Cannabis is an ancient medicine, but after years of prohibition, many Canadians are curious about the new legalized medical options for prescription marijuana.

So to help answer your questions, we spoke with Bryan Hendin, president of Apollo Applied Research, and Gill Polard, marketing director for the Lift Resource Centres. Both Apollo and Lift run medical marijuana clinics with locations across the country. Apollo also conducts cannabis research, while Lift Resources Centres are associated with Lift News, Canada’s leading cannabis industry website.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Some jurisdictions maintain a master list of qualifying conditions that patients must meet to get a legal marijuana prescription. In Canada, however, the process is much more individualized: If you’re interested in trying prescription cannabis and your doctor agrees to prescribe it, you qualify.

“Many of our patients suffer from chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, cancer and insomnia,” says Hendin. “But this list is by no means exhaustive.”

In addition to these ailments, Polard notes that cannabis can reduce epileptic spasms and ease painful eye pressure caused by glaucoma. She also adds that “preliminary research… shows that cannabinoids can hinder cancer cell growth.”

WHO SHOULDN’T USE MEDICAL CANNABIS?
“Patients with a personal or family history of psychosis, a current or past cannabis or substance abuse disorder, and patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease are typically not prescribed cannabis, unless there are extenuating circumstances meriting treatment,” says Hendin.

Same goes for pregnant and nursing mothers, patients taking antiviral drugs or medications that slow the central nervous system, and most patients under the age of 25.

– Read the entire article at TheLoop

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