Cannabis Use, Including CBD, Continues To Grow For Those With Chronic Pain From Multiple Sclerosis.
More than 1,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) were surveyed of which over 40% mentioned that they have used cannabis products to deal with pain related to MS. Most of them were trying to reduce symptoms associated with this health condition, such as chronic pain and sleep. As more states continue to legalize marijuana use recreationally or medically, we are seeing an increase in the number of users. About 42% have had used a cannabinoid while 18% have only had conversations about it with their physician. More important to note is the fact that less than 1% of cannabinoid users received information from their provider about the type of cannabinoid product recommended for their symptoms.
Survey respondents preferred to go with CBD products and shy away from the psychoactive effects of THC. Most patients are turning to their providers to understand their options and to see if cannabis compounds are a good choice for their problem. Unfortunately, the lack of evidence on how cannabinoids can help MS makes it difficult for the providers to offer good advice to their patients.
Braley adds many publications about cannabis in MS, including this one, have had populations that skew female-identifying and white, highlighting a need for more diverse perspectives from racial and ethnic minorities that have been historically underrepresented in MS research.
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