Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is a natural medicine that has been used for many years to treat various medical conditions. The therapeutic effects of cannabis have been documented in ancient texts and traditional medicines from cultures around the world, including India, China, and Egypt. Medical cannabis has also been found to be useful in modern medicine due to its ability to reduce symptoms associated with some chronic illnesses and diseases.

Medical cannabis usually comes in the form of either dried flower buds or concentrated oils. The cannabinoids in cannabis, such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are responsible for its therapeutic effects. Medical cannabis is used to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Cannabis has been shown to be more effective than traditional medications in treating some medical conditions. It is especially useful for reducing chronic pain and inflammation due to its ability to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. This system helps regulate many of the body's functions, including sleep, appetite, mood, inflammation, and immune system response.

When taking medical cannabis, it is important to use it responsibly and with caution. Cannabis can be addictive when taken in high doses, so it should not be used as a replacement for traditional medications without first consulting with a doctor. In addition, people who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions should not take cannabis without first consulting their doctor.

Qualifying conditions under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act are listed below:

  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
    • Pregnancy
    • Cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome
    • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
  • Autism
  • A terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
  • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
  • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
  • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions
  • A condition that the compassionate use board approves (once established) on a case-by case basis

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