Medical marijuana dispensaries are scheduled to open later this year in Massachusetts, so an up-to-date evaluation of research has shown that it may be able to help lessen the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), such as muscle stiffness and pain but that medical marijuana does not help in treating individuals who have Parkinson’s disease or numerous other neurological disorders such Huntington’s disease, tics from Tourette syndrome or seizures in people who suffer from epilepsy.
The research study was directed by scientists assembled by the American Academy of Neurology, stated that they wanted to let both patients and their physicians know about their findings but they did not want to make any kind of specific recommendation for treatments
The team of researchers stated that doctors needed to consider any possible severe side effects before allowing their patients to either buy or grow the drug for personal use. There has been depression, mood changes and suicidal thoughts occurring in just under two percent of patients, who have been using marijuana for medicinal purposes, stated a review of nearly 35 research reports that were printed up in the most recent edition of the journal Neurology.
Dr. Barbara Koppel, who works as a neurologist at a medical college in New York and is also the leader of the research study, explained that even though certain types of medical marijuana can be useful to treat various symptoms of MS, the report they did highlights the need for even more high quality investigative studies on the true safety and effectiveness of marijuana.
Even with such concerns, the deductions of the top neurology team’s review could possibly make neurologists even more likely to endorse marijuana to be given to MS patients who fail to benefit from any usual treatments.
Dr. Howard Weiner, who works as a director at a multiple sclerosis center at a Massachusetts hospital stated that he feels the study shows positive findings about medical marijuana and it helps him feel much more comfortable about telling his MS patients about going ahead and using medical marijuana for their symptoms.
Since January of this year, he and numerous colleagues of his have gave legal permission to over 100 multiple sclerosis suffers the go-ahead to be able to use marijuana for therapeutic purposes. So until the dispensaries open up, certified patients are legally allowed to grow their own marijuana or get it from someone considered a visiting nurse or a person working for hospice.
Back in January of this year, the Massachusetts State Department of Health permitted 20 candidates for introductory licenses to be able to operate marijuana dispensaries, but in March these individuals were informed they would have to go under extensive extra background checks before they would be allowed to operate the dispensaries.
It is uncertain if the new scrutiny checks would cause delays in the dispensary openings. The first ones had been scheduled to open up the first of this summer. Operators have to be licensed and also inspected by both local and also state officials before they can start growing any marijuana.
It is going to be a wait for the medical marijuana dispensaries that were scheduled to open later this year in Massachusetts, so sufferers of multiple sclerosis going to have to rely on their private growing skills or visiting nurses.
By Kimberly Ruble