Can Cannabis Help MS Symptoms? Here’s What Experts Know

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Dana Cooper, M.D.
January 23, 2023

Although federal law prohibits the use of marijuana, many states allow medical use to treat pain, nausea, and other symptoms. This means that in some states, those living with certain chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis, may qualify to use medical marijuana.

According to a 2020 survey of more than 1,000 people living with MS, 42% of respondents reported recent use of cannabinoids (compounds derived from the cannabis plant) to help with MS symptoms.

Perhaps you, too, have been wondering whether medical marijuana could be a helpful treatment for your MS symptoms. If so, be sure to talk to your medical provider and educate yourself on the potential pros and cons. Here’s some information to help you know what to ask.