Medical Marijuana

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:

 

  1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  2. Autism
  3. Cancer
  4. Crohn’s Disease
  5. Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Glaucoma
  8. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  9. Huntington’s Disease
  10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  11. Intractable Seizures
  12. Multiple Sclerosis
  13. Neuropathies
  14. Parkinson’s Disease
  15. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  16. 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
  17. 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.

Medical Cannabis Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions