I have "Clinically Isolated Syndrome". Basically, Multiple Sclerosis but they have only found 1 lesion so far. I informed my neurologist (a resident who is an undergraduate from a very well known, prominent school, and a graduate at a very prominent school for neurology) that I use marijuana to control some of the symptoms, and she said the following:
"Marijuana, as you know, is a schedule 1 drug which means the government does not believe it to have any medical benefit. We all know this is not true. Since it is a schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to have medical studies conducted which test the medical benefits of the drug. However there has been a recent study that conclusively shows marijuana, when not used in the combustible form, helps patients with Multiple Sclerosis who are experiencing spasticity. I cannot legally recommend that you use the drug due to its schedule 1 status, but I will not tell you that it would not benefit you if you are experiencing spasticity. I will say that the combustible form is the form I would urge you not to use, because we all know the smoked form is bad for your overall health".
I will say that she shot me down when I brought up my experiences that it does help me with SOME forms of pain. She said that there have been no studies done that confirm pain relief, or any other types of relief for patients with MS. I was released from the hospital yesterday after a 5 day stay and a spinal tap. I have been constipated for a week with no urge to use the toilet. They gave me 2 stool softeners every day I was there, as well as a prescription strength laxative and it did not work. I came home and ate a piece of a pot brownie and 2 hours later I had a bowel movement. Also, my spine stopped feeling extremely tense and the pain (from the spinal tap) went away. There are hundreds of thousands, hell, millions of people who could benefit from this being medically available.
I live in Louisiana, and this state is quite possibly the harshest state against marijuana. I absolutely love my city and refuse to move, but it would be a godsend if a pill, or any alternative to smoking it, was readily available.