The following document in 2007 clinical literature review on the pharmacology, therapeutic uses, safety, drug-drug interactions, and drug-disease interactions of medical marijuana are reviewed. Furthermore, the legal issues related to its use and the implications of medical marijuana for the pharmacist are explored.
The legal landscape surrounding marijuana is surprisingly complex and unsettled. As of 2007, in the United States, 11 states and several municipalities had legalized medical marijuana. Patients in states with legalized marijuana may make an appointment with a licensed physician.
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They will receive a diagnostic evaluation covered through insurance.
Then then leave with either a medical marijuana recommendation or prescription. However, if they so choose, patients using medical marijuana do not need to interact with a pharmacist. They may purchase from a local marijuana club or grow it themselves.
There are five general indications for medical marijuana. Some conditions include: severe nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy or other causes; weight loss associated with debilitating illnesses, including HIV infection and cancer; spasticity secondary to neurologic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis; pain syndromes, and other uses, such as for glaucoma.
Marijuana may interact with a number of prescription drugs and concomitant disease states.
Several states have legalized the use of marijuana for chronic and debilitating medication conditions.
Yet, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. The Food and Drug Administration, a federal body, as a result, is not involved in the manufacturing, labeling or purity of the products. This may raise concerns of potency and safety for many. Medical marijuana is overall well-tolerate and lowering dosage eases common side effects, like drowsiness or dizziness.
If you are interested in medical marijuana, you should consult your regional laws to assure you do not partake in illegal activity. You should also consult your doctor as they are best informed to individualize your treatment.