Qualifications and Benefits of Medical Marijuana

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Obtaining Medical Marijuana in the area may be difficult currently but Dr. Charles Feicht is certified to help.

The State of Ohio Medical Board and Pharmacy Board have a list of 21 qualifying conditions for Medical Cannabis. Dr. Feicht, D.O./Muskingum County Coroner, said the most common qualifier is chronic pain.

“Under the guidelines of the State the pain has to be chronic, severe or intractable,” Dr. Feicht said. “There are a lot of people out there with chronic pain that is severe.”

Dr. Feicht said States with Medical Cannabis have seen significant decreases in Medicare D prescription drug spending across the board. When given access to Marijuana, those who use opioids for chronic pain decrease their use of 40-60% and report that they prefer cannabis.

“People who have access to Medical Cannabis use less antidepressants, use less sedatives, have lower rates of presenting to emergency rooms with opioid-related emergencies like a 25% reduction. So there are huge statistics that show clearly that Medical Cannabis can really help people,” Dr. Feicht said.

To qualify for Medical Marijuana, you must have a qualifying condition, consent from a physician and documentation proof. For the list of qualification, you can head to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website.

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