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Can I Use My Medical Marijuana Card to Access Cannabis for COVID-related Symptoms?
Marijuana as MedicineMore than 50 peer-reviewed medical studies have been conducted on the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis. The consensus that emerged from these studies is that cannabis provides profound medical benefits. While most of these studies have focused on the benefits of the specific cannabinoid CBD, other major and minor cannabinoids, in conjunction with terpenoids, show tremendous promise in treating both physical and mental ailments. This synergistic, or “entourage effect” has proven beneficial in modulating the human immune system, promoting cerebral neuroplasticity, and in emotional and cognitive modulation, including learning and motivation, appetite, vascular function, and digestive function. Many states have embraced medical cannabis remedies and have established pathways to accessing this alternative medicine.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical MarijuanaA state-issued medical cannabis card allows adults with certain qualifying conditions to purchase and use medical cannabis. Medical marijuana is still federally illegal but has been decriminalized or legalized in some states to treat specific qualifying ailments. Board-certified physicians can prescribe cannabis as a treatment and make recommendations to their state cannabis regulatory body on the issuance of a medical marijuana card. Medical cannabis applicants are required to provide written documentation from their health care providers before applying for a card. In order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card, applicants must suffer from one of the qualifying conditions established by their individual state. The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana cards vary from state to state.
The following are common conditions recognized by most states as qualifying for a medical marijuana prescription and card:
- Multiple Sclerosis or other neurological disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Severe nausea associated with chemotherapy or other difficult to tolerate medications
- Wasting Syndrome