Study Underway To Test Cannabis Compounds For MS Treatment

A clinical trial called CUPID (Cannabinoid Use in Progressive Inflammatory brain Disease) is about to go underway after being able to recruit 493 people with multiple sclerosis to take part in the said study. The study takes place at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth and will be evaluating whether a compound found in cannabis known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.

The CUPID trial is said to be an important milestone in the study of the disease since it aims to find a possible treatment that will aid in slowing down the progression of the disease. Current treatments available for multiple sclerosis only aims to ease specific symptoms that are linked to the disease such as muscle spasms, fatigue and bladder problems.

The CUPID trial follows in the heels of a similar study done earlier called CAMS (Cannabinoids and Multiple Sclerosis) which suggested the link between THC and the slow down of MS progression. The CAMS trial lasted for a year with participants taking THC as treatment for their multiple sclerosis. The CUPID trail on the other hand would take about three years to complete, with the result of the analysis made available by 2012. the CUPID study will also be assessing the effect of THC on progressive MS.

"We are delighted to have achieved the correct number of patient participants for this trial.", said Prof. John Zajicek, head of the CUPID study at Peninsula Medical School. "Patients have been recruited from 27 sites across the UK. If we are able to prove beyond reasonable doubt the link between THC and the slowing down of progressive MS, we will be able to develop an effective therapy for the many thousands of MS sufferers around the world." It took the team about two years in order to gather and recruit the 493 participants who will be taking THC for treating multiple sclerosis for three years, with some possibly doing three and half years.

Source: The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. "Can Cannabis Compounds Slow The Progression Of Multiple Sclerosis?." ScienceDaily 21 July 2008. 22 July 2008 .

 
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