Medical cannabis is believed by many to be a valid treatment for Multiple Sclerosis and MC4MS is behind the movement for safe access to patients in need. Their support of the MS community combined with their thirst for more research makes a one of a kind non-profit organization.
The three main factors of multiple sclerosis (MS) that minimize a patient’s quality of life are pain, tremors, and spasticity. Medical cannabis, taken from the flowering tops of a specific type of marijuana plant, has been widely studied regarding the ways that it can help improve life for those suffering with MS. Not only have various studies concluded that cannabis can not only stifle common symptoms of MS it can help to reduce these symptoms and reduce neurodegeneration.
Also found in these studies it was found that medical cannabis using MS patients have a reduced processing speed, working memory, executive functions and other cognitive functions as compared to those with no cannabis in their system. This is compared to other common treatments for MS like interferon beta-1a (Avonex, Rebif), peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy), teriflunomide (Aubagio), fingolimod (Gilenya), mitoxantrone (Novantrone), dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera), natalizumab (Tysabri). The side effects of these more accepted drugs include fever, chills, diarrhea, hair loss, and even liver problems; pretty brutal compared to a 20% slower cognitive function caused by medicating with marijuana. There is relevant research suggesting that cannabis can help to slow the neurodegenerative process of MS through the act of certain cannabinoids modulating inflammatory reaction and regulating the immune system. Some studies have also been conducted with MS patients regarding muscle spasticity and tons of studies for chronic pain and tremors have been done with CBD and THC extracts of the cannabis plant.
All of these studies point back to one thing, marijuana is powerful in treating these individual hardships that all coincide in Multiple Sclerosis. These facts combined with first hand knowledge of how MS can affect someone inspired the founders of Medical Cannabis 4 Multiple Sclerosis (MC4MS) to establish their non-profit. MC4MS is focused on researching the effects of specific cannabinoids and terpenes on MS patients in hopes of improving the quality of life both for MS patients and their families. They focus mainly on those who are suffering from relapses mostly by easing the minds of family and loved ones regarding the financial aspect of the relapse.