Medical Marijuana is a scheduled drug and there are different federal as well as state regulations governing the use of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is a promising treatment for quite a few conditions and research is still being conducted. We will focus on the four most proven use cases.
Medical marijuana can be obtained in different forms and there are even FDA-approved cannabis-derived medication as well as manufactured cannabis-related drugs. According to the Mayo Clinic: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one cannabis-derived and three cannabis-related drugs: dronabinol (Marinol, Syndros), nabilone (Cesamet) and cannabidiol (Epidiolex)”
Laws regarding the use of whole Cannabis differ by state. Many states have legalized medical use and you will need to get a prescription for one of the approved uses as listed by your state.
We will focus on the four most proven use cases that medical experts and research agree on. Have a look at MedCards if you want to find a doctor in your area. You will need to consult a doctor if you are interested in any of these treatments.
1. Dravet Syndrome
The treatment of Dravet Syndrome is an approved use for medical marijuana by the FDA. It has been researched and proven to be an effective treatment. Dravet Syndrome develops in babies and is a very severe and rare form of epilepsy. Children with Dravet Syndrome will have severe and frequent seizures. Cannabidiol has been approved by the FDA for this use.
2. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or LGS
The FDA has also approved medical marijuana in the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is another rare and severe form of epilepsy. It usually starts in childhood and children have different kinds of seizures very often. It is again Cannabidiol that has been approved by the FDA for this specific use.
3. Chronic Pain
Medical marijuana has been proven to relieve chronic pain. One of the most promising use cases in this field is for cancer patients suffering from chronic pain. Treatment of chronic pain is the most common use of CBD. It is not very effective at treating severe pain, but extremely helpful for chronic pain.
It is also used in the treatment of nerve pain from MS (multiple sclerosis).In this case, it also has been shown to help with stiff muscles or spasticity.
As stated by the Harvard Health Blog, medical marijuana is a safer alternative to opioids and NSAIDS as it is much less addictive than these traditional pain relievers. For chronic and long-term treatment this is a clear advantage.
4. Severe Nausea
Related to the above use case is the treatment of severe nausea. The best application here is for the treatment of severe nausea in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Dronabinol and nabilone have been approved by the FDA as a treatment for severe nausea from chemotherapy.
If you suffer from any of the above or other approved uses as listed by your state, you should see a medical professional as medical marijuana might be a solution for you. Always check the applicable federal and state laws and consult a medical professional.