In the United States, anxiety disorders are extremely common, with millions of adults suffering from at least one. Despite this large figure, only around half of those diagnosed with a mental illness receive treatment.
Traditional treatment methods have failed some people who have tried to obtain help, so they’ve turned to other methods, one of which is medicinal marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Cards and Anxiety
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Ohio, you must first consult with a licensed physician.
If you have a medical marijuana card or referral from another state, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP), which oversees the patient, physician, and business aspects of the medical marijuana program, will not accept it.
You can apply for a medical marijuana card if your doctor diagnoses you with one of the qualifying conditions recognized by the OMMCP.
There are currently: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
Anxiety is not a qualifying condition in and of itself, thus a diagnosis of anxiety does not entitle you to a medical marijuana recommendation. However, you may have heard that it is being considered for inclusion in the above list, which is right.
Anxiety, autistic spectrum disorder, and cachexia were three potential qualifying criteria considered by the OMMCP earlier this year.
Only cachexia was accepted as a new qualifying condition out of the three, with nearly unanimous votes against anxiety.
Despite this, some doctors and patients remain hopeful that anxiety may be included in the future as new research emerges.