It has been a slow and somewhat tumultuous ride for Las Vegas medical marijuana businesses. Many patients that could be helped from cannabis have had to delay taking advantage of the medical uses for cannabis. When faced with debilitating diseases and symptoms, it has not been an easy wait.
Nevertheless, as 2015 closes, some medical marijuana dispensaries are doing business and many more plan to open their doors in 2016.
According to DPBH, as of December 16, 2015 there are nine Southern Nevada Certified medical marijuana open dispensaries.
From our article, Nevada Medical Marijuana Laws Updates and Information.
As cultivators and dispensaries begin to serve medical marijuana patients, it is important to know what Nevada deems as qualifying conditions.
Nevada’s Qualifying Conditions for Medical Uses for Cannabis
Nevada has a definitive list of the qualifying conditions. They include:
- Severe pain or nausea
- PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Persistent muscle spasms or seizures
- Other conditions are subject to approval
In our 8 part series we will cover each condition. Part 1 begins with cancer.
Cancer and Cannabis
There is much debate over how cannabis helps cancer patients. Some claim that it is a cure while others believe its purpose is to relieve symptoms. Let’s be perfectly clear here, according to the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis as a treatment for any medical condition, including cancer.
Relieving the symptoms that come with cancer and cancer treatments is one of the most incredible medical uses for cannabis. There have been many studies over the years that indicate pain relief can be had from medical marijuana.
Most cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, are powerful poisons that attack the cancer cells. Symptoms from the treatments include nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. This is where the medical uses for cannabis play a significant role. Nausea and vomiting is quickly eliminated from many patients making treatment much more tolerable. The increase in appetite brought on by marijuana helps keep weight on patients – helping to make them more healthy and possibly raising their immunity.
The Cannabis and Cancer Cure Debate
Although it is well known about medical uses for cannabis that include helping symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment, it is a much larger debate about cannabis actually curing cancer.
As the government allows more cancer and cannabis studies, we can expect to learn more and perhaps make the answers known about whether curing cancer can be included as one of the medical uses for cannabis.
An encouraging sign can be found on the American Cancer Society website.
…scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes.
As time marches on and more cancer patients benefit from the medical uses for cannabis and more studies are completed, we will surely know more about how cancer patients can be helped by medical marijuana.