Marijuana is a controlled substance in many states, and although it is used widely in medicine, patients need to have proper authorization to poses and use marijuana at home. Marijuana extracts have been used in the production of various medicines. The whole marijuana plant is also used through inhalation and ingestion in the treatment and management of diseases and their symptoms. Getting a marijuana prescription from an authorized physician is a relief for most people who suffer chronic pain after other types of pain management techniques have failed.
In order to prevent the abuse of the plant by individuals who use it for recreational activities, there are strict criteria under which one can be eligible for medicinal marijuana. Marijuana can have some mind-altering effects, and therefore doctors are not prescribing it as freely as they would other medicines. There are specific steps they need to follow in determining who can use medical marijuana.
Proof of residence
You need proof of residence in order to receive a medicinal marijuana card or a prescription. You may need to provide identification and an address because medical marijuana is not legal in all states and there are legal requirements to be met if you are in possession of the plant. If you live in a country where marijuana is not legal, the doctor cannot give you medical marijuana.
Studies have shown specific medical conditions that benefit a great deal from the occasional use of medical marijuana. The eligibility conditions depend on the state in which you live. They include:
- Chronic nerve pain: Pain and spasms are one of the major reasons for prescribing medical marijuana to payments. Pain associated with the back, neck and spine are the top reasons for using medical marijuana.
- Migraines or recurrent headaches: Marijuana extracts act as both a physical pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent. They can stimulate nerve endings to relive mild and intensive headaches such as migraines.
- Anxiety and depression: Medical marijuana has been found to have great impact on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: Patients with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and Crohn’s disease can also use medical marijuana to relieve symptoms such as nausea, cramping, diarrhea and constipation.
- Glaucoma: Medical marijuana helps to relieve the eye pressure that often leads to loss of vision in glaucoma.
- HIV/AIDS patients regularly receive medical marijuana prescriptions to control the progression of the virus. Marijuana also controls symptoms arising from opportunistic infections.
- Cancer: Medical marijuana can both alleviate cancer symptoms and block the growth and development of cancerous cells preventing metastasis.
Not all doctors are willing to prescribe medical marijuana simply because its use is still under research and is mostly speculative. You need to find a physician who has successfully prescribed marijuana before and is willing to sign off on your documents. You can also go to medical marijuana clinics where there are approved physicians who can review your case and prescribe the product.
Dr. James Brown is an anesthesiologist who has been prescribing medical marijuana to his patients for the past few years. He shares his experiences working with the Rocky Mountain remedies through his blog.