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Study: Mixed results for marijuana as treatment for brain diseases

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Miracle drug or snake oil?

There's a new report out that questions whether medical marijuana really works as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions, especially in hard-to-treat patients.

A review by the American Academy of Neurology on the use of medical marijuana in brain diseases found certain forms of the drug can help treat some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but do not appear to be helpful in treating drug-induced movements in Parkinson’s disease.

Meanwhile, the academy said there was not enough evidence to show whether medical marijuana is helpful in treating motor problems in Huntington’s disease, tics in Tourette syndrome, cervical dystonia, and seizures in epilepsy

The review will be published in the April 29th issue of Neurology.

A summary of the review, released Monday, went on to distinguish between the different forms of medical marijuana.

Most of the MS studies examined pill or oral spray forms, the academy said. There were two studies that examined smoked medical marijuana for treating MS symptoms. However, they did not provide enough information to show if smoked medical marijuana is effective.

“It’s important to note that medical marijuana can worsen thinking and memory problems, and this is a concern since many people with MS suffer from these problems already due to the disease itself,” observed Dr. Barbara S. Koppel of New York Medical College and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

Medical marijuana will be on the ballot in Florida this fall.

You can read more of the academy's findings here: www.neurology.org

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