What are Qualifying Health Conditions for MMJ in AZ?

What are Qualifying Health Conditions for MMJ in AZ?

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Part of the process in obtaining medical marijuana in Arizona involves being certified by a physician as having a qualifying medical condition as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

While MMJ is not a cure for any of these conditions, it can be helpful in managing some of the symptoms. 

HIV/AIDS

The regimen of anti-viral drugs used to combat HIV infection has distinct side effects, including nausea and loss of appetite. This, combined with the wasting effects and neuropathic pain of AIDS, can be devastating to a body already under assault. Small doses of MMJ, usually inhaled, can counteract these effects, particularly with suppression of nausea and appetite stimulation.

Alzheimer’s Disease

The stereotype of a habitual pot smoker may be a forgetful buffoon, but for an Alzheimer’s patient, MMJ may help. Preliminary research suggests THC inhibits the growth of the amyloid plaques that cause Alzheimer’s, while CBD acts to prevent cellular damage and death.

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Neural and muscular degeneration are the hallmarks of this disease, along with secondary psychological conditions such as depression. However, much like Alzheimer’s, MMJ can provide antioxidant protection for neural cells (from the CBD), stimulate appetite and induce euphoria (from the THC).

Cancer

Between constant pain from the actual tumors and the multiple side effects of chemotherapy, MMJ’s benefits are almost too numerous to list.

Crohn’s Disease

An auto-immune inflammatory bowel disorder, Crohn’s can cause nausea, cramping and other gastrointestinal distress.  MMJ can certainly counter the nausea, but there’s some evidence that it also can mitigate the auto-immune response that causes the condition.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma involves two components: an excess of intra-ocular (IOC) pressure and damage to the optic nerve. MMJ can reduce IOC, but in doing also reduces blood pressure and flow, which can lead to more damage to the optic nerve. Patients with glaucoma should be very careful about the particulars of using MMJ to treat symptoms.

Hepatitis C

A potentially chronic viral infection, hepatitis C is normally treated with an interferon anti-viral regimen. Like many other treatments, this can lead to nausea and loss of appetite, which MMJ can counteract.

Other Chronic and Debilitating Diseases

Conditions such as cachexia (wasting syndrome) and severe nausea can be managed with MMJ, mainly as an anti-nausea medication and appetite stimulant.

Arizona Organix

At Arizona Organix, our friendly and experienced staff can help you find the best medicine to relieve the symptoms of your condition. In addition to the above disorders, marijuana can also be used to relieve anxiety and help with opioid addiction or obesity.

Please contact us for more information. We look forward to serving you.

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