Patient Education

Qualifying Medical Conditions in Oregon for Medical Marijuana Cards:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease
  • HIV+/AIDS
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces one or more of the following:

  • Cachexia (a weight-loss disease that can be caused by HIV or cancer),
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures: including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy
  • Persistent muscle spasm: including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.

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Cannabis Research: Cannabis as Medicine

There is a long history weaving a unique and intricate web between humanity and the plant species known as cannabis.  The history of humans using Cannabis for a variety of purposes dates back some 10,000 years.  For more information on the history of cannabis and human use: http://www.advancedholistichealth.org/history.html
or http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_timeline.php

Cannabis has its roots in spiritual rituals, recreational intoxication and medicinal preparations.  It seems the earliest ancient writings of India and China document cannabis as a ritual intoxicant.  As history progressed, cannabis was found in tea and edible folk medicine.  Traditionally when using marijuana as medicine, it was not smoked.  Instead, marijuana preparations were swallowed or used sublingually as a tincture (Mack & Joy, 11).  In China, circa 1 A.D., marijuana is depicted in one of the world’s oldest pharmacopoeia texts recommending marijuana for over 100 different ailments (Mack & Joy, 14).  In India, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have used cannabis in preparations for thousands of years: this is still practiced in India today. Even here in the United States, before Cannabis prohibition took hold in the 1930’s, a person could walk into a pharmacy and purchase a variety of cannabis infused tinctures.  When drug prohibition took America by storm, marijuana use and cultivation was driven underground.  Nonetheless, many people remained dedicated to the proliferation of cannabis.  In 1996, California was the first state in the United States to pass Proposition 215, a medical marijuana law.  Over the past eighteen years, twenty states, and growing rapidly, (New York is about to join this list) plus Washington DC have joined in the legalization and regulation of medical marijuana.  In the past three years there have been over 6700 peer reviewed studies or reviews published regarding cannabis and it’s medicinal value.  “To date, there are over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature pertaining to the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, nearly one-third of which were published within the last three years” (NORML, 2013).  Marijuana clearly has medicinal properties that have been documented both in ancient writings and in the current scientific community.

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