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Cannabis has been frequently employed for the treatment of symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). According to patient surveys, which symptoms are alleviated by cannabis use?

In one survey from the UK, 75% of 337 surveyed patients responded. Among responders, 68% had used cannabis with 12% using it contemporaneously for symptom relief, with pain and spasm the most common reason, and 71% indicating that they would employ it if available on prescription. A survey of 112 MS patients in the USA and UK smoking cannabis revealed subjective reported response rates, maximal with spasticity at 97% > limb pain> acute paroxysms > tremor > emotional issues > anorexia/weight loss > fatigue > diplopia > sexual dysfunction > bowel/bladder dysfunction > visual dimming > ambulatory impairment and least with memory loss at 30%.