Medical Cannabis (drug) and Multiple Sclerosis: What does Science Say?

Medical Cannabis (drug) and Multiple Sclerosis: What does Science Say?

In this video I discuss Medical Cannabis (drugs) and Multiple Sclerosis. It was recorded during a live CME presentation (3/2019) …


Aaron Boster MD


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  • I had not watched this video until today. Very well done.

  • Great video…thank you for your openmindedness and concern for what's really best for us…

  • Been using Cannabinoids for the past 2 years to battle my symptoms. I finally saw a Neurologist to schedule my first MRI to be diagnosed. I have 3 significant episodes in my life where my symptoms in severe pain, tingling, numbness, had progressed to be longlasting, never really cleared up only got worse over the years. Now I have severe back, neck, hip pain, pain in my legs, feet, arms, cramping. Itching stabbing pain in one side of my back, upper lumbar. at 17, I was told by a Chiropractor I had a fused C1/C2 Vertebrae, causing Kyphosis. All that lead up to in 2012, I lost use of my lower half, severe pain in my back. I assumed it was a slipped disc, because I was a powerlifter.. I was injured with a severe head injury by a Faulty 150lb Steel beam slamming into my head.. After that I stopped going to the gym, and have had severe chronic pain daily. I used Cannabis in Highschool while Skating around town, I would roll my ankle and get injured all the time, so we used it to ease our Nerve pain even back then. Well, now I'm 36, and Cannabis is Legal in California. I began using it to treat my pain two years ago, and have dived in heavily. I use 1-3 Grams of Cannabis flower daily. I know I should use CBD drops, but I haven't had much success with CBD and the pain.

    What I can say, is that the different methods of delivery are most important. Vapor/Smoke = FAST/Immediate onset, Edible/Tincture = Slow/Delayed Onset, Salves = Safe as needed.

    Combusting Flower will cause MAJOR issues for a non-experienced user, because of burnt resin and plant particulate are unfavorable and smell BAD. Cause teeth staining, and Bad Breath. In order to avoid this, Brush teeth after use immediately. Smoke using Glass and CLEAN water everytime. Use a filtered mouth piece to limit the amount of harmful resin breathed in. And NEVER compromise quality. Seek out well balanced strains, NOT popular dispensary strains that EVERY shop carries. High THC strains are fine, but do not hold a candle to Organic Home Grown, well fed, properly Cured and prepared Cannabis.

    Ultimately, I have to smoke in order to get a solid base feeling to eliminate the Electric shock pain, and the heat wave pain. Edibles are difficult to maintain if your gut health isn't stable, so some MS patients who are suffering from Gut issues like Diarrhea, should realize this. Tinctures would be better suited in those cases.

    Hope this helps anyone who chooses to read it. I am currently medicating under the premise that I have been suffering from an un-diagnosed Autoimmune disease for the past 18-25 years. I am finally getting my tests done, and they so far show I was right.. Unfortunately.

    I'll update when I get a final diagnoses, hopefully after my MRI. Cheers!

  • Thank you, Dr. Aaron. A regular cannabis user, Dx w/ MS in 1996, I think I'd make a great subject for you!

  • Smoked since I was a teenager and was diagnosed with relapseing remitting ms last year live healthy and smoke daily and am able too still work a physical job everyday and haven't relapsed since diagnosis

  • Can you discuss the drug Zeposia

  • You are a living legend Aaron

  • Thank you for the info. I'm watching your videos while in pain in spine and neck. Just came off aubagio because of all the side effects and awaiting my blood test results to see if I'm a good candidate for ocrevus.

  • My Mother used Marinol for her breast cancer…RIP Mommy…I use Cannabis for my MS and Pain..I Need my card for Medical weed but I'm in Virginia..I Need Help…

  • I’m glad I got see this video and give people hope Cannabis is the future of medicine.

  • I wish Idaho would legalize medicinal marijuana because I know Sativa has helped me but I had a friend from Colorado bring me a joint I have children and I will not risk it.

  • Thank you.

  • There's a lot of high CBD strains but I've been using harlequin and it has a 5 to 3 ratio and is helping me tremendously I tried a bunch of strains high in THC and some CBD but this particular strain for some reason works really really well. Love love your videos by the way I love how easy it is to understand what you're talkin about and you've really helped me a lot I appreciate it keep up the good work

  • Hello Dr. Boster and thank you for this very informative lecture. I just wanted to let you know that Sativex is also available in Spain for MS spasticity since 2010. I don't take it, but I know that it would cost about 400 euros, although patients don't pay for it because our healthcare system has it covered. Also, if you ask doctors about smoking cannabis they say that they don't recommend smoking anything because that's not part of the healthy lifestyle they want for their patients.

  • I often worry about what people are spraying their plants with, the same way I do with my food. 🤷

  • I was just recently diagnosed on April 11th of this year. I find your videos extremely informative and I subscribed and I can't wait to learn more knowledge from you thank you so much for doing what you do

  • There was a very interesting occurrence once I stopped using cannabis sir. I thought I'd share it with you so you have an understanding from an MSer who has first hand experience with it. Well the very first day I stopped was nice and I felt extreme clarity in my mind. I had to actually thank you here on youtube. But six days into not using any cannabis at all I started to feel super extreme fatigue. Oh my goodness sir I was literally shut down to where I couldn't think at all nor perform any daily activities. It was a gradual increase in fatigue as the days passed. I couldn't take it and just ingested cannabis again. As soon as It hit my blood stream the fatigue became totally manageable and I felt instantly better. I actually went to cut the grass because I felt so great. Oh but I paid the price the next day though and slept through my birthday. I believe the method of ingestion through vaporization leads to cognitive difficulties but the benefits were too great for me to stop. I'll just be careful with the threshold from now on and test my body to balance it's use. We just need doctors to be able to study this plant and it's benefits for multiple sclerosis to come up with a way to have a medicine that is totally balanced and benefitial.

  • thanks for sharing!

  • Hello Dr. Boster
    Thank you so much for your expertise.. I am newly diagnosed and still trying to work.. I am currently using copaxone… I would like to know from you or anyone viewing if CPD helps with numbness and or cognitive abilities?

  • Hi Aaron I'm doing a research paper on how medical cannabis can help MS patients, could you site your sources so I can look through them? And maybe answer questions I may have on the subject?

  • I looked into Sativex but discovered it was very expensive and not covered by my health care plan (Canada). I chose to Vape when I wanted it which is now not very often. I’m currently taking Gabapentin (600 mg 3 times daily) which I find extremely helpful. It completely solved my problems with spasticity. My last prescription was at zero cost.

  • I love watching your videos! I’m wondering tho, how cannabis is flushed out of your system. Does it effect a person’s liver or kidneys? It is now legal in SC to purchase CBD (only) oil that is heated and smoked. I have thought about trying since the winter has been so rough and I have gone a bit bassackwards bringing many spasticity issues. The long route of PT exercises & stretches will bring me ‘up to speed’. However, like everyone, I’m looking for a shortcut. Lol
    Thanks Dr B.

  • ~ *This guy just continues to surprise u every time.
    Well,he has done the work yet again…
    (as I find this very important ,for it doesn't apply to my self personallyas a m.s. patient. But I'd be a fool to not see how important it is to the whole world of the m.s. community.,)

    ~ As This just might be something U may want to write home about, as times are a changing, he has somehow just be able to find the very right note,to display just that.

    ~as the idea of greatness is very much displayed here,for it is sometimes how u make a patient or audience understand fully, n when it's a patient as a generization, I find that as important, especially for some of us, who struggled 4 so long, u have she'd a educational light 🌠, a beaken, where we have only seen a darkness in this disease for so long. And when it's a doctor who also benefits, well that speaks volumes. my opinion of course.

    ~I think we can all fully see and very much appreciate the transparent nature of the dedication displayed by this man, of this doctor. And to his many peers who sat in that room,

    I find it a honor to be blessed with this content, thank u to all who attended.

    Dr. Arron boster🌝

    you,thank u very much.


    DIVINE ✍️🐣

  • I take Marinol 10 mg 3 times a day and I can tell you from personal experience that the synthetic does not do near as good as the real thing. The pharmaceutical industry is forgetting that THC needs CBD to work properly. They both help each other. I also did the CBD oil but with the synthetic THC the CBD did not work as well. I think it is due to the fact the THC is synthetic so the CBD did not recognize it like it would the natural THC. The one side effect of Marinol is it can be 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside but you will be freezing to death. It helps the brain fake out the MS and heat triggered symptoms( I found that fascinating) so in summer could be a benefit to those of us that suffer from the heat due to MS. My heat related symptoms did not show up when I was at the stage the marinol caused the freezing symptoms. Interesting to say the least. But there is something about the Natural CBD not recognizing the synthetic THC. When I smoked the real thing ( back in my younger days of course lol) it helped me in more ways than the synthetic. Maybe something to look into as to why. Love the video very informative. I was diagnosed in 2011, after looking through my medical records the doctors came to the conclusion I had it when I was 23 or 24. All those years I was dismissed instead of being listened to. I had MS both sides of my family, I had Irish, English and Scottish heritage and other factors. I just wish this more doctors would educate themselves on the newest findings in MS, instead of going by what they were taught 20 years ago.

  • You sir are a life saver. Thank you for your hard work every single day. I have quit using cannabis altogether for my back pain due to this information you presented. My cognitive ability has been fully restored! I feel so much happier even though I am in pain now. It's a very good trade off but I do hope the future holds more on creating effective medicine using our cb receptors. I've tried many other pain medications and nothing came close to cannabis for some reason. Ah well..have a great day sir. Grace be with you always.

  • Thanks for sharing, great presentation! I laughed and learned 🙂

  • Appreciate you sharing, as always. Q: Before I ask my questions, please note that I am neither for nor against the use of a Full Spectrum cannabis for medical treatment. Neither am I a medical professional. My goal here is to educate myself. In this lecture, you spoke of clinic trials in which there was no comparative (please forgive any ignorant use or twisting of your eloquence) trial created between say, cannabis verses baclofen. My question is: When the FDA approves drugs such as baclofen have they been trialed against comparatives? My limited and the admitted ignorant knowledge of drug trials has always been that there is only a comparative between drug verses placebo. Could you address this, please, to increase my understanding of drug trials in general?

  • Dr. Boster, you are a ray of sunshine for all of us. I really found this presentation informative. Your lecture was clear and easy to understand. Thank you for allowing us to see it. …………. I appreciate your zest.

  • Thanks for your educational talks,I also watch you often on MS Views and News. Always consistent with supporting your talks with facts. I will not smoke anything just to nervous and I've read in some people it speeds up brain shrinkage. I'll ask in your next Q&A. Enjoyed this greatly!!

  • Thank you so very much for posting this lecture for us to see!! Very informative!

  • Dr B I was given the pills after 5 years of the doctors asking me if I wanted it. I finally gave in I got dizzy to the point of almost passing out and I was throwing up. I never got high in my life and this was a experience I never want to go though again.

  • The other day I posed this question to the members of my Women with PPMS group:
    IMAGINE: You have the opportunity to speak to a graduating class of MS Neurologists. What would be the most important advise you would like the to take with them from your speech?

    I have been really thinking of what “I” would desperately want them to take with them from my speech…

    ”Yes! Your time is precious! More precious than you can ever imagine. So too is your knowledge. Use them both wisely and with compassion. Treat each patient as if they were your child or your parent, for most of them will have or will soon loose that connection to communicate with family (for a multitude of reasons)as their nerves loose connection to communicate with their mind and body. Always remember that in PPMS depression is real, the journey is long, and they are looking to you to assist them on the way. Be there for them.”

    What do you think? Is this something you would share with a graduating class? I notice that this is a heavy topic for PPMS warriors who don’t have the hope that comes with remissions. Some have even said that they can’t even get in to their Neuro because they don’t have a DMT plan for their PPMS and they feel like they are left alone to suffer their symptoms.

  • Very well done and informative presentation Dr. Boster.

  • Hi Dr. Boster!
    Thanks for the information. I appreciate you addressing the
    topic of Cannabis. I have been taking a high quality CBD oil
    for my MS symptoms for almost a year now and it has
    literally given me a better quality of life. I feel like I have
    my life back!!!! 🥰 I will never be without CBD oil.

  • Thank you so much for this information. I live in Florida and have my medical marijuana card. I take indica (oil in a syringe) at night because it helps me sleep. Prior to the indica I would wake every night at 3 am and I was up the rest of the night. I still wake up (bladder issues), but I am able to fall back asleep. For me this has made a world of difference.
    I tried to take sativa during the day once and it was a horrible experience. It actually exasperated some of my symptoms. So for now, I will stick to only taking it at night.

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