Multiple sclerosis, or MS, occurs when the body’s immune system “eats away” at the protective covering of nerves (called the myelin sheath). This resulting nerve damage disrupts communication between the brain and the body. Multiple sclerosis can cause many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away. Physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system can help with symptoms and slow disease progression, but there is no cure. Unfortunately, medications that weaken the immune system come with the potential for serious side effects.
Because of this, some patients have turned to CBD oil to help with symptoms of multiple sclerosis. While CBD is not a replacement for the mainstays of treatment, preliminary research and case reports have shown some benefit when CBD is added to the regimen. Patients report that CBD helps with the muscle spasticity symptoms of MS.
One study showed that “…objective improvement in mobility and patients’ opinion of an improvement in pain suggest that cannabinoids might be clinically useful.”