Patients in Pennsylvania diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are potential candidates for Medical Marijuana as long as there are no contraindications:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intractable Seizures
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
- Sickle Cell Anemia
Marijuana is not without risks and it’s not very well studied so some questions about its safety still remain. The federal government still considers it a Category I chemical making its legal position very complicated. Please read our consent form for medical marijuana to further understand some of the known risks before you make a decision to try medical marijuana.
We believe as long as the benefits outweigh the risks, it is a good option. Nothing works for everyone, but medical marijuana seems to have the potential to help a lot of patients with a variety of conditions especially with chronic pain where the chronic opioid therapy is, by most accounts, of much higher risk.
Some of the less well known risks include:
- Although cannabis acts as an anxiolytic in low doses, high doses can increase anxiety and can elicit panic reactions.
- Chronic use may increase the risk of depression.
- Use of cannabis before age 18 can lower the IQ.
- Cannabis use in adolescence may increase psychotic symptoms later in life.
Here is an excellent presentation from D.C. Department of Health showing some of the risks along with reference studies.