AAN endorses cannabis for MS pain, spasticity

There is sufficient evidence for clinicians to prescribe cannabis in pill or spray form to ease patient-reported pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.

The guidelines looked at a variety of alternative therapies commonly used in MS including cannabis, magnetic therapy, reflexology, ginkgo biloba, bee sting therapy and fish oils.

The authors found oral cannabis extract, THC and cannabinoid spray alleviated patient-reported spasticity and pain but not central neuropathic pain.

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