Pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription. It could be from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long-term condition, like glaucoma or nerve pain. If they live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and the doctor thinks it would help, they will get a “marijuana card.”
Doctors also may prescribe medical marijuana to treat:
– Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
– Nausea from cancer chemotherapy
– Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain
– Seizure disorders
– Crohn’s disease
The FDA has also approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea and improve appetite. It’s available by prescription Marinol (dronabinol) and Cesamet (nabilone).
Medical marijuana is not monitored like FDA-approved medicines. When using it, they don’t know its potential to cause cancer, its purity, potency, or side effects.
Only people who have a card from a doctor should use medical marijuana. Doctors will not prescribe medical marijuana to anyone under 18. Others who should not use it:
– People with heart disease
– Pregnant women
– People with a history of psychosis