If you or a loved one is struggling with Multiple Sclerosis, you should know that medical marijuana is now available in Pennsylvania for treating symptoms of this neurological condition.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin, the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers, and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Below are the most common types of Multiple Sclerosis:
- Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
- Relapsing-Remitting MS
- Secondary Progressive MS
- Primary Progressive MS
- Progressive Relapsing MS
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are variable, unpredictable, and may differ from person to person. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. Below are some of the common symptoms:
- Blurry or double vision
- Inability to focus
- Memory lapses
- Muscle spasms
- Poor muscle coordination
- Sexual dysfunction
- Trouble moving limbs
How to Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis
There is no standardized test for MS. In most cases, Multiple Sclerosis is diagnosed by ruling out other conditions that may have similar symptoms, which is commonly referred to as a differential diagnosis.
The diagnosis for people with Relapsing-Remitting MS is fairly straightforward. Physicians will look for a pattern of symptoms and confirm them with blood tests and MRIs. People with unusual symptoms typically require a spinal fluid analysis, evoked potentials, and additional imaging tests.
Statistics to Consider
- Nearly 1 million people in the United States are living with MS
- MS is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults around the world
- You can develop MS at any age, but most people receive diagnoses between the ages of 20 and 50
Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the primary chemicals in marijuana. Studies have found that THC helps increase appetite, reduce nausea, and improve muscle control issues while CBD assists with controlling seizures and other mental health conditions. Both chemicals can help reduce pain and inflammation in the body. While there is no cure for MS, patients have found medical marijuana as a reliable form of treatment without the harsh side effects of prescription based medications.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Multiple Sclerosis
Due to the seriousness of the disease, many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get your medical marijuana card in the state of Pennsylvania:
- Register for the PA Medical Marijuana Program with Compassionate Certification Centers
- Have a physician certify that you suffer from a terminal illness
- Purchase a medical marijuana ID card
- Get medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania
Compassionate Certification Centers is here to provide you with the support, care, and guidance you need to get certified in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. Schedule an appointment with us at 888-316-9085 to start your evaluation process!