Marijuana In The Management Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


Carter GT; Rosen BS
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Neuromuscular Disease Clinic, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Marijuana has been proposed as treatment for a widening spectrum of medical conditions. Marijuana is a substance with many properties that may be applicable to the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These include analgesia, muscle relaxation, bronchodilation, saliva reduction, appetite stimulation, and sleep induction. In addition, marijuana has now been shown to have strong antioxidative and neuroprotective effects, which may prolong neuronal cell survival. In areas where it is legal to do so, marijuana should be considered in the pharmacological management of ALS. Further investigation into the usefulness of marijuana in this setting is warranted.



  1. Very happy to see this information! Was DX with ALS almost 10 years ago, that is a long time for those not familiar with with ALS. I live in Houston, Texas, and as the laws are here…..I can not legally take this medicine, despite the fact the best neurologist, say I should! I do hope I live long enough to see it legalized here, it improves quality of life in Texas too! Hope other PALS & CALS see this, and consider researching Marijuana, as an option for PALS!