Williamson, of the School of Pharmacy, London,
said she had found using the whole herb was as
effective as an extract at tackling MS symptoms
such as spasticity, but worked faster.
Much work has already been carried out on a
cannabis ingredient, or cannabinoid, called THC,
but Dr Williamson said she wanted trials on the
whole plant extended.
According to Dr. Williamson, multiple sclerosis
sufferers find the herb gives a great deal of
relief and there is a need to know whether it is
actually the whole herb which is better than
taking the isolated cannabinoids out of it. It has
been found that using a plant extract can actually
get a better result than if a pure THC is used.
THC is known to work, but the herb does work
better and it is not known whether there is
actually something in there that is much more
Dr Williamson presented her findings to a
symposium on cannabinoids as a medicine at the
Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in London.
Legalisation Earlier this month the House of
Lords select committee on science and technology
published a report, which calls for cannabis to be
regarded in the same way as any other potential
The beginning of the year also saw a major
clinical trial begin in London, with another due
to start in the city later this month.
It will be investigating the therapeutic effect
of cannabis and cannabinoids for the conditions of
post-operative pain and spasticity in patients
Acccording to Ms Clare Hodges, from the
Alliance of Cannabis Therapeutics, cannabis was
vital to help alleviate the symptoms of her MS.
She has been using the drug regularly and finds
it works better than any prescription drugs.
According to her, on the day to day basis
general quality of life is improved and as well as
relieving the physical problems it seems to be
psychologically beneficial. There is no need to
get high or stoned for it to improve the mood of a
person in the way that anti-depressants are
supposed to, but often don't.