Updated on January 25, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
[Note: on Nov 6, 2018 Utah approved a medical marijuana program – as details evolve, we will be updating the information below. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more.]
Under Proposition 2 Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana include:
Utah passed Proposition 2 on November 6th, 2018. “The Medical Marijuana Initiative” legalizes Medical Marijuana for all patients diagnosed with a qualifying condition. If a patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, an approved and authorized Caregiver can accompany minors for Medical Marijuana Treatment. After being certified by a qualified physician and diagnosed with a qualifying condition, patients can apply for a Medical Marijuana Card. Proposition 2 authorizes Utah’s Department of Health to begin issuing Medical Marijuana Cards no later than March 1, 2020.
Under the current medical marijuana program, only patients who are diagnosed with epilepsy have a chance of getting cannabis oil treatment to relieve their seizures. The cannabinoid CBD can be very effective at reducing the length and frequency of seizures. In severe cases, epilepsy is debilitating and even causes brain damage.
The misfirings in the brain that cause seizures are of unknown origin, but they can cause damage. The longer the seizure goes on, the more damage brain tissue can experience. Cannabis relaxes the brain and stops the random and erroneous signal transfers.
People who experience severe seizure activity with epilepsy find it almost impossible to conduct their daily activities. There are often no warning signs that a seizure is about to start. Depending on the environment, a seizure can cause physical damage to the body. It may also present other dangers, like falling down the stairs or causing a traffic accident.
Cannabis therapy that reduces seizures can be life-changing for a patient with epilepsy. There are many other conditions that can be relieved by marijuana treatment. Hopefully, in time, the state of Utah will make this healing plant available to more patients.