Marijuana has been shown to help patients with a variety of medical conditions, including neurofibromatosis. This article will explore the benefits of marijuana for neurofibromatosis patients and how it can be used to improve their quality of life.
Keep reading to learn more.
What is Neurofibromatosis?
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue. It primarily affects the development of nerve cells, but can also affect other parts of the body as well. Neurofibromatosis is categorized into two main types: NF1 and NF2.
NF1, also known as Von Recklinghausen’s disease, is characterized by multiple café-au-lait spots, which are flat patches of skin with a light brown color. Other common symptoms are freckles in the armpits or groin area, bumps under the skin called neurofibromas, and skeletal abnormalities. People with NF1 may also be more prone to developing learning disabilities or behavioral issues such as ADHD.
NF2 is characterized by tumors on the hearing nerves that cause hearing loss. Other common symptoms include balance problems and vision loss due to thickening of certain tissues in and around the eyes.
Symptoms of Neurofibromatosis
Both types of neurofibromatosis can cause a wide variety of physical problems including chronic pain, fatigue, scoliosis, muscle weakness, congenital heart defects, learning disabilities and headaches. In some cases it can even lead to cancerous growths developing on nerve tissue and other organs.
Can Medical Marijuana Help?
Since there is no cure for neurofibromatosis yet, treatment focuses on managing symptoms and improving quality of life for those affected by the condition. Medical marijuana has been suggested as an alternative treatment option for people with Neurofibromatosis due to its reported ability to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation caused by tumors growing on nerve tissue.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis may be helpful in managing both physical and psychological symptoms associated with neurofibromatosis such as anxiety or depression caused by living with chronic pain or disability related to their condition. However, more research needs to be done in order to firmly establish medical marijuana’s efficacy in treating this condition effectively in all individuals who suffer from it.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia
Medical marijuana has been making a lot of headlines in recent years, as more states legalize its use for medicinal purposes. Virginia is no exception, and there are now several ways to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state. Here’s what you need to know about getting one.
The first step is finding a doctor who can prescribe medical marijuana. This can be done through contacting your primary care physician or a specialized cannabis doctor who is registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Make sure that the doctor you choose is well-versed in the cannabis laws in your state and has experience recommending medical marijuana to patients.
Once you have found a qualified doctor, they will need to evaluate your condition before they can issue you a written certification for medical cannabis use. This evaluation will include discussing your medical history and determining if cannabis use would be beneficial for treating your neurofibromatosis symptoms. Be sure to bring any relevant documentation or test results that could help make your case for using medical marijuana.
If your doctor does decide to issue you a written certification, you can then take it to one of the approved dispensaries located throughout Virginia, where you’ll be able to purchase and possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana flower in any given 30 day period. The dispensary will also provide other forms of medical marijuana such as oils, edibles, tinctures, and topicals that are allowed by the state.
To learn more about how to obtain a Virginia medical marijuana card, contact ReThink-Rx today.
Dr. Nicholas Marsh has been a respected board-certified anesthesiologist in Northern Virginia for over 35 years. Recognized as a top doctor by FindaTopDoc.com, his vision for providing top-quality medical services is driven by his passion for patient comfort and dignity.