mainstream media reports: marijuana eases ms symptoms
by Peggy Peck, UPI - August 20, 2002
A survey of multiple sclerosis patients living in England found that 45 percent use marijuana either for relief of disabling leg spasms or to ease MS pain -- and use increases as symptoms worsen.
Neurologist Dr. M. Sam Chong of King's College Hospital, London, said the "use rate is actually higher than we expected, especially since 18 percent of the patients said they used cannabis in the last month." In an interview with United Press International, Chong, who presented the findings Sunday at the 10th World Congress on Pain, said that about half of the patients "started using marijuana only after MS was diagnosed."
Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disorder that destroys myelin, the casing that protects the spinal cord.
He said that 74 percent said that marijuana either eliminated or controlled leg spasms that make walking difficult or impossible while 54 percent said they used marijuana mainly for pain relief.
But still they are hounded by the law!