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Medical Conditions that can Benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana

Maryland is part of the Mid-Atlantic US and has many waterways and coastlines that span from the Chesapeake Bay into the Atlantic Ocean. Because of its abundant waterways, Maryland is famous for its fishing industry, with blue crabs being its number one fishing product.

Medical Conditions that can Benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana

Maryland became one of the US states that can dispense medical marijuana in December 2017. Residents who have a Maryland medical marijuana card can legally order medical cannabis for treatment purposes. However, not everybody can get a medical marijuana card, a person wanting to get a card should pass certain criteria and must have at least one of these following conditions:

Cachexia

Cachexia is one of the disorders where an infected person appears to be “wasting” away because of the extreme loss of weight, muscle mass, and body fat. This disorder is mostly observed in people who are in the late stages of life-threatening diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or heart diseases. Symptoms of cachexia include involuntary weight loss due to the inability of the body to metabolize nutrients properly due to the existence of serious medical conditions. A person who involuntarily loses up to five percent of his body weight in less than a year may be suffering from cachexia, especially if he has other serious diseases.

Anorexia

Anorexia is a disorder where a person loses appetite or interest in food. Anorexia should not be mistaken for anorexia nervosa, which is more of an eating disorder instead of a medical condition. With anorexia nervosa, the person is deliberately avoiding food to prevent them from gaining weight. With Anorexia, on the other hand, the loss of appetite comes from underlying medical conditions.

Wasting Syndrome

Wasting syndrome is similar to cachexia, where a person is losing weight and muscle mass at a rapid rate. Wasting syndrome involves the involuntary weight and muscle loss of more than ten percent of a person’s body weight accompanied by prolonged periods of fever and diarrhea.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that will not go away and usually lasts for more than six months. Chronic pain continues even when the causal injury or illness has already healed or gone away. Chronic pain limits the ability of persons to move around and reduces people’s energy levels. People suffering from chronic pain may develop emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, and anger, which may affect their ability to live normal lives.

Seizures

Seizures are defined as sudden, uncontrollable disturbances in the electrical signaling system between the brain and the different muscles of the body. Seizures can alter your behavior and movements. People who experience having more than one seizure are diagnosed with having epilepsy. Seizures can vary from mild to severe and may last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Seizures that last for more than five minutes should already be categorized as a medical emergency.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a medical term that is given to a collection of eye conditions caused by damages to the optic nerve. Most often than not, the damage to the optic nerve is brought about by abnormally high pressures in the veins and arteries located in the eye. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for older adults but may affect persons of any age.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental disorder that occurs when people get triggered to recall terrifying events that they have experienced in the past. The symptoms of PTSD include frequent nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety. People who have PTSD are legally classified as disabled and may have difficulty adjusting and coping with their normal lives.

The above medical conditions are some of the accepted conditions for a person to apply for a Maryland medical marijuana card. However, applying for a marijuana card is not limited to the above conditions. People suffering from chronic medical conditions other than those mentioned above may also apply.

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