by David Downs
A decent-sized group of multiple sclerosis patients reported less muscle stiffness using weed than they did using placebo, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry reports Oct. 8 in "Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis: results of the MUSEC trial". The ancient herbal remedy doesn't work for everyone, and side effects may include highness, but that's better than a lot of other side effects we know of.
The important part about this study is it used actual weed on a lot of real people, not some synthetic cannabinoid on cells, or a mouse, or a monkey. The US strongly frowns upon such cannabis+human treatment protocols. This study went down in the UK.
That means researchers took the plant and tinctured it in alcohol to get an extract that contained CBD and THC in at least a 1:3 ratio, and sometimes higher. Medical cannabis patients with access to regulated dispensaries in the Bay Area seek out such precisely designed tinctures for MS relief. Such places are being closed by a federal crackdown that's sending MS sufferers to the black market.