Marijuana Use Among MS Patients Raises Risk for Cognitive, Mood Problems

"There are some MS patients who are emotionally disabled from their disease, and if we can use cannabis to help them feel better about the world or life, we should," he said. "We need to always err on the side of doing what's best for our patients. And I don't necessarily believe there is a permanent damage to the brain, based on occasional marijuana use. If they're smoking 10 times a day, yes, there will be damage done. But this goes for excessive alcohol use, too. So, I think we're going to end up somewhere in the middle with this."

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SOURCES: Anthony Feinstein, M.D., Ph.D., professor, psychiatry, department of psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Marshall Keilson, M.D., director, neurology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Feb. 13, 2008, Neurology, online

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