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Medical Marijuana Benefits MS, Spinal Cord Patients: Report

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Marijuana helps ease muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and pain caused by certain neurological illnesses or spinal cord injuries, says a report released Wednesday by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego.

The document includes the findings of five studies that included participants who were randomly selected to receive either marijuana or placebos, the Associated Press reported.

"There is good evidence now that cannabinoids may be either an adjunct or a first-line treatment," psychiatrist Igor Grant, the director of the research center, said at a press conference where he presented the study results.

The California Legislature created the center in 2000 to investigate claims about the effectiveness of medical marijuana. California is the only state to sponsor such research, the AP reported.

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I broke my neck in 1973 in an auto accident and have terrible arthritis as well as muscle spasms and intermittent paralysis of the left arm and hand. I have been on many muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. Nothing gives me the relief that marijuana does. All the medical community did for me was get me addicted to pain killers for which I had to go to rehab.I have taken no painkillers and used only marijuana for 9 years now.

May 18, 2010 - 7:13am
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