Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Marijuana is widely used for treating different medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy, and other common conditions.

Research continues to provide promising results, and for that reason, many states have legalized it to be used for medical purposes. Studies also show that medical marijuana is an effective treatment option for patients with opioid use disorder, an epidemic that has ravaged the United States.

Below you will find an overview of the disease, common symptoms, and how cannabis can help treat those who are suffering with opioid use disorder.

Overview of Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder occurs from unadministered, long-term consumption of opioids, which lead to significant discomfort and impairments.

Opioids are prescribed to treat pain. With prolonged use, pain-relieving effects may lessen and pain can become worse. Prolonged usage of opioids often leads to addiction and dependency. Opioid dependence causes withdrawal symptoms, which makes it difficult to stop taking them.

Notable Statistics

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose
  • In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States
  • On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Common Symptoms & Diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder

Doctors use a specific set of criteria to determine if a person has a substance use problem. To be diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, a person must have 2 or more of the following symptoms within a 12-month period of time.

  • Appetite loss and changes in eating patterns
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Opioid abuse, dependence, and withdrawal
  • Opioid dependence in remission
  • Social issues
  • Weight loss

Medical Marijuana Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Research suggests that medical marijuana can be a viable substitute for opioids such as buprenorphine and other prescription drugs. Medical marijuana has been found to be effective in controlling craving behavior and addressing other symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nausea.

Additionally, CBD oil derived from hemp may be a viable option if further research shows proof of aiding the recovery process, as it has only trace amounts of THC, the substance which gives cannabis users a “high.”

How to Get a Medical Marijuana for Opioid Use Disorder

Given that marijuana is a controlled substance prohibited by the federal government, the possession of medical marijuana identification (ID) cards for the affliction is vital to avoid any potential civil and criminal penalties at the state level. The procedure for getting the card for marijuana usage is simple:

  • Patients with symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder will need a signed copy of the physician’s recommendation and proof of residency of the state can register online for an appointment to start the approval process
  • This involves a review of the medical history, followed by discussions, and an examination by a doctor to confirm his/her condition meets the criteria for treatment
  • Once a card has been obtained, the registered user can buy effective strains of accurately labeled marijuana products through state-approved dispensaries, and health clinics without any fear of facing legal issues, potential fines or jail time

Are you looking to get a medical marijuana card for yourself or for someone you care for? Contact us today at 888-316-9085 or info@cccenters.org.