Illinois panel approves medical marijuana for PTSD, IBS, and migraines

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The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended adding several disorders to the list of conditions that qualify for treatment under the state’s medical marijuana law.

The board was petitioned to consider adding anorexia nervosa, anxiety, chronic post-operative pain, diabetes, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, essential thrombcythemia with a JAK 2 mutation, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease, neuropathy (peripheral and diabetic), osteoarthritis, polycystic kidney disease, PTSD, and superior canal dehiscence syndrome to the list of debilitating conditions that might be treated with marijuana under the Illinois Medical Cannabis program.

The board met in Chicago on Monday, May 4, 2015, to review – and hear testimony on – possible additions to the list of conditions which may be treated with medical cannabis. They voted in favor of approving conditions including anorexia nervosa, osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, periphery polyneuropathy, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder to the list.

Diabetes, anxiety, and essential thrombcythemia were rejected by the board.

The list is only recommendations from the advisory board, which must ultimately be passed on to the Illinois Department of Public Health for a final decision on which conditions might be added to the list of those approved for treatment with medical marijuana.


  • Sam Johnson

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  • Brandy

    They should add MS. People with this could really benefit since they are in lots of pain.


    I am having problems with my family physician not wanting me to continue taking my fioricet with codiene and diazapam that is a combination that has been the only thing to prevent my migraine headaches. I have to take this to be able to be a productive functioning human being in life. I have held a job all my life and raised a family because I was able to find this combination. Now they act like I am trying to just get narcotics. Not true. I just want a normal life and this is what it consists of. If marijuana is available and they are willing to let me try it I would in a heartbeat. I do not smoke or drink so it is not like I am adding anything for a so called “high” . I just want to be able to function and age 57 I do believe I know my body better than a young doctor right out of school. What works for most does not for me and this not to my advantage. It has proven to be life threatening and at times very embarrassing. People just do not want to hurt everyday. If you have never experienced that feeling how can you judge and prescribe?
    Thank you and I hope doctors will either let us take the medicine we are taking now to be the best we can or let us few try the medical marijuana.
    Very sincerely and hopeful as a hurting individual.
    Trudy Zimmerman

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