Who may benefit from the use of medical marijuana?

Studies have shown that medical marijuana is beneficial for individuals suffering from numerous medical conditions.  In states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes, patients with the following medical conditions may qualify for a medical marijuana physician recommendation:

 1. Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or the treatment of these conditions.

 2. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

     a) Cachexia or wasting syndrome (severe weakness, malnutrition or weight loss)

     b) Severe pain;

     c) Severe nausea;

     d) Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or

     e) Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.

What types of benefits might medical marijuana provide?

Scientific studies have consistently proven that medical use of marijuana may mitigate the symptoms and effects of chronically ill patients.  Here are some of the most widely discussed benefits of medical marijuana:

  •      in the treatment of cancer to relieve the nausea caused by chemotherapy
  •      for AIDS wasting syndrome
  •      to relieve muscle spasms and tremors in people with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries
  •      to treat glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure
  •      to treat chronic pain
  •      for treating alcohol and opiate addiction, appetite loss, arthritis, depression and other debilitating mood disorders such as PTSD, dystonia, insomnia, menstrual cramps, migraine, nausea, seizures and Tourette’s syndrome.

Do different types of medical marijuana help different types of symptoms?

Yes, different types of conditions are alleviated by different types of medical marijuana strains.  Your caregiver or dispensary is a valuable resource for understanding the different types of strains available.  Additionally, you can check out the discussion on strains in our Forum.

Another resource for exploring the benefits of strains available in your area are compassion clubs.  Click here to be directed to our Locator Tool to find a group in your area.

We like this illustrated article by CNBC on the benefits of different strains, aptly titled “A Gallery of Medical Marijuana”.