Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis, also referred to as medical marijuana, has garnered significant attention for its potential therapeutic advantages. Dr. Matthew Hill, from Hill Family Medicine, emphasizes the importance of ongoing research to comprehensively understand its benefits and risks. Yet, notable advantages of medical cannabis, as observed in patients, include:

Pain Management: Historically recognized for its analgesic properties, cannabis can effectively alleviate chronic pain conditions such as neuropathic pain, arthritis, and migraines.

Nausea and Vomiting Relief: Specific cannabinoids like THC and CBD demonstrate promise in mitigating nausea and vomiting, particularly beneficial for patients undergoing chemotherapy or those with conditions such as HIV/AIDS.

Appetite Stimulation: Known for its ability to stimulate appetite, cannabis can be advantageous for patients experiencing appetite loss due to conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, or eating disorders.

Muscle Spasm Control: Cannabis shows potential in reducing muscle spasms and stiffness, particularly in conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injuries.

Anxiety and Mood Disorders: Patients often report alleviation of symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and PTSD with cannabis usage, although responses vary individually.

Seizure Control: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, among other treatment-resistant epilepsies, have shown improvement with the use of medical cannabis, particularly CBD-rich strains.

Inflammation Reduction: Cannabis-derived cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially beneficial in conditions characterized by inflammation, including arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Neuroprotection: Research suggests cannabinoids may offer neuroprotective benefits, potentially aiding in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Sleep Aid: While effects may vary, cannabis may enhance sleep quality and duration for some individuals.

It’s crucial to recognize that the efficacy of medical cannabis varies based on individual factors such as the specific condition, type, and dosage of cannabis used. Additionally, Dr. Hill underscores the importance of considering potential risks, including side effects, medication interactions, and the risk of dependency or misuse.

The Compassionate Use Program, initially limited to patients with intractable epilepsy, now extends its support to individuals with various conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, PTSD, and others. To explore further or discuss personalized treatment options, individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew Hill at Hill Family Medicine.