Muscle Pain and Medical Marijuana

Dealing with tight, sore, contracting muscles is life for many of the 2.5 million people around the planet suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. Such is the case for many of the 15 million patients with spinal cord injuries who also suffer from the same symptoms, which cause pain, limit movement, and rob people of needed sleep.

Many of the conventional medications can reduce the patients discomfort-yet taking them rarely provides complete relief. Often the drugs cause weakness, drowsiness, and other side effects that some patients find intolerable such as always being constipated.

With this outlook, many patients who have MS and spinal injuries have sought the use of medical marijuana because when they smoke the herb, their pain decreases.

Patients with spinal chord injuries and MS also said they valued the drug because it relieved nausea or helped them sleep. A 1982 study of people with spinal cord injuries, found that 21 of 43 of the case studies reported that marijuana lessened muscle spasticity (a condition in which muscles tense reflexively and resist stretching), while nearly every participant in a 1997 survey of 112 regular marijuana users with multiple sclerosis replied that the drug lessened both pain and spasticity.

This case study is not intended to prove that all people who suffer from MS find marijuana useful, but those that use marijuana do.

test done with animals show that marijuana helps reduce spasticity. Spasms are thought to occur in the brain where movement occurs, including the cannabinoid receptors.

One experiment showed that rodents become more animated under small doses od cannabinoids and less active when they get higher doses.

Many users report that the herb makes their body sway back and forth.

Researchers are still unsure of the exact mechanics behind the cannabinoids effects. With all of the findings that show marijuana contains anecdotal evidence, it’s properties still go untested.

The few existing reports are extremely limited in scope.

There is a lack of good universally medication available for muscle spasticity so it makes a very compelling argument in research cannonaded compounds.