If you suffer from MS then you will be glad to hear that there is anecdotal evidence which suggests this cannabinoid can help.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While it does come from the cannabis plant, it will not get you ‘high’ as it doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. CBD is legal here in the UK so long as it is made from EU-approved industrial hemp.
What is MS?
MS, also known as multiple sclerosis, is a disease that can affect your spinal cord, optic nerve and brain. It can cause issues with balance, muscle control, vision and other body functions.
Can CBD help multiple sclerosis?
Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed for people suffering with MS. Sativex is a cannabis-based medicine that can be prescribed by a specialist doctor, only when other treatments have not worked. It is known to reduce spasms and spasticity. However, this does contain THC, alongside cannabidiol.
It has been suggested with anecdotal evidence that CBD on its own can have a positive effect on those with multiple sclerosis. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic and neuroprotective properties. Those suffering from pain will also benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of this cannabinoid.
There are no side effects from taking cannabidiol. It doesn’t affect your heart rate or body temperature. It certainly won’t make you feel ‘high’. If you are suffering from symptoms of MS then you may consider how this cannabinoid might help your symptoms, such as pain, fatigue and depression.
All of the clinical studies to look at how cannabis helps multiple sclerosis always use CBD and THC, or just THC. There have not yet been any studies focused purely on CBD.