We’ve already talked about marijuana stopping brain cancer, but apparently the miracle plant’s abilities don’t end there. A recent study has found that one of the chemicals in weed can help treat Multiple Sclerosis.
“Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response, but in cases like MS it gets out of hand,” says Dr. Ewa Kozela. “Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions.”
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects millions globally, where nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain are inflamed to the point of permanent damage. Doctors are unsure of what causes it and have struggled for years to find an effective treatment method. Until marijuana, that is.
“When used wisely, cannabis has huge potential,” says Kozela. “We’re just beginning to understand how it works.”
The study was conducted on mice with MS, so we’re still far out from seeing human patients with MS getting their daily dose of marijuana, but at least now there’s a hope to treat the debilitating disease. Even more impressive, Kozela and the other doctors involved in the study believe that marijuana will be effective not just with MS but with other inflammatory diseases.
And it looks like people are taking notice. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has developed a task force to look into the matter and are currently funding their own study to see how effective different strains of marijuana would be for treatment. They’re reporting trouble finding unbiased results because individuals in the control group can tell that they’re high and thus it skews the reactions they get (most studies involving drugs have a control group and a placebo group. The control group gets the actual drug while the placebo group does not; participants don’t know what group they’re in so as to keep results unbiased and honest).