The Best CBD Oils for MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Oils that may relieve the pain...
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on May 3, 2019

cbd oil for multiple sclerosis

Even though Multiple Sclerosis is a complex disorder that researchers have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause for, plenty of consideration has been given to the effects of cannabis – and specifically CBD – for the condition’s varying symptoms.

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In fact, the U.S. National Library of Medicine has acknowledged cannabidiol (CBD) as having potential for the relief of “spasticity in adult patients with multiple sclerosis (MS),” but due to its wildly varying nature and seemingly random flare-up of symptoms, multiple sclerosis can still be a horrendously frustrating disease to try and treat. No two people, as they say, are affected in the same way.

And though dozens of prescription medications are available (which we’ll talk about shortly), conventional drugs can be hit or miss in terms of their efficacy for any given individual. In fact, only about 1 in 4 experience reduced MS symptoms with a prescribed pharmaceutical treatment.

This is why in recent years, CBD oil for multiple sclerosis has come barreling into the limelight in terms of its potential as a viable treatment option. Increased marketing (as well as overwhelming anecdotal evidence) just in the past year or so has inspired thousands upon thousands of MS sufferers to ditch their prescription meds in favor of the all-natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

Likewise, high-profile entities like Montel Williams (who suffered severely with MS before resorting to cannabis), have been advocating for enhanced funding and continued scientific research of the drug. Even the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which traditionally has been a conservative organization, has jumped on board to advocate for legalized medical cannabis at the state level.

perhaps most shockingly of all, however, is the fact that the US government currently holds a patent on CBD as a ‘neuroprotectant’, citing its scientifically-proven ability to limit neurological damage from neurodegenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis is, of course, a highly neurodegenerative disease).

In this article, we’ll talk about how MS attacks nerve fibers and disrupts neurological pathways, and in what specific ways cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to physiologically manipulate and correct these pathways. While it’s certainly no cure or quick fix by any stretch of the imagination, CBD oil for multiple sclerosis is increasingly promising to be one of the more effective alternative treatment methods out there.

Multiple Sclerosis: What it is, what it does, and how people get it

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society defines MS as an “immune-mediated” condition in which fibers of the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves) are attacked by the body’s own immune system.

Once the nerve fibers are attacked, scar tissue begins to form, which interrupts crucial neurological communication between the brain and other parts of the body. This communication is vital for essentially every function in the human body – motor, behavioral, emotional, or otherwise.

The severity of symptoms that multiple sclerosis victims experience thus depends on the location of the affected nerve fibers, as well as how many fibers are attacked — and how often. In milder cases, symptoms may be as moderate as mood swings or muscle spasms, while in more severe cases victims may end up with paralysis and/or a complete inability to control bodily functions.

In terms of prevalence, multiple sclerosis is a relatively rare disease; it affects about 400,000 people here in the U.S., and about 2 million more worldwide. And while researchers are still in the dark as to what exactly triggers it, they have determined that women of northern European descent between the ages of 20 and 55 are most at risk (though thousands of men also suffer from the disease).

DID YOU KNOW: Multiple sclerosis is a rare disease that only affects about 1 in 850 Americans?

Additionally, genetics and family history seem to play an important part as well in the initial onset, as does the combination of being exposed to some particular “environmental agent”, though experts have failed to elaborate on what those agent(s) may be.

The good news, if there is any, is that contrary to popular belief the vast majority of sufferers do not experience overly-debilitating symptoms. Most, in fact, do maintain relatively normal day-to-day lives.

Also contrary to popular belief is the notion that multiple sclerosis is a terminal disease; while it is true that in some instances the disease is highly degenerative (meaning it gets worse over time) and ends in death, the average lifespan of individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis is in fact only marginally shorter than the average US adult lifespan.

Conventional (Non-Cannabis) MS Treatment Methods And Their Side-Effects

Multiple sclerosis exists in four different stages, or “disease courses”, and conventional treatments are prescribed depending on which particular stage the victim might be in. In order of increasing severity, the four courses are

  1. Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
  2. Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
  3. Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS)
  4. Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS).

Given the wildly “come and go” nature of the disease, though, and the seemingly random flare-up of symptoms, people have gone untreated for months or even years in many cases before being officially diagnosed. Once diagnosed, however, common prescription meds include interferons such as Avonex, Rebif, and Betaseron, and also immunomodulators like Copaxone.

Interferons work by lowering the number of white blood cells in the body, thereby limiting the “sources” of attack on CNS nerve fibers. Since white blood cells make up the immune system and are responsible for protecting against disease, however, these drugs can be dangerous and produce side effects similar to those of chemotherapy.

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Immunomodulators like Copaxone are generally considered to have less severe side effects than interferons, but these drugs have only been shown to be effective in about 25% of patients. Functionally, they act as “sacrificial myelin” during MS flare-ups, in which synthetically-produced amino acids take the brunt of the immune response, rather than the myelin protective coatings of the nerve fibers themselves.

When all is said and done, MS sufferers could likely care less what kind of treatment they take, or where it comes from – the only thing that matters to them is whether or not the medication is effective, and to what extent it allows them to live a normal life. Ultimately, those who seek alternative treatments like CBD oil generally do so for one of the following reasons:

  • Their prescription meds are ineffective
  • They produce too many or too severe of side effects
  • They’re too expensive

As it turns out, CBD may be a phenomenal alternative with the potential to negate all three of these factors.

CBD Oil for Multiple Sclerosis: Is it the Real Deal?

What’s so impossibly frustrating about the lack of attention and research CBD gets as a viable multiple sclerosis treatment is the fact that, as we said, the U.S. government holds a patent on the drug for its ability to limit neurological damage.

This simple fact can be considered in one of two ways. On the one hand, the notion that the cannabinoid is recognized by the National Institute of Health as a neuroprotectant is virtually a signed, sealed, and delivered acknowledgment of its ability to treat multiple sclerosis.

On the other, more sinister hand, some have said that the fact the drug is patented by the federal government means it’s highly unlikely it’ll ever get into the hands of Big Pharma. Superficially this might seem like a good thing, but at the end of the day all it means is that ‘conventional’ physicians and medical professionals will be unlikely to recognize it as a viable multiple sclerosis treatment.

Instead, they’ll likely just continue to push the risky, absurdly expensive pharmaceutical drugs which are backed by FDA research, federal regulations, and of course, multibillion dollar pharmaceutical corporations.

| “Will the U.S. Government’s patent limit the likelihood that CBD gets approved as a multiple sclerosis treatment? Only time will tell…”

At the end of the day, due to its all-powerful financial hand, Big Pharma will likely have the final say in terms of what’s going to be available in terms of treatment, and what’s not.

The fact that CBD oil for multiple sclerosis has shown potential to offer efficient and productive relief from the disease is irrelevant – if it’s not financially viable for the drug manufacturers, you’re likely not going to see the majority of physicians prescribing it. And of course, there’s nothing financially viable about a 100% natural plant that you can grow in your own home.

CBD, Multiple Sclerosis, and What you Need to Know

One thing we didn’t necessarily clarify is the difference in function between CBD and THC. THC, of course, is the archetypal marijuana component; it’s what’s responsible for getting us high, and is what has been the driving force behind generations of legal condemnation and “lazy stoner” typecasts.

CBD, on the other hand, has none of these psychoactive properties – it won’t get you any more ‘high’ than a tablet of ibuprofen will. Rather, the molecule functions as an “endocannabinoid supplement”; that is to say, our bodies are chock-full of 100% natural cannabinoid receptors that work hand-in-hand with 100% natural endocannabinoids.

If there is an absence or deficiency in the production of these endocannabinoids, the receptors will not be able to function properly. And it just so happens that the central nervous system is the region of the body that’s most densely populated with cannabinoid receptors – the same region where multiple sclerosis attacks nerve fibers.

Could, then, multiple sclerosis potentially be a disease hinged on a basic endocannabinoid deficiency? While no one can answer that question without years of continued research, much of the anecdotal evidence is suggesting that an uncanny relationship may exist between the two components.

| “Could MS be a disease hinged on basic endocannabinoid deficiency? Anecdotal evidence on CBD use has suggested that an uncanny relationship may exist between the two components…”

For the time being, at least, it seems multiple sclerosis sufferers will continue to have to rely on self-treatment methods, and, unless they live in a medically legalized state, will have to resort to “non-conventional” approaches in order to obtain alternative medications like CBD oil.

The impossibly comical irony of the federal government owning a medically-viable patent to CBD, while maintaining a Schedule I status on the plant that it comes from, is a discussion that will have to wait for another time and another place.

Whatever means an MS sufferer might have to go to in order to receive treatment and receive the parts of their life back that the disease took from them, though, is a decidedly small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.

Current Research on Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis

Believe it or not, dozens of academic and research publications have come out in recent years with regard to the use of cannabinoids as a potential MS treatment. Here, we point out five of the most relevant studies to date. But beware – the information contained herein may make you violently angry when considering the fact that the government has not pursued clinical trials for the use of CBD on multiple sclerosis.

Frontiers in Neurology 2017 “There is a wide acceptance of cannabis [use] within the MS community: up to 60% of PwMS victims currently use cannabis, and up to 90% would consider using it if it were legal and more scientific evidence was available.”
Issues in Emerging Health Technologies 2005 Sativex is a cannabis-based, FDA-approved medication for the “adjunctive treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).”
Neurobiology of Disease 2013 “CBD provides long-lasting protection against the effects of inflammation in a viral model of multiple sclerosis.”
Marijuana as a Medicine? The Science Beyond the Controversy 2000 “…nearly every participant in a 1997 survey of 112 regular marijuana users with multiple sclerosis [stated] that the drug lessened both pain and spasticity.”
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Cannabidiol 2005  CBD has been given a “standard marketing authorization” by Health Canada for use as a supplementary treatment for multiple sclerosis-related spasticity.

Our Top Picks: 5 Best CBD Oils for Multiple Sclerosis

As it turns out, not all CBD oils are exactly the same. While they all, of course, rely on cannabidiol as the active component, some specific tinctures have shown to be more effective at treating symptoms stemming from MS than have others.

While a full-spectrum cannabis CBD oil is thought to be the best option, these oils are often not available nationwide, as you typically need a medical marijuana license (MMJ card) and access to a legal dispensary to be able to purchase them.

With that said, there are a few companies that seem to be helping with various symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. Here are our top 5 favorite ones [with two extras that we had to throw in as “honorable mentions”]:

[It’s important to understand that these products will not cure MS, nor any of its symptoms. Rather, they may simply act to help provide a certain level of relief (due to the reasons outlined above), though this is by no means guaranteed.]

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  1. Finlay Cedar
    was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

    Been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015, and I was a woman of 50. They put me on Rebif which I took until 2017 and was switched to Copaxone. I had two relapses on Rebif, none so far on Copaxone. I do notice my balance was getting worse, and my memory, as well as erectile dysfunction and spasms’ had no choice to sick for other solution and I was introduce to totalcureherbsfoundation. c om which I purchase the MS herbal formula from the foundation, the herbal supplement has effectively get rid of my multiple sclerosis and reversed all symptoms. 

  2. Eleanor
    Good luck to all!

    Can’t say enough good things about Purekana. I live in CA (kind of rural) and it always gets to my home two days after ordering. Loving how they are offering new products as well, have been wanting to try the infused bath bombs for my post workout soreness. Good luck!

  3. Joshua Owen
    Purekana, I can't thank you enough!

    I am a patient of MS, and was on a wheelchair from the last one year now. It was not that my legs were not moving, but it was that they pained beyond my tolerance. I started CBD, the 1000mg drops from Purekana, 10 drops daily and now I am able to walk a little. At least inside the house I prefer walking now. A great relief to get off that chair for sometime.

  4. Henry
    Very useful!

    Thanks so much for this, gonna try and use this to help!

  5. Emily
    Look forward to it helping!

    Hope this will help me with my condition!

  6. Thomas J. Zabel
    Will tell my family!

    Didn’t know a lot of this, going to recommend it to my cousin with MS!

  7. Jackson
    Heard a lot

    I’ve heard a lot about this stuff. Is it worth it? Can anyone help.

    1. Heather Lee
      I love cbd

      my son has ms and cbd oil is helping him tremendously. Trial and error taught us that any cod oil that is hemp based does nothing for him. I currently have him taking a 28 to 1 ratio meaning 28 percent pure cbd and one percent thc. Baily was diagnosed and showed symptoms only 6 months ago. He has lesions on his brain and spine. His last MRI showed the 4 dangerous lesions are dormant and the other smaller ones are fading . He was only on anti seizure meds at the time along with CBD oil called Jaydens Juice and FSO (full spectrum oil) It is more concentrated than jaydens juice. It has stopped his tremors and kicks his migraines butt . it also appears to give him energy and lifts his spirts. Before Jaydens Juice he wanted take his own life. I learned cbd helps with depression and anxiety so no wonder he feels so happy. No high at all with Jaydens Juice and that is an added bonus. He is now the manager at his job and returning to college to be an engineer . I firmly believe jaydens juice is the reason for his success at this time. it is all natural so what do you have to lose. try it and hopefully you have the same results. I will remind you that hemp based products will not work long term. it will work for maybe a few weeks but hemp is from stem and stalk and has no value for the body and your nerves . Cannabinoids are on the fresh part of the leaf and that is where the miracles stuff is . please look up jaydens juice and Jason David , and his son Jayden . you will be moved by their story.

      1. Regina
        Thank you

        Thank you for taking the time to share I was just diagnosed with ms and considering CBD oil iam very happy for your son

    2. Oni
      I think so.

      I think so, especially if you have multiple health conditions. (e.g. seizures, multiple sclerosis, eye problems, racing pulse, high blood pressure, diabetes or diabetes risk, pain, etc.)

      Do your research. I take CBD, however, I am very finicky about additives. With that in mind, I tried CBD MD (3000 mg).

      Also, I just found out I cannot use coconut oil & choose to avoid MCTs. In that regard, I use Fruit of the Earth full spectrum 2000mg. I’ve also bought Diamond CBD isolate when on sale to vape.

      Where several medications have failed. CBD has provided relief. A little can go a long way; I will also check out Nano CBD in a bit. Kindest regards.

  8. JudithE
    Absorption is the key to effective CBD.

    What is important is not so much the milligrams (mg) in CBD oil, but the (mg) which are absorbed into the blood stream and thus used by the body. Check out website for information. I have MS and have used the PMB hemp oil for more than a year. with a host of improvements in walk, sleep, mental performance, and more. The MRI tells me that my brain and it’s lesions are the same. I can tell you that my functioning in most aspects of life has improved.

    1. Kaci
      Moms had MS for 30 yrs

      Awesome. My moms had PPMS for 30 yrs this September. She was diagnosed when I was 2 yrs old. I’ve spent my entire life trying to find anything that could help her. A few yrs back I met a stoner at work that made my mom a marijuana tincture and it helped immensel. Funny thing is that my mom was a big stoner up until she had my brothers and I, i rly wish she’d kept smoking because I think it would have drastically slowed her progression. Just sucks because one of the first studies on how marijuana helps MS and potentially stops progression was published in 1991, 2 yrs after she was diagnosed. If the study hadn’t been suppressed and hidden she might have mobility now but instead shes paralyzed from shoulders down… she loves to say “MS IS GETTING ON MY NERVES” 😅 haha Definitely ordering CBD oil the second im done here. Thanks for the info, its going to help so many ppl!!

    2. Adam
      Amazing to hear

      Stay healthy Judith

  9. M. Batte
    Give it a Try

    I have been using CBD drops for about 6 months. I have MS and have found my energy has increased, thinking with more clarity , sleep better and numbness in my legs has decreased. Don’t look for instant gratification. Took about a month or so for me to begin to notice the difference. Doc said it couldn’t hurt so give it a try.

    1. Lauren
      Best Brand?

      Curious…which brand did you use?

  10. Margaret James
    Good read

    I think there is a bit of missing info, but generally speaking it was a good article. Thanks

    1. Patrick R
      Good article but...

      I think that if you suffer from MS then most of these products won’t work. You’ll need a full spectrum product that is strong. That’s from my experience at least

  11. Josh R
    Just my opinion

    Really doubt that there is much difference here between any of these CBD oils. It’s kind of like getting the Aleve brand pain relievers compared to the generic Walmart version. As long as they have the active ingredient they’ll both work equally well

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