An Introduction to the Medical Uses of Marijuana

Guidance from Medical Marijuana Lawyers in Los Angeles, California

Over the past several years, the medical benefits of marijuana have become more widely accepted, both in the medical community and in the country as a whole. Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States use medical marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, and dispensaries and related businesses are opening up across the country. Shevin Law Group has years of experience in this unique area of the law, and has become an authority on the various issues related medical use and legal cannabis business operations. Our Los Angeles legal team can answer your questions about medical marijuana.

Therapeutic Medical Marijuana Uses

Medical marijuana is cannabis used specifically to treat pain or other symptoms associated with chronic health conditions. Cannabis is known to provide therapeutic effects, including pain relief, nausea control, appetite stimulation, anxiety reduction, muscle spasticity, seizures and any condition where cannabis provides relief.

Over time, many therapeutic uses for medical marijuana have been accepted, and it is most commonly recommended for the following conditions:

  • Autoimmune disorders. Some autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, cause muscle spasms and nerve pain that can be alleviated by medical marijuana. In addition, some sufferers of Crohn’s disease have found that marijuana use relieves their chronic abdominal pain.
  • Cancer and HIV/AIDS. Medical marijuana’s appetite-stimulating properties can be helpful for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients who suffer from poor appetite and weight loss. In addition, the nausea commonly associated with chemotherapy treatments may be alleviated with medical marijuana use.
  • Glaucoma, migraines and arthritis. Marijuana has been found to reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eyes of glaucoma sufferers. Those who suffer from chronic pain associated with migraines and arthritis have also reported relief through medical marijuana use.
  • Seizure disorders. Many people with seizure disorders have reported reduced seizure activity with the use of medical marijuana.

Approval for Medical Marijuana Use

In Los Angeles and throughout the state of California, seriously ill residents are permitted to use medical marijuana as a result of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. In 2003, the Medical Marijuana Program Act was passed by the state legislature, expanding medical marijuana uses in collective and cooperative settings. This opened the doors for entrepreneurs to explore opportunities related to medical marijuana business formation.

For patients to be approved for medical marijuana use, a physician must give an appropriate examination and verify they have a a condition where medical marijuana provides relief. The physician must also develop a treatment plan with clear objectives, discuss medical marijuana’s possible side effects with the patient and conduct periodic checkups to ensure the treatment is effective. To avoid possible legal complications or investigations, the physician should also keep detailed records that support the decision to recommend medical marijuana use.

Speak with a skilled Los Angeles County attorney today

Do you have more questions about the legal issues related to medical marijuana in California? Don’t hesitate to call Shevin Law Group at 818.784.2700, or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations and flexible office hours for your convenience. Our office is easily accessible from all major freeways in the Los Angeles area.