IOWA MIGHT ADD TWO MORE QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS
- December 17, 2018
Recently, Iowa made headlines across North America when it officially opened its first dispensaries on Saturday, December 2, 2018. As a result, patients flocked from across the Hawkeye State to get their hands on their beloved medication, which they had been waiting a while to get. Currently, each dispensary is in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Sioux City, Windsor Heights, and Waterloo, and, so far, the reaction to these shops has been increasingly positive. At this time, the State of Iowa dictates that patients must meet specified conditions in order to receive doses of marijuana, but, in a recent twist, officials have hinted that two more medical problems might be added to the program. Let’s take a closer look at Iowa’s plans for its patient list.
Lineup of Illnesses
Presently, 1,500 patients and caregivers (in total) have been licensed to buy medical-grade cannabis products in the State of Iowa. However, the patients themselves can only be registered if they are suffering from one or more debilitating conditions that include:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Cancer (severe pain or vomiting brought on by chemo)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) marked by severe spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Terminal illness with 1-year life expectancy
However, on Friday, December 14, officials from the Iowa Board of Medicine unanimously voted to increase this lineup. Based on reports, the two new conditions are ulcerative colitis and severe cases of autism.
On the Heels of a Study
Ultimately, this decision by the Board of Medicine was influenced by a study conducted by Adi Aran (director of pediatric neurology at Shaare Zedek Hospital (Jerusalem, Israel). As part of the investigation, Aran observed a group of 60 children and concluded that cannabis oil can be an effective form of treatment for particularly severe cases of autism. After a 7-month period, 80% of parents confirmed that their autistic children’s negative behavior had diminished, while 62% of parents reported that this detrimental behavior had wonderfully improved.
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