As more states opt to legalize medical marijuana, more positive uses for the drug continue to emerge. The University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research has conducted a new study on the effects of marijuana on people with multiple sclerosis and the results were promising.
Patients were treated for an MS side effect known as spasticity, which causes muscles to tighten and lose control. They were given marijuana cigarettes, packed with the standard amount of weed:
The medical marijuana used in the study contained 4 percent delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which the researchers said resembled the strength of cigarettes most commonly available in the community at the time of the study.
Participants who smoked the weed experienced about a third of a decrease in spasticity. Some subjects were left feeling "too high," so researchers are working to prepare a dose that doesn't alter the mind too much. Still, multiple sclerosis patients should take comfort in knowing that occasionally putting one in the air can not only put them where they need to be, but also help with their condition.