Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should Marijuana Be Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis?

Friday, 16 Apr 2010 09:03 AM

Question: My son has multiple sclerosis. He is in a great deal of pain and asked me about taking medicinal marijuana. What is your opinion?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

My feelings are mixed regarding medicinal marijuana. In Canada, prescriptions for medicinal marijuana are encouraged. In the U.S., physicians run the risk of breaking laws and being disciplined.

Terminal illness is a reasonable reason to use drugs such as marijuana for the relief of nausea and pain. With rare exceptions, I do not regard multiple sclerosis (MS) as a terminal illness sufficient to recommend marijuana use. I believe that early and aggressive disease modifiers may be the correct direction for MS treatment.



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