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Medical marijuana is a plant-based medicine that is complex and requires a thoughtful approach from both the provider and the patient.

Is Medical Marijuana Right For Me?

Personalized education, dosing, and delivery recommendations are a key part of having a good relationship with plant-based medicine. There is no substitute for good medical advice from a caring medical provider.

92% of patients will use Utah medical marijuana for pain, based on research from Oregon users. Marijuana can be very beneficial to pain patients as it is synergistic with opioids, meaning it works well together and allows people to use fewer narcotic medications. Lower-dose narcotics are always safer for the patient.

Qualifying Conditions

How do I qualify for medical marijuana in Utah?

There are 15 qualifying conditions (26-61a-104) in the current Utah law that will allow you to keep and use medical marijuana:

  • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Epilepsy or a similar condition that causes debilitating seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
  • Nausea (must be persistent)
  • PTSD that is being treated or monitored by a licensed mental health provider
  • Any terminal illness where life expectancy is less than six months
  • Any condition resulting in hospice care
  • Any rare condition that affects fewer than 200,000 persons in the United States as defined by Section 526 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was something not taught in medical school. It was discovered in the late 1980s, as cannabinoid (CB) receptors were discovered. As it turns out, the ECS is found in all complex animals and functions to regulate homeostasis. It affects memory, digestion, motor function, immunity and inflammation, appetite, pain, blood pressure, bone growth, and the protection of nerve and brain tissues, among others.

The CB-1 receptor is found throughout the brain and when THC binds to it, you get the psychoactive effect or “high” feeling. However, unlike opioids, there are very few CB-1 receptors in the brain stem, which is why overdose does not cause breathing problems or death.

CB-2 receptors are less well understood and work in the immune system and many other systems. Together, the ECS is a system of balance, working behind the scenes to maintain homeostasis. This is why many believe that cannabis, at low doses, may become a much larger part of healthcare in the years to come.

There are two types of endocannabinoids that interact with the body’s internal system. The first is chemicals produced inside the body or endogenous endocannabinoids. Exogenous, or phytocannabinoids, are supplied from outside the body, mainly from the cannabis plant.

Both the endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids interact with the ECS to impact health and wellbeing.

Health & Wellness

Most people have preconceived notions about using medical marijuana. Follow the recommendations of your medical provider and start low and go slow. A mindful approach will help you develop a good relationship with plant-based medicine and all of its complexities. You can find out more about dosing considerations and priming your endocannabinoid system on our blog.

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