Medical Marijuana Might Slow Thinking Among MS Patients
Study shows that side effects could sometimes outweight benefits of pain relief
As the debate over medical marijuana use continues, a new study among multiple sclerosis patients — who often use the drug to relieve pain and muscle spasticity — adds to the argument that smoking pot clouds thinking skills. Canadian researchers studied two groups of 25 people between the ages of 18 and 65 with MS, an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system and can lead to paralysis, cognitive problems, incontinence and a host of other sensory and functional deficits. One group used marijuana heavily, while the other group reported no marijuana use for many years.