neurological disorders. Dr. John Lapook reports
on a new review of medical marijuana. – Dr. John Lapook: 69 year-old Gloria Gate
has multiple sclerosis. She can no longer walk and is often in severe pain. – Gloria Gate: One thing that is just intolerable for me
are these excruciating leg cramps. – Dr. John Lapook:
Powerful muscle relaxants didn’t help. She now has a medical marijuana permit
and uses an extract specifically made for her. – Gloria Gate: I tried it as a last ressort
and it’s been an absolute blessing for me. – Dr. John Lapook: Today for the first time,
the American Academy of Neurology said medical marijuana is an effective treatment
for some symptoms of multiple sclerosis. It concluded spasm, muscle tightness
and pain can all be helped. That’s when the drug is given as an oral spray or pill. There’s not enough evidence to determine
if smoking marijuana is also effective, Dr Barbara Koppel is the lead author. – Dr. Koppel: There’s lots of literature about smoking
because that’s what most people do. But it’s all anonymous questionnaires
and it’s patient testimonials. – Dr. John Lapook: As for other disorders, in Parkinson’s the panel found marijuana ineffective
for treating abnormal movements caused by medications. The data was inconclusive for treating tics
and Tourette’s syndrome and seizures in epilepsy. I have a feeling it’s going to help epilepsy, just because most of my patients have epilepsy
and they tell me that smoking marijuana helps them. But that’s not the kind of evidence
we could use for the guidelines. – Dr. John Lapook: Since marijuana
has been illegal in the United States, research into benefits and risks such as
cognitive side effects has been severely hampered. In fact there’s only
one federally approved source for study and Scott, now medical marijuana
has being made legal by state voters, not by the FDA. So it has not gone through
the usual rigorous FDA approval process. – Newsreader: John, thanks

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