The perceived effects of smoked cannabis on patients with multiple sclerosis

P Consroe, R Musty, J Rein, W Tillery, Roger Guy Pertwee

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Fifty-three UK and 59 USA people with multiple sclerosis (MS) answered anonymously the first questionnaire on cannabis use and MS, From 97 to 30% of the subjects reported cannabis improved (in descending rank order): spasticity, chronic pain of extremities, acute paroxysmal phenomenon, tremor, emotional dysfunction, anorexia/weight loss, fatigue states, double vision, sexual dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunctions, vision dimness, dysfunctions of walking and balance, and memory loss. The MS subjects surveyed have specific therapeutic reasons for smoking cannabis. The survey findings will aid in the design of a clinical trial of cannabis or cannabinoid administration to MS patients or to other patients with similar signs or symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • cannabis
  • marijuana
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurological disorder
  • spasticity
  • pain
  • tremor
  • depression
  • USA patients with MS
  • UK patients with MS


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