Each state that has legalized medical marijuana can decide what health conditions qualify for their medical marijuana program.
Pennsylvania recently added anxiety as a qualifying condition for their medical marijuana program in July. Since then, 3,000 people with anxiety have been approved for a medical marijuana card.
Many people have shared their experience with using marijuana for anxiety. Some say it helped keep them calm and stop racing thoughts while others say it increased their paranoia. Marijuana is not for everyone and new patients should begin use gradually to see how they react.
Ohio's Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee withdrew 2 of their previously approved health conditions, anxiety and autism, from their medical marijuana program.
Back in May, Ohio's commitee supported anxiety and autism as conditions that would qualify for a medical marijuana card. However, after the committy received a letter of opposition from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and spoke with a few physicians, they revoked both health conditions.
"It's very controversial, what marijuana can work for and what it doesn't work for," explained Dr. Hal Blatman, state licensed medical marijuana prescriber.
It's true, there hasn't been many scientific studies on the actual affects of marijuana on different health conditions. But there are countless testimonies on how cannabis and CBD have helped people with varying ailments.
On Sept. 11, the commitee will meet again to decide the fate of anxiety and autism as qualifying conditions in Ohio.
"I understand disappointment. I understand we like things to be ready faster and sooner. But we have all kinds of things that have to change for that to happen," Blatman said. "There are organizations of mothers who support the use of medical marijuana for autism. There's also medical organizations that say, well, it can hurt a child's developing brain. All those things need to be taken seriously."
It may be a setback for the people in the state struggling with these issues, but it means more research is going to happen. More research means real hard facts that can change the future of marijuana legalization.