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Smoking cannabis mixed with tobacco has the well-known risks of tobacco smoking but has extra risks for people with MS. Smoking tobacco can:

There are different types of cannabis and cannabis products. One cannabis-based medicine, called Sativex, is licensed in the UK to treat spasticity (muscle spasms and stiffness) in multiple sclerosis (MS).

The law now says that these oils can be prescribed for medicinal use, but this is on a case-by-case basis and only when there is a special clinical need for individual people. You may see them still being sold as ‘food supplements’ (Reference 1).

When they looked at the research in 2014, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) didn’t find enough evidence that smoking cannabis was safe or effective against MS. They did find that people with MS said cannabis-based drugs (pills or sprays) helped with muscle stiffness (spasticity) and pain.(Reference 3)

How cannabis can affect you

In the UK there are three licensed cannabis-based medicines:

Cannabis that’s grown and sold illegally comes in these main types:

It’s not against the law to have these products if they only have CBD in them (and no THC). (Reference 2)

Different types of cannabis

There are products made using the CBD chemical found in cannabis. These include oils you take by mouth (for example, under your tongue or with a mouth spray) or by vapourising. They won’t get you high as they have little or no THC in them.

Cannabis is made up of compounds called cannabinoids. The main ones studied for their therapeutic effect are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gets you ‘high’, and cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t.

There’s a medically approved cannabis-based treatment called Sativex, but it doesn’t work for everyone. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland it’s approved for use on the NHS for ‘moderate’ to ‘severe’ spasticity (muscle spasms and stiffness). But you can have it only if other treatments haven’t worked. It’s not yet approved in Scotland but we hope it soon will be.

One in five people with multiple sclerosis (MS) surveyed in 2014 told us they’d used cannabis to help with their symptoms. They said it can help with muscle spasms or stiffness (spasticity) and pain.

Cannabis is made up of compounds called cannabinoids. The main ones studied for their therapeutic effect are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gets you ‘high’, and cannabidiol (CBD), which doesn’t.

In November 2018, the UK government legalised cannabis for medicinal use, but also put a strict criteria in place for who could access it. Only specialist doctors are allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis, and so far only a handful of people have benefited from the change in law.

Some people with MS use cannabis in a variety of ways to help ease their symptoms.

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If you have any queries or issues regarding the survey please feel free to contact the following email [email protected]

You are invited to participate in a study which will explore the perception of CBD oil.

Are you currently living in Ireland and have a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

CBD is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies suggesting it may ease some symptoms of ailments e.g. chronic pain and anxiety.

What is CBD oil?

If so, we are looking to hear from you! A fourth-year B. Applied Food Science and Nutrition student in St. Angela’s College, Sligo is researching the perceptions of CBD oil from the perspective of people living with MS as part of their final year research project. As a part of their project they have created a survey and need to obtain as many responses as possible from people living with MS in Ireland. You do not need to have any previous knowledge of CBD oil, or have used it in the past to complete this survey, we are just looking to get a clearer image of your perceptions and feelings toward CBD oil.

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD Oil is derived from the cannabis plant. The CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and is then diluted with an oil such as flax, hemp or coconut oil. CBD oil is legal in Ireland once it contains 0% THC. THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol and is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s physiological effects. With the THC extracted, CBD Oil can be used safely and legally in Ireland.

Your responses will be kept 100% anonymous. Thank you in advance for your help!

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