Cannabis Could Help Treat MS, Israeli Research Suggests

“O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou didst heal me.” (Psalms 30:3)

Israeli researchers have long been on the cutting edge of medical marijuana research. Now a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University have shown that certain compounds found in cannabis can help treat multiple sclerosis-like diseases by preventing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

MS is an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. It can cause a wide range of debilitating motor, physical and mental issues.

“Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response, but in cases like MS, it gets out of hand,” says co-author Dr. Ewa Kozela, who previously studied opiates like morphine, derived from the poppy plant. “Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions.”

Kozela, along...

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