June 05, 2017
The majority (29) of US states have legalized therapeutic use of cannabis in one form or the other. Medical marijuana program of every state is unique with its provisions. For instance, every MMJ program has a different list of qualifying conditions. However, there are some medical conditions common in almost every statewide MMJ program. In this article, we will outline the most common qualifying conditions for the use of MMJ.
The effect of cannabis on cancerous cells is still being studied. However, it has now been widely accepted that medical cannabis relieves the severe side effects of cancer treatments. Chemotherapy takes a significant toll on the body of patients. Nausea, headaches, loss of appetite and fatigue are the most common symptoms appear during the treatment. Cannabinoid-based products with an equal percentage of THC are effective in alleviating the condition of patients undergoing chemotherapy. This is the reason why many states have included cancer in their lists of MMJ qualifying conditions.
Nearly every legal state has epilepsy and seizure disorder in their list of qualifying conditions. Medical cannabis has been extensively studied for its anti-seizure characteristics. Multiple research studies have indicated that CBD is effective in reducing the number of seizures by almost half. CBD-based products have become very popular in treating pediatric epilepsy as well.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease that affects central nervous system badly. The disease comes with a plethora of debilitating symptoms. Apart from epilepsy patients, people suffering from multiple sclerosis are also big backers of the legalization of MMJ because of its therapeutic benefits for the symptoms of the disease.
Insomnia, muscular spasms, digestive system discomfort and chronic pain are some of the excruciating symptoms of multiple sclerosis and MMJ medicines are known to reduce their intensity to manageable levels.
There are several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS for which medical cannabis has shown promising results. MMJ products are known to improve the quality of life by restoring mobility, cognition and other bodily functions affected by neurodegenerative disorders.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a severe type of anxiety disorder that is highlighted by sudden bouts of panics and hyper-alertness. People suffering from PTSD often complain about the ineffectiveness of regular medications. But MMJ products with high percentage of PTSD are known for improving sleep and temper of the affected patients. Veterans suffering from PTSD are the biggest advocate of MMJ treatment for the disease.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated in time. Even though there are still reservations on the use of MMJ for treating glaucoma. But MMJ products in non-smoking forms are getting the acceptance in legal states.
A huge portion of the US population is suffering from different chronic pains. MMJ products rich in THC and CBD are known to alleviate chronic pains.
HIV/AIDS and Wasting Syndrome are also included in the list of medical conditions of more than one MMJ program.
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