After medical marijuana, broader legalization is a natural step | Opinion

The unregulated market does not provide the education, diversity, or consistency of strains and products necessary to provide individualized care.

Marijuana is medicine. This plant-based treatment should be an accessible and affordable healthcare choice for all patients. Scientific data supports its use to treat specific ailments or conditions — research has shown, for example, that it’s an exceptionally effective treatment for seizures and chronic pain.

This plant can be used in many forms of application or ingestion. My professional team at National Holistic Healing Center (NHHC), a medical marijuana dispensary serving over 10,000 patients in the Washington D.C. area, recommends specific strains with known benefits to treat depression, insomnia, ADHD, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many more ailments. Like any medicine, marijuana must be prescribed and dosed properly. Cannabis is still classified as a dangerous Schedule 1 drug and made federally illegal by the government, meaning patients typically cannot travel outside their medical state with therapeutic cannabis. But thanks to recent reciprocity laws, NHHC and other local dispensaries can now treat patients from over 17 states, including Pennsylvania, which is helpful for patients traveling to D.C.

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