Using Cannabis to Treat MS | Cannabis Now
Monday, Jul 18, 2016

While the search for a cure continues, some Multiple Sclerosis patients have started to find their own healing with medical cannabis.



Veteran Teri Heede, for example, turned to cannabis after her doctor told her there was nothing more they could do. The array of prescriptions she had been given had failed to manage her condition and had eaten away at her stomach lining, leaving her more ill than before. The doctors advised her to seek out alternative methods and after three weeks of treating herself with cannabis she was back on her feet. Now Heede uses her new-found energy to fight for cannabis patient rights.

“We need to make these herbal alternatives legal and available,” she warns “these pharmaceuticals are killing people.”

For Heede, cannabis has been a life-altering medicine, bringing back her ability to live a full and active life. MS is a chronic and unpredictable condition of the central nervous system, which affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. This often debilitating disease can cause a wide variety of symptoms including intense chronic pain, paralysis, muscle spasms and even blindness. There is no cure for MS and while conventional medications exist to slow the progression of the disease and ease the symptoms, for many patients these options either fail, or leave them managing debilitating side effects. Liver problems, nerve damage, and hair loss are all possible side effects an MS patient might experience while on these medications, along with an increased susceptibility to viral infections like the flu.

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