Due to strict laws and regulations, many states only provide medical marijuana to patients who have certain qualifying conditions. In Connecticut, these rules are no different, and you must visit a doctor who can certify your condition before you can legally purchase cannabis.
Here are five common qualifying conditions that Connecticut has certified for the use of medical marijuana.
Cerebral palsy is a congenital medical disorder that affects a person’s movement, muscle tone, and posture. It usually occurs due to abnormal brain development in the womb or during labor. Symptoms of this condition may include stiff or weak muscles, severe seizures, poor coordination, tremors, or involuntary movements.
Medical marijuana may provide a number of benefits for cerebral palsy patients. First, cerebral palsy often causes pain in the legs, lower back, hips, and other areas, and studies show medical cannabis can effectively reduce this pain.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes harm to the digestive tract lining, and may lead to life-threatening complications. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
Medical marijuana may provide pain relief, reduce nausea, and stimulate appetite, helping Crohn’s disease patients avoid unintentional weight loss. Some studies suggest that marijuana may reduce Crohn’s disease inflammation, but more research is needed.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that causes the immune system to break down nerves’ protective coverings, leading to a disruption in the communication between the brain and the body. Multiple sclerosis symptoms include pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination.
In particular, medical marijuana can help reduce the severe, chronic pain that many multiple sclerosis patients suffer from daily. Medical cannabis may also reduce the muscle spasms that are also common with this condition.
Severe rheumatoid arthritis causes serious inflammation, affecting joints as well as the blood vessels, skin, eyes, lungs, and heart. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and pain
While medical cannabis cannot be a substitute for any treatment program, adding it to a rheumatoid arthritis regimen could be beneficial, according to recent studies. Medical marijuana reduces pain, which can provide significant relief for patients. Cannabis may also help partially reduce inflammation, and may be a good addition to a rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan.
Fibromyalgia is another disorder characterized by widespread pain. This condition often leads to muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue, and a host of other mental health symptoms, including issues with memory, sleep, and mood.
Medical marijuana may help relieve some of these symptoms. Cannabis can help reduce chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients, improving their quality of life. In addition, it could provide short-term sleep improvement.
If you need assistance applying for your Connecticut medical marijuana card, the Sanctuary Wellness Institute can help. Our friendly staff members are available to connect you with a certified Connecticut physician who can evaluate your qualifying condition and approve you for medical cannabis use.