The 17 Conditions of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program will provide access to medical marijuana for patients with a serious medical condition through a safe and effective method of delivery that balances patient need for access to the latest treatments with patient care and safety. Here is a deeper look at those 17 serious medical conditions:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis AKA ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a degenerative neurological disorder causing muscle weakness, wasting and paralysis of the limbs. Cannabis also has properties applicable to symptom management of ALS. Based on the currently available scientific data, cannabis may significantly slow the progression of ALS, prolong life expectancy in addition to relieving many of the disease’s devastating symptoms
Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its symptoms include impaired communication and social skills, along with compulsive and repetitive behaviors. Researchers have found a potential link between autism and cannabinoid receptors, particularly cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2), within the endocannabinoid system. These CB2 receptors are the same ones that the cannabinoids found in cannabis act upon. These findings regarding the CB2 receptors support the theory that autism could be caused by a disruption of the brain’s ability to send clear signals and in turn raises the possibility that using cannabinoids found in cannabis can restore communication to allow for proper cell function and communication.