GeneFo Guide Explains How Medical Cannabis Can Help MS Patients

GeneFo Guide Explains How Medical Cannabis Can Help MS Patients

More studies are showing that medical cannabis can alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a company that helps patients, doctors and others understand genetic conditions better.

The observation came in GeneFo’s 2018 Guide to Clinical Effects of Medical Cannabis.

Some research has suggested that cannabis strains containing cannabidiol (CBD) levels equal to or higher than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can help MS patients with muscle spasticity and pain. Other studies indicate that cannabis can help MS-related gastrointestinal problems, including constipation and difficulty with digestion.

Medical cannabis can also improve sleep quality and even vision, studies have indicated. They suggest that cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce inflammation of the optic nerve.

Despite evidence of benefits, GeneFo is concerned that cannabis is not yet legally approved for medical purposes in all states, which restrains access to treatments that could help MS patients.

The aim of the guide is to better inform patients about medical cannabis, including offering them help to navigate the legal and health systems.

In medical cannabis states, a person with a qualifying condition needs a physician’s recommendation to obtain  authorization to visit dispensaries and buy cannabis products.


As of March 2018, MS waslisted as a qualifying condition in 18 U.S. states. An additional 18 states don’t list MS as a qualifying condition but do list MS symptoms like nausea, muscle spasms and pain.

“The growing number of states that qualify MS or its symptoms for the medical use of cannabis is great news for patients,” Neer Ziskind, GeneFo’s chief executive officer, said in a press release.

“However, the process of getting a card approval is not smooth in most states, and requires gathering information and documents, clinical certifications, and administrative forms,” he said. “To assist patients and caregivers that don’t always have the time or energy, we put together a comprehensive state-by-state guide, updated to March 2018, with relevant information on patient rights, application checklist, FAQ’s, crucial links and forms to download, important tips on how you should prepare for your doctor’s visit, and lists” of medical marijuana doctors.

In states where MS is not considered a qualifying condition, the GeneFo guide offers advice on making an application based on qualifying symptoms such as spasticity and pain.

“We trust that this free resource will help more MS patients secure an additional therapeutic avenue and improve their daily living,” Ziskind said.

There is no consensus in the medical community about the use of medical cannabis, despite evidence of its benefits mounting.

In February, a study reported that medical cannabis could safely and significantly reduce chronic pain in older people with MS and a wide range of other conditions.

Most patients reported improvements in their condition, with 93.7 percent reporting a significant decrease in pain six months after starting treatment. About 60 percent of respondents reported an improved quality of life.

Also, this month the American TV personality Montel Williams announced he would speak at the 5th annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York City, May 30 to June 2, to discuss medical cannabis legalization.

Williams, who has MS, is a prominent medical cannabis advocate and the owner of LenitivLabs, a company he started to develop high-quality cannabis products.


  1. I live in Kentucky it is not legal yet here for medical purposes. I know personally, that does help people who have MS yet if you use it here you get looked down on by the medical profession. I want to know if the CBD oil helps like the plant does.

  2. I know that this helps people with MS but it is not legal here for medical use and you are looked down on by the medical community for using it. I would like to know if the CBD oil is as helpful as the plant.

  3. Melinda says:

    I am diagnosed with multiple sclerosis MS, I was in wheel chair. Yes Was started smoking medical marijuana and wow look at me now walking. Praise the Lord.

  4. Glenda says:

    After multiple links and submitting an extraordinary amount of personal information, I still couldn’t find “2018 Guide to clinical effects of medical Cannabis” – this was an intensely irritating waste of time.

  5. JUne Turnbull says:

    I have tried “legal Cannabis” both as a pill from a health shop and as a drop on the tongue from Holland and Barratt neither gave me any relief not too sure if I didn’t take it for long enough but it is VERY expensive to use for long term. I have no intentions of using “illegal Cannabis” This was just about the last thing I have taken after 42years of living with MS you’d think someone would have come up with something but I get passed around the county without anything that helps Not the neurologist, the pain clinic doctors, psycologists. the MS Nurse or even the “alternative medicines. What are your thoughts on the latest treatment with “cancer” treatment?

  6. George says:

    I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011 and I have taken handfuls of pills different kinds gabapentin and many others I am currently on and have been on and Copaxone for 7 years and the first three and a half years I had to inject 20 ml everyday and 3 years ago they came up with the 40 ml injections and you do them three times a week and it has slow down the progression of the lesions in my brain but I still have pain and headaches and numerous other pains daily and I think the kopacz and has slowed it down but I take so many pills everyday like 17 pills a day and I’m looking to try to get off all the pills or at least some of them and try the medical marijuana specifically for multiple sclerosis and I think I’m going to ask my neurologist I have an appointment next month and I’m going to ask him about it and see what he thinks if you have MS you know what I’m talking about my leg is starting to go out worse I have more pain and I’m having a hard time sleeping because of all the medication that I’ve been taking and I think that it will help my sleep pattern and take some of the pain away and I have children that are 10 and 12 and I would never do it around them I would just use it at night time so I could sleep and have actual good sleep not drug-induced sleep let me know what you think

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