Pennsylvania, like every other state in America, has people suffering from various ailments. Not all of these people can treat their conditions with pharmaceutical drugs, or don’t want to because pharmaceuticals drugs can be harmful. These people would benefit greatly if Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. It sounds like many doctors in Pennsylvania are on board with it. I just read an interesting article about medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It included the following quote from a doctor named Jason Bundy, who works for the Center for Pain Control:
It is well known among pain management physicians that there are few good options to treat nerve dysfunction (neuropathic) pain….The relevant literature suggests that cannabis can prove more effective in treating neuropathic pain than using higher dose opioids – all while incrementally decreasing the risk posed to patients. Therefore, I am cautiously optimistic that cannibinoid products may help a certain subset of appropriately selected chronic pain patients.
The fact that the federal drug enforcement agency (DEA) still lists cannabis as a schedule I substance (i.e. no accepted medical use / high abuse potential) troubles me though. Assuming Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182 passes, I plan to educate myself more on the subject, focus on best practice consensus guidelines and be guided by the anesthesiology adage… start low and go slow… in my practice and for each patient that may receive a cannabis prescription with my DEA number on it.
There are quotes from other doctors in the article, both for and against medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. I encourage you to check it out if you live in Pennsylvania. Some of the anti-medical marijuana doctors need to do some research. I’m hopeful that Pennsylvania’s Legislature passes a medical marijuana bill this next session. A real medical marijuana bill, which legalizes all forms of medical marijuana, not just CBD.