Can I Use My Minnesota Marijuana Card to Treat Multiple Sclerosis?
Does MS Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Minnesota?
Multiple sclerosis (MS), is one of the most common neurological diseases, with a recent study concluding that close to a million Americans have MS.
While MS cannot be cured, there are several medications available to treat the disease and its symptoms. The earlier an MS patient begins a treatment plan, the less likely they are to experience some of the more severe symptoms.
And for North Star State who are dealing with MS, there is good news: Under the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, MS patients may treat their condition with medical marijuana.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is an autoimmune disease affecting the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
MS patients’ immune systems turn against them, attacking their own bodies’ myelin. Myelin is a fatty substance that wraps around nerves like a sheath, protecting them from harm. Without this covering, nerves can become damaged, limiting the brain’s ability to send signals and leading to a wide range of possible symptoms.
MS are diverse, and can vary immensely from patient to patient. Among the common symptoms are:
Tingling and numbness
Bladder and bowel control problems
Muscle weakness or spasms
While much is still unknown about MS, including what exactly causes it, a number of issues that can influence the onset of the condition have been identified, including hereditary factors, certain viral infections, and smoking. Also, we know that women are more susceptible to MS than men are, and that regular exercise, a healthy diet, and reducing stress can all help alleviate symptoms.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Me Treat My MS?
A vast amount of research has shown that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for some MS symptoms.
One study published in a neurology journal found that using medical marijuana helped MS patients experience a significant reduction in body pain, muscle stiffness, spasms, and sleep quality issues.
Inflammation of neural tissue is one symptom commonly associated with MS, and one symptom that medical marijuana has been proven to treat. Studies have shown that cannabis can be a safe, effective treatment for inflammation in general as well as inflamed neural tissue specifically.
Spasticity, another common MS symptom, can also be treated with medical marijuana. Research shows that cannabis can safely and significantly reduce the spasms caused by MS.
Finally, MS sufferers often face depression, and research has shown that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for this common symptom as well.
3 Easy Steps
Get approved to legally obtain, consume, transport and process medical marijuana from a licensed Minnesota marijuana dispensary.
Schedule an Appointment
Schedule your medical marijuana evaluation today! Book online or call our helpful Patient Support Center.
Best Prices in Minnesota
We offer a variety of payment methods as well as veteran and senior discounts.
Should I Try Medical Marijuana to Treat my MS?
We can’t answer that question for you, as only a qualified medical marijuana doctor can guide you through that decision. Fortunately, our doctors are passionate about helping all Minnesotans find the best treatments for their healthcare needs, MS included.
Get a Minnesota Marijuana Card Through Telemedicine
We will soon be offering telemedicine appointments, where you will be able to get approved for a Minnesota Marijuana Card from the safety and comfort of your own home using a computer, smartphone, or tablet!
Reserve your evaluation today, and as soon as we are cleared to do so, we’ll book a telemed appointment with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate marijuana doctors. Not only will you conveniently and easily find out if medical marijuana might be right for you, but you’ll receive $25 off the cost of your appointment!