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Medical Marijuana For Multiple Sclerosis

MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL MARIJUANAS UPDATE

QUESTION:

Can I Get Medical Marijuana For Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis In Mississippi?

ANSWER:

Yes. But, you must be certified for treatment by a Mississippi Department of Health (MDOH) credentialed medical cannabis practitioner. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows patients to be certified for medical marijuana treatment if they have a “debilitating medical condition”, which includes the following:

A chronic, terminal or debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment, that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe or intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or any other serious medical condition or its treatment added by the Mississippi Department of Health, as provided for in Section 9 of The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act:

The MDOH hopes to begin credentialing physicians no later than June 3rd, 2022. A list of credentialed doctors will be available then. After being certified you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Department of Health. Products may not be available for purchase until late fall 2022.

After being certified you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Department of Health.

Our Goal is to be the most trustworthy resource of reliable, easy-to-find, and impartial information for patients and families suffering from multiple sclerosis and other qualifying medical conditions who are considering medical cannabis.

Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana and The Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis

Mississippi’s medical cannabis laws allow only MDOH credentialed practitioners to prescribe medical cannabis.

Marijuana strains vary in their amounts of THC or CBD. By state law, the flower cannot contain more than 30% THC, and all other forms not more than 60% THC.

And, as with any medication, there are risks and side effects to consider. That is why it is so important to talk to your MDOH credentialed medical cannabis practitioner, pharmacist, and medical cannabis dispensary agent to help you consider:

  • The possible side effects you may experience.
  • The right strain (indica, sativa, or hybrid) for you.
  • The right “Start Low and Go Slow” micro-dosing plan for you.

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) impacts hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, especially among the ages of 20-40, and more so in women than men. Multiple sclerosis is debilitating, can be deadly, and hard to initially detect in patients due to lack of symptoms. It is reported that those who are currently serving or a veteran of the armed forces are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, and research is ongoing to determine why this segment of the population is more susceptible.

Multiple sclerosis impacts the central nervous system of the body, specifically targeting the myelin, or protective layer that surrounds nerve fibers. This serves to disrupt neurotransmission and leads to multiple symptoms, including but not limited to severe pain, spasms, tremors, and inability to move or use arms and legs. MS’s attack and deterioration of the myelin, and the body’s immune system response, the nervous system’s tissue becomes weaker and damaged, sometimes resulting in death. Most commonly, patients with MS are diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS, where symptoms can occur at any time, from sporadic to more frequent and consistent.

Using Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Disclaimer: The content reported here is intended to provide the public with information as reported by medical and scientific studies and data available to the Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance. The Alliance does not provide a diagnosis of patient conditions, or provide healthcare recommendations for a specific patient. All patients should consult their healthcare provider on any forms of treatment specific to their current condition.

Currently, treatment of multiple sclerosis can provide harsh side effects, or not treat all symptoms effectively. Medical cannabis is shown to slow and regulate the progression of MS on the body.

Clinical studies indicate that the use of medical cannabis can help in pain management, reduce or eliminate spasms, and even incontinence. As MS aggressively attacks the body’s nervous system, research indicates that medical cannabis serves to protect the nervous system. Additionally, more research illustrates that patients using medical cannabis show improvement in multiple symptoms, including for their pain, immobility, tremors, issues with vision, and fatigue. Further, research also indicates that memory loss can be treated as a result of using medical cannabis.

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