If you or a loved one is suffering from Terminal Illness, you should know that medical marijuana is now available in Pennsylvania for treating symptoms of this condition.
Terminal illness is a medical term used to describe any kind of illness that is incurable or untreatable. People who have a terminal illness typically suffer psychological trauma associated with their diagnosis. Not only is the diagnosis devastating, but patients must learn to cope with the fact that their disease cannot be cured.
Compassionate Certification Centers is here to help bring relief to patients suffering from terminal illnesses through medical marijuana certifications. See below for more information.
An Overview of Terminal Illness
There is no set list of illnesses which are terminal. Patients who are terminally ill may have a single disease or a number of conditions. Some examples include:
- Acute Kidney Failure
- Acute Respiratory Failure
- Advanced Cancer
- Critical Illness Myopathy
- Critical Illness Polyneuropathy
- Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
- Heart Disease
- Hepatic Failure
- Kidney Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Severe Sepsis
Symptoms of Terminal Illness
Symptoms differ by illness, but many patients with terminal illnesses can face underlying challenges that negatively impact their quality of life. Whether caused by the illness or treatments, they can include:
- Anxiety Chronic weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
How to Diagnose Terminal Illness
The term ‘terminal illness’ is applied only after doctors have run out of every possible treatment option available. Many potentially fatal diseases can be treated if diagnosed in the early stages, but in many cases, patients consult their doctors after the disease has progressed.
Statistics to Consider
- Heart disease accounts for 23.5% of deaths in the United States
- Cancer accounts for 21.3% of deaths in the United States
- The cancers that have high chances of turning into terminal illness are estimated as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
Medical Marijuana for Terminal Illness
Patients with terminal illnesses often struggle with the traditional types of palliative treatments, such as opiates and antidepressants. While palliative treatments can help reduce pain and anxiety, they do not actually cure the disease, and often lead to other negative side effects. Medical cannabis, on the other hand, has been recommended as an alternative treatment option that many people with terminal illnesses have had success with.
Medical marijuana contains THC and CBD, which helps to alleviate anxiety, reduce pain, relieve nausea, and improve appetite. Compared to opiates and antidepressants, medical marijuana is considered a more natural treatment option with an array of advantages and very few side effects.
According to a study conducted by the University of California San Francisco, medical marijuana showed up to 95% decrease in chronic pain. In addition, there was a huge drop in opioid use when used in conjunction with cannabinoids.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Terminal Illness
Due to the seriousness of the disease, many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana for terminal illness. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get your medical marijuana card in the state of Pennsylvania:
- Register for the PA Medical Marijuana Program with Compassionate Certification Centers
- Have a physician certify that you suffer from a terminal illness
- Purchase a medical marijuana ID card
- Get medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania
Compassionate Certification Centers is here to provide you with the support, care, and guidance you need to get certified in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. Schedule an appointment with us at 888-316-9085 to start your evaluation process!