Using cannabis for medicinal purposes
Context: Researchers, from the Institute of Neurology at University College, London have found that cannabis can relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Many MS sufferers have taken the drug illegally, claiming that it has a therapeutic effect. Now UK scientists have shown that a compound in cannabis can prevent muscle tremor and spasticity caused by MS. Dr David Baker, from the Institute of Neurology, said: "Although not a cure, our research suggests that cannabinoids can play a crucial role in controlling some of the neuro-muscular problems seen with MS." Dr Lorna Layward, from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, said: "This is the first time that we have had any objective scientific evidence that cannabinoid-like compounds have a therapeutic effect on some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis."
Type Classification: F: Exceptional strategies