MS Connection Blog


Cannabis: An MS researcher's perspective

Blog Summary

I have been interested in the effects and side effects of smoked cannabis for many years. Having been involved in multiple sclerosis research and patient care, I’ve had a significant minority of my patients report smoking cannabis on a regular basis – indicating that it helps with pain, spasticity or both.

In a disease without a cure, such as MS, good symptom management is important and if indeed smoked cannabis is proving helpful, then these potential benefits need to be weighed against the possible side effects of further cognitive dysfunction.