I have been using medical marijuana since the age of 18 for depression, migraines and insomnia. I was recently diagnosed with MS and didn't notice a relapse until I stopped using medical marijuana. I know it can be used as an anti-inflammatory but I wanted to know if there was particular component to it that is the anti-inflammatory. Such as CBDs, THC, etc. If anyone has knowledge about using medical marijuana paired with my MS treatment what strain would be beneficial, edibles, tinctures. I would like to continue to use medical marijuana but I wanted more knowledge to aid my inflammation. Thank you in advance.
There is very little if any evidence that marijuana (or any of its extracts) has a meaningful effect on mechanisms responsible for tissue injury in MS. There is evidence of symptomatic reductions in pain and spasticity, in particular. A European company has marketed a cannibis extract, Saltivex, which has been approved for use in MS patients in much of Europe and Mexico but not yet in the United states.
There is only anectodal evidence of the relative benefits and side effects of various Cannibis stains on symptom reduction. If you reside in a state with legalized marijuana or medical marijuana, the distributors usually can provide information on strain types and their relative benefits and side effects
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego