14 May 2002
After Dutch researchers reported disappointing results of cannabis extract capsules used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a British scientist has revealed that he is still optimistic that researchers will succeed in developing an effective multiple sclerosis treatment from cannabis.
Dr William Nottcutt, of the James Paget Hospital in Kings Lynn, has discounted the findings of a Dutch study. The scientists gave 16 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients the cannabis extract tablets but found no clear benefits.
Dr Nottcutt, who is leading his own study of the capsules, believes these disappointing results will prove exceptional. "This is one study among dozens being conducted into MS," Dr Nottcutt told BBC News Online.
"I have many patients on my trials coming back saying cannabis has improved their quality of life."