Medical Marijuana Use in Oregon

It was back in 1998 when Oregon passed Measure 67, allowing patients to possess, cultivate, and use medical marijuana. However, the legislation doesn’t mean that any patient can rely on cannabis for its medical benefits. Instead, it applies to specific health conditions.

Among these are cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, or treatment for symptoms of cachexia (dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy), severe nausea, severe pain, and seizures, including those due to epilepsy. Any other condition that isn’t among this list is subject to evaluation and approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

Last year, the health agency added two medical conditions to the list: agitation caused by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AD is a type of dementia common in the elderly sector indicated by impaired memory, language difficulty, and loss of personality, and medical cannabis is found to help decelerate these symptoms. Seeing a loved one deal with AD is especially difficult for some family members because at times, the patient’s memory becomes so distorted that they can’t even recognize their own relatives or friends.

Meanwhile, PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder typically brought about by an extremely traumatic experience, like injury or the death of a loved one. Symptoms include sleeping difficulties, lack of concentration, social isolation, and flashbacks (re-experiencing the trauma). Currently, there are ongoing government-funded studies to find solid evidence of the link between PSTD and medical cannabis.

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Posted on July 17, 2014, in Dispensaries, Health, Health Services, Marijuana, Products, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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