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Illinois Board Recommends Expanding List of Qualifying Medical Marijuana Conditions

Illinois Board Recommends Expanding List of Qualifying Medical Marijuana Conditions

The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board of Illinois, made up of patients, doctors, nurses and a pharmacist, recently recommended expanding the list of medical conditions which may qualify a patient to receive a physician’s medical marijuana certification. The conditions were submitted for consideration via patient petitions, and 11 were confirmed by the board.

According to the law regulating the use of medical marijuana in Illinois, these conditions will be reviewed next by Nirav Shah, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Governor Bruce Rauner selected Shah for this position. If Shah approves the conditions, they will undergo a legislative rule-making process, which could take several months.

One of the conditions most pleaded for by patients was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emotional trauma from war or another event can be as debilitating as physical injuries. Veterans with PTSD report episodes of insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypervigilance and more. Many people suffering from PTSD have reported having unparalleled symptom relief from the use of cannabis.

PTSD is just one of the 11 medical conditions that an advisory board in Illinois recently approved for treatment through the use of medical marijuana. The board vote was undisputed to approve the plant for the treatment of PTSD. Patients diagnosed with PTSD or any of the other conditions currently under consideration could start receiving cannabis treatments as early as the fall of 2015.

The 11 recommended conditions are:

  1. Migraines
  2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  3. Chronic Pain (Post-Operative)
  4. Anorexia Nervosa
  5. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  7. Peripheral and diabetic neuropathy
  8. Osteoarthritis
  9. Polycystic kidney disease
  10. Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
  11. Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease

The 3 rejected conditions are:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Diabetes
  3. Essential Thrombcythemia with a JAK 2 mutation

Once the conditions are fully approved, patients will need a doctor to certify the use of medicinal marijuana is necessary before they are able to register for the program.

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