Information on Patient Qualifying Medical Conditions

Qualifying Conditions as of June 23, 2017

Under the Medical Cannabis Laws for the State of Florida

 

(a.) Cancer

(b.) Epilepsy

(c.) Glaucoma

(d.) HIV

(e.) AIDS

(f.) PTSD

(g.) ALS

(h.) Crohn’s Disease

(i.)  Parkinson’s disease

(j.)  Multiple Sclerosis

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(k.) * Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated in (a)-(j) above.  Examples might include: Painful muscle spasms, Chronic low back pain with muscle spasms, Generalized Anxiety Disorder with or without Panic Attacks, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and related bowel disorders, Debilitating Headaches, Autism with disabling Anxiety Component, fibromyalgia, Dementia or Alzheimer’s with disabling Anxiety Component, nerve pain or neuropathies, non-parkinson’s tremors, muscular dystrophy or other muscle disorders if accompanied by painful muscle spasm.

*must send the Board of Medicine a documentation letter for any patient certified under (k.)

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(L.)  a terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification. (less than one year prognosis).

(m.) Chronic non-malignant pain, defined in SB-8a as “pain that is caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.”

 

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Proposed diseases to be treated by medical marijuana

 

Cancer

Medical marijuana increases appetite and reduces nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.

Article:

Patterns of Use of Medical Cannabis Among Israeli Cancer Patients: A Single Institution Experience

http://www.thblack.com/links/RSD/JPainSymptMngmt2015_49_223_Medical%20CannabisIsrael.pdf

 

Epilepsy

Medical marijuana reduces the occurrence of epileptic episodes.

Article:

The Case for Medical Marijuana in Epilepsy

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/epi.12610/full

 

Glaucoma

The research found that when marijuana is smoked or when a form of its active ingredient is taken as a pill or by injection, it does lower intraocular pressure.

Article:

Effect Of Marihuana on Intraocular And Blood Pressure In Glaucoma

https://www.420magazine.com/forums/blood-pressure/148139-effect-marihuana-intraocular-blood-pressure-glaucoma.html

 

Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Medical marijuana reduces the neuropathic pain caused by HIV treatments.

Article:

Smoked Medicinal Cannabis for Neuropathic Pain in HIV: A Randomized, Crossover Clinical Trial

http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v34/n3/full/npp2008120a.html

 

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Medical marijuana helps reduce nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss common with AIDS patients.

Article:

Cannabis Use in HIV for Pain and Other Medical Symptoms.

http://www.africanhemp.co.za/images/medicinal/download/Cannabis_Use_in_HIV_for_Pain_and_Other_Medical_Symptoms.pdf

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

By replenishing these missing endocannabinoids with those found in cannabis, researchers think medical marijuana can bring PTSD patients relief from their memories.

Article:

PTSD Symptom Reports of Patients Evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.2013.873843?journalCode=ujpd20

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Medical marijuana counteracts the effects of ALS such as pain, drooling, spasticity, wasting, and depression.

Article:

Marijuana in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11875440_Marijuana_in_the_management_of_amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis

 

Crohn’s disease

Evidence suggests that molecules found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant, may play a role in limiting intestinal inflammation.

Article:

Cannabis Induces a Clinical Response in Patients with Crohn’s Disease: A Prospective Placebo-Controlled Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23648372

 

Parkinson’s disease

Medical Marijuana activates receptors that regulate and reduce the effects of Parkinson’s.

Artice:

Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/epi.12631/full

 

Multiple sclerosis

Medical marijuana is effective in reducing pain and sleep disturbance in patients with multiple sclerosis related central neuropathic pain.

Article:

Randomized, controlled  trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tim_Friede/publication/7576991_Rog_DJ_Nurmikko_TJ_Friede_T_Young_CA_Randomized_controlled_trial_of_cannabis-based_medicine_in_central_pain_in_multiple_sclerosis_Neurology_65_812-819/links/00b7d5354f4c96fdf8000000.pdf