Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona is among 15 states that have laws permitting eligible patients to consume medicinal marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions and terminal illnesses. Eligibility for a marijuana recommendation depends upon both type and severity of an illness, and all patients must first speak with a physician to determine if medical marijuana is the right treatment for them.
The state of Arizona permits eligible patients who suffer from any one of 12 specified “debilitating medical conditions” to consume medical marijuana. One of these conditions is Glaucoma, yet another disease which cannabis has been established to be able treat better than other medications when surgery may be too dangerous.
The prominent characteristic of Glaucoma is a dangerous increase of the fluid pressure within the eye. The effectiveness of cannabis in greatly reducing this pressure was demonstrated in a number of studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences.
Glaucoma is specified under the Arizona Medical Act because it has been proven to be an either equal or superior alternative to other drugs used to treat the condition, including Marinol. Marinol is the synthetic form of THC, an active chemical in marijuana, and one study found that delta-8 THC and CBN, chemicals found in natural marijuana, have been proven to be much more effective in treating Glaucoma than Marinol.
Despite its proven benefits, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has publically opposed the consumption of Medical Marijuana to combat Glaucoma, suggesting it could lead to the following (albeit general) side effects:
The Arizona Department of Health Services requires patients to speak with a medical practioner to recommend marijuana as a means of receiving a Medical Marijuana Card. Join the Arizona Hemp Center's community to get connected with a physician in your area who can recommend the drug and provide you with more informaton on its benefits.
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