Pennsylvania could see a drastic surge in medical marijuana prescriptions this August if the state approves this one ailment as a qualifying condition: Anxiety. Back in February, the medical marijuana advisory board approved adding anxiety to the list of qualifying medical conditions.. But ultimately the final decision lies with Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, who has been studying the ailment and whether medical marijuana could help.
Currently, there are 21 medical conditions for which people are eligible for a medical marijuana card. Of those conditions, the only mental health condition is PTSD. When it comes to treatment for anxiety, medical marijuana is quickly gaining ground in states like New Jersey and West Virginia.
Some conditions allowed in Pennsylvania are covered in other medical-marijuana states, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease. But Pennsylvania’s law is one of the few to cover conditions like opioid use disorder, or addiction. It was the first state to add opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program. New Jersey, Illinois and New York have since followed.
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