BND – Belleville News Democrat reports on a judge ordering health officials in Illinois to reconsider their decision after they decided cannabis for migraine should not be included on the list of conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana in the state.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Nirav Shah was ordered by a Cook County judge to reconsider the evidence presented to the Cannabis Advisory Board before members vote on whether to approve marijuana to treat migraine.
This was in response to a suit filed by an unidentified middle-aged man who has already been using marijuana for his headaches. He suffered severe migraines since adolescence said his attorney, Robert Bauerschmidt.
The usual and most common migraine treatment is narcotic painkillers, but these were never successful in treating his pain. He self medicated using cannabis for migraine and found relief.
“He’s been through everything. Marijuana doesn’t cure it, but he finds the pain less severe and believes the headaches are less frequent when he’s using it.” Bauerschmidt said.
Illinois law allows patients with more than 40 specific medical conditions, including cancer, AIDS or multiple sclerosis to use marijuana to treat symptoms, although federal law still prohibits possession.
Another judge recently ordered Illinois to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition. This suggests that judicial review may continue expanding the program.
Attorney Mike Goldberg, whose firm handled two of the cases, said it’s a potential game-changer for the industry. He has pending lawsuits for other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, intractable pain, autism and polycystic kidney disease to be added to the list of conditions approved.
Annie Thompson, Illinois attorney general’s office spokeswoman stressed the fact that the most recent ruling doesn’t require adding migraine to the list.
The former director of the state’s medical cannabis program, Joe Wright confirmed the statement made by Thompson saying that the addition of migraine to the list of conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed is not guaranteed.
“I’m not sure that means you’d necessarily have to add it,” he said. “That means they have to look at it again in light of what the advisory board considered.”
Cannabis for migraine is an ancient treatment.
The use of cannabis or marijuana as a medicine, goes back a long time. It held a prominent position in the history of medicine, recommended by many eminent physicians for numerous ailments, but in particular for headaches and migraine.
Through the ages, cannabis had a fascinating journey, and in the last century it went from having a legal and frequently prescribed status to being outlawed. The fate of the plant is determined by social and political factors rather than by science.
The misguided stigma attached to cannabis is fading through growing support for its multitude of medicinal uses. There has been a dramatic push for legalizing medicinal cannabis and a growing volume of calls for more research on the plant.
Half of the states in United States, have legalized medicinal cannabis, several have legalized recreational use, and others have legalized cannabidiol use only. Cannabidiol is one of many therapeutic cannabinoids extracted from cannabis, and it is less controversial since it cannot produce a high.
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For millennia, people have been using cannabis for migraine and headaches, although scientific proof is lacking, cannabis has shown promise as a pain treatment. Cannabis for migraine may help many people to achieve better quality of life.