According the Minnesota Department of health, there’s a new condition that can be treated with medical marijuana.

Autism spectrum disorders has been added to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.The department has also added obstructive sleep apnea to the list of conditions.

Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the state’s Commission of Health said, “Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence.

However, there is increasing evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis for those with severe autism and obstructive sleep apnea.”

Medical marijuana patients that have autism or sleep apnea will be able to enroll in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program on July 1st and can start receiving the drug on August 1st.

All of the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana are:

Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Tourette’s syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year
Intractable pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Autism spectrum disorders
Obstructive sleep apnea

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