More MS news articles for Nov 2001

Cannabis is better painkiller in trials

Nov 5 2001

THE WORLD'S first commercial trials of cannabis indicate it could be a better painkiller than conventional drugs.

Four out of five people with multiple sclerosis or nerve injuries have reported improved results.

They have been using a spray containing cannabis extract.

Patients describe the treatment as miraculous and extraordinary.

Dr William Notcutt has been running the trials at James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth since last year with Home Office approval.

The drug is sprayed under the tongue and works in 30 minutes.

Dr Notcutt told the Daily Mail: "The results have been encouraging. A lot of the patients have a better quality of life and that's what it's all about."

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