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Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis can be an important tool in a symptom management toolbox and is now available in Utah by recommendation by a Qualified Medical Provider (QMP). For some people, it can be an amazing, safe, and effective option for relieving many acute and chronic health issues such as inflammation, nausea, depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, etc. as outlined in some of the journal articles below: 

 2018 Dec;93(12):1842-1847

 2018 Feb 1;22(1):8

 2018 Mar;49:12-19  

 2019;1162:151-165 

 Qualifying Medical Conditions (in the state of Utah)

– HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)  

– Alzheimer’s Disease 

– Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)  

– Cancer  

– Cachexia (weakness and weight loss due to severe illness or loss of >5% of body weight over 12 months)  

– Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment (except for nausea related to pregnancy)  

– Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease)  

– Epilepsy or debilitating seizures  

– Multiple sclerosis or persistent/debilitating muscle spasms  

– PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed mental health therapist 

– Autism  

– Terminal illness when the remaining life expectancy is less than six months or under hospice care  

– Rare conditions or diseases that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the United States and is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions  

– Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions 

– If a patient does not have a qualifying condition specifically named, they may petition the Compassionate Use Board for approval of their medical cannabis card. 

 

My approach to patient care is identifying the components of a diverse toolbox of options that is unique to each patient. 

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