What are the most common qualifying conditions allowing use for Medical Marijuana?
Although most states now let patients access medical marijuana legally across the US, each state has a unique list of approved medical conditions that they have deemed appropriate for cannabis use.
The following conditions are among the most commonly approved for use of medical cannabis. If you’re looking to acquire a medical cannabis authorization in Jupiter, be sure to contact our office for an evaluation for treatment options.
Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
In Jupiter, Medical Cannabis has become widely recognized for its anti-seizure properties. The non-intoxicating cannabis compound called cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to significantly reduce seizure frequency—as much as 42%, according to a 2018 study. In June of 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a drug called Epidiolex, derived from marijuana giving the go ahead to treat two rare forms of epilepsy with the compound cannabidiol, also known as CBD, found in hemp and marijuana.
While research is still exploring the ways cannabis may treat actual cancer itself, most states now acknowledge its ability to provide pain management relating to cancer and chemotherapy, also including unpleasant symptoms as nausea, and appetite loss.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Some of the strongest advocates in the medical cannabis movement are patients with multiple sclerosis, as they’ve experienced firsthand the benefits cannabis has to offer. Medical Marijuana has been found to alleviate many symptoms associated with MS, including pain, insomnia, inflammation, muscle spasms, abdominal discomfort, and depression.
If left untreated glaucoma is a an eye condition that can lead to permanent damage in the eye. Scientists in Jupiter are exploring whether the active ingredients in Medical Cannabis may yet offer a glaucoma treatment. If the effects of cannabis compounds can be isolated, made to be long-acting, and the side effects eliminated, they may lead to new treatments in the future.
Many patients with HIV experience chronic pain that prescription medication cannot completely control. The very beginning of medical cannabis advocacy in the US was rooted in its ability to treat HIV/AIDS symptoms. Since then many states have followed suit and approved medical marijuana for HIV/AIDS patients to get relief from symptoms like; appetite loss, fatigue, depression and nausea.
For many suffering these debilitating diseases People suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s can get overall help with symptom management. Medical marijuana can help restore quality of life by improving cognition and mobility, relieving spasticity and rigid muscles, and more.
Although there are several different types of pain, many patients are approved here in Jupiter and other areas for chronic pain as a qualifying condition. Depending upon the specific type of pain you experience will determine which combination of relief you will need. It is best to discuss with Dr. Maldonado which methods works best for you.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a debilitating anxiety disorder where people often experience panic episodes and hypervigilance, in addition to mood and sleep disturbances. In the right dose, and most often with high levels of CBD, medical cannabis can ease PTSD-related anxiety. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help treat PTSD symptoms in even treatment-resistant cases. Cannabinoid receptors are located in various places throughout the body and brain, so both mental and physical symptoms can be altered with medical marijuana treatment.
Dr. Maldonado is committed to provide his patients with the highest quality and compassionate care, to restore function and renew their hope by focusing on effective marijuana treatments.
Contact our friendly office today for your evaluation so you can get relief!