Studies have shown that medical cannabis can assist patients suffering from certain serious medical conditions by alleviating pain and improving their quality of life. Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, “serious medical conditions” are defined as any one of the following:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Cancer, including remission therapy.
Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies.
Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders.
HIV / AIDS.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain.
Sickle cell anemia.