State officials tasked with overseeing Ohio’s medical marijuana program approved last week the addition of three health conditions that qualify a patient to use cannabis medicinally. The move brings the number of severe medical conditions that allow a patient to use cannabis medicinally in Ohio to 25 and marks the second time that state regulators have updated the list this year.
On Wednesday, the Ohio State Medical Board announced that it had approved Huntington’s disease, terminal disease and spasticity to the list of approved conditions. Huntington’s disease is a rare, hereditary, neurological disease that leads to the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. The malady usually appears in adults in their 30s and 40s and causes progressive cognitive, motor and psychiatric symptoms. No cure for Huntington’s disease has yet been found, but treatments including pharmaceutical drugs, physical therapy and talk therapy have been shown to help patients manage their symptoms.
Spasticity is a medical condition characterized by prolonged muscle contraction and abnormal muscle tightness. Spasticity is a symptom often associated with brain or nervous system injuries or disease and neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
The addition of all three, new, medical conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control