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Estudo diz que: Cannabis beneficia pacientes que sofrem de esclerose multipla

Cannabis Beneficial for Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Study Finds

Saturday, February 06, 2010 by: Aaron Turpen, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) A systematic review conducted by The Global Neuroscience
Initiative Foundation found that five of six controlled trials reported
a reduction in spasticity and an improvement in mobility amongst
multiple sclerosis patients using cannabis extracts.

The two
researchers, Shaheen Lakhan and Marie Rowland from the Los
Angeles-based foundation, searched for trials evaluating cannabis
extracts. Specifically, they were looking for extracts known as
delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Their study
was published in the December 2009 issue of BMC Neurology.1

What
they were trying to correlate was the benefits of these two extracts
for treating one of multiple sclerosis’ most hard to treat symptoms:
spasticity. Spasticity is the involuntary tension or contraction of
muscles and is one of the most common and tell-tale symptoms of MS.
Most of the current therapies and medications for this symptom are hard
to obtain, have a poor track record, or come with intolerable side
effects.

Of course, the introduction of THC and CBD into patient
groups came with some side effects, most notably intoxication. The
level depended on the treatment dose and, interestingly, was also
reported in the placebo groups of the studies as well.

The
studies considered included those only with THC and CBD combinations
used for the therapies and only for the specific treatment of
spasticity in MS patients. Each study had varying outcomes, but the
overall trend between them showed a reduced spasticity in treated
patients and an improvement in general symptom reduction. The adverse
events reported with these studies were generally considered
well-tolerated by the patient and relatively mild.

The medical
benefits of cannabis have been long known to various people around the
world, but only recently have been accepted by modern science. The
American College of Physicians only just endorsed medical marijuana in
20082 and the use of hemp, a member of the cannabis family, for health has been a staple of the natural health movement.3

This
latest study from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation shows
that the benefits of using cannabis in multiple sclerosis therapies far
outweigh the light side effects they have. In many areas, sufferers
from MS have often turned to marijuana to relieve their symptoms,
usually without a doctor’s knowledge or consent.

On some fronts,
most notably the acceptance of medical marijuana and cannabis extract
treatments, the main stream medical establishment seems to be finally
coming around.

Resources:
1 – Whole plant cannabis extracts in the treatment of spasticity in multiple sclerosis: a systematic review, Shaheen El Lakhan and Marie Rowland, BMC Neurology, December 2009

2 – American College of Physicians Endorses Medical Marijuana, by Adam Miller, NaturalNews.com

3 – Hemp FAQ, by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

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