CONDITIONS
TREATMENT GUIDELINES PER CONDITION

Medical Cannabis Dispensary Conditions & Treatment Guidelines



Each medical condition presents a unique set of challenges and requires targeted cannabinoid therapy. In each treatment guideline below, we present some general information on the ailments in question and recommend medical cannabis products that may help.

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AIDS & HIV  
Cannabis has been used by people living with AIDS and HIV since the early days of the epidemic. Today, a growing number of patients use medical-grade products to treat many disease symptoms as well as antiretroviral therapy (ART) side effects.
AIDS, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), HIV
ANXIETY DISORDERS  
Anxiety, worry and stress are all part of most people’s everyday lives. Studies show that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating anxiety, fear, and stress responses by regulating our behavioural response to stressful stimuli.
Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Situational Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES  
The immune system is intended to protect the body from disease and infection. However, if one has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy cells.  An important general goal is to reduce inflammation.
Addison’s Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Amyloidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Lyme Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Discoid Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Juvenile Arthritis, Juvenile Diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes), Lichen Planus, Meniere’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Myasthenia Gravis, Narcolepsy, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Raynaud's Syndrome, Reactive Arthritis, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Type 1 Diabetes, Ulcerative Colitis, Uveitis, Vasculitis
CANCER  
Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases where some of the body’s trillions of cells begin to divide continuously. The "90g in 90 days" recommendation has become somewhat archaic, with new information and studies emerging daily.
Breast Cancer, Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea & Vomiting (CINV), Cancer (General), Cancer Remission, Cancer Prevention, Prostate Cancer
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES  
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart and/or blood vessels. It typically refers to narrowed or blocked blood vessels, but other conditions can affect the heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm. Evidence suggests that CBD oil may help.
Angina, Aortic Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Stroke
CHILDREN  
Recreational use of THC-rich cannabis can negatively impact neurological development. However, targeted cannabinoid therapy can be life-changing for a suffering child. CBD can aid many challenging conditions safely in children and even babies.
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections, Arthritis, Asthma, Autoimmune Conditions, Cancer & Chemotherapy Side-Effects, Diabetes, Epilepsy & Seizures, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Mood Disorders, Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (NHIE), Neuropathic Pain, Osteoporosis, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Spasticity, Terminal Illness
DEPRESSION & MOOD DISORDERS  
Depression is a common and debilitating mood disorder that changes how a person thinks, feels and functions in daily activities – interfering with one’s ability to work, study, eat, sleep and enjoy life. CBD can help but many people require something more uplifting.
Atypical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Clinical Depression, Major Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Situational Depression
DIABETES  
Diabetes impairs the body’s ability to process blood sugar, increasing the risk of dangerous complications like heart disease and stroke. CBD’s potential to treat diabetes includes reducing inflammation and improving blood glucose control.
Cystic Fibrosis-related Diabetes, Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, Monogenic Diabetes
EPILEPSY & SEIZURES  
Epilepsy and seizures can affect one’s safety, relationships, work, driving ability and so much more. CBD oil has proven to be effective at treating conventional drug-resistant forms of epilepsy, like Dravet syndrome, and it’s safe to use in children as well as pets.
Dravet Syndrome, Drug-Resistant Epilepsy, Epilepsy (General), Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Seizures (General)
EYE & OCULAR CONDITIONS  
Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They may be painless and one may not notice any visual change until the disease has become quite advanced. Medical cannabis assists with pressure build-up in the eye, as well as inflammation caused by various conditions.
Diabetic Macular Edema, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Ocular Hypertension, Uveitis
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS  
A healthy digestive system is vital for wellbeing. It breaks down food into nutrients for energy, growth and cell repair. Pathogenic overgrowths, genetic predisposition, inflammation and many other factors contribute to acute and chronic conditions.
Crohn’s Disease, Diarrhoea, Diverticulitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gut Dysbiosis, Heartburn, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pancreatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH & WELLBEING  
Managing stress, eating healthy, exercising and allowing time for proper rest are extremely important aspects of general health and wellbeing. Cannabis has moved out of the grey area and into its rightful position as part of a healthy approach to overall wellness.
Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, General Health, General Wellbeing, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Preventative Measures, Stress, Tension
HEADACHES & MIGRAINES  
A headache is an unpleasant pain in the head, neck or face, usually experienced as throbbing, constant, sharp or dull. The pain can range from mild to severe, occurs on one or both sides of the head and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week.
Chiari Headaches, Cluster Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Sinus Headaches, Tension Headaches
HYPERTENSION (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE)  
High blood pressure (HBP) is “the silent killer” because it usually has no symptoms but often precedes heart attack, stroke and heart failure. CBD oil can treat primary and secondary hypertension by lowering blood pressure, soothing inflammation and improving the stress response.
Primary Hypertension, Secondary Hypertension
INFLAMMATORY & RHEUMATIC DISEASES  
Rheumatic diseases are caused by inflammation of the body's connective tissues and supporting structures – joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles or organs. Most are “autoimmune", where the immune system attacks healthy tissues.
Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Infectious Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Reactive Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
MENOPAUSE & PMS  
Menopause and perimenopause form a distinct transitional life phase with its own particular health challenges. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of disturbances that occur after a woman’s ovulation and usually end with the onset of menstrual flow.
Menopause, Perimenopause, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES  
Neurodegenerative diseases cause nerve cells to progressively die. They are severely debilitating and usually incurable. Treatment solutions remain a scientific mystery but anecdotal reports suggest medical cannabis may help.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Lewy Body Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Parkinson’s Disease, Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), Prion Disease, Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS  
Neurodevelopmental disorders disrupt the development and function of the central nervous system. Rehabilitation and symptom management are often very challenging. Cannabinoids may help due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Communication, Language & Speech Disorders, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Epilepsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Motor Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Seizures, Tourette’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
PAIN  
Pain is an “alarm bell” for disease and the most common reason people seek medical assistance. Treating the root cause is preferable but not always possible and medical relief often comes at the expense of debilitating side-effects. Fortunately, medical cannabis can help to provide relief.
Acute Pain, Autoimmune Disease, Breakthrough Pain, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy, Phantom Pain, Referred Pain, Rheumatic & Inflammatory Diseases, Soft Tissue Pain, Somatic Pain, Total Pain, Visceral Pain
PETS  
Humans and animals have endocannabinoid systems that interact similarly with cannabis compounds. CBD may help pets with a variety of ailments like anxiety, pain, cancer, seizures and digestive disorders. However, THC is potentially very toxic in high dosages, though micro-dosing is safe.
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections, Anxiety and Stress, Arthritis, Autoimmune Conditions, Cancer and Chemotherapy Side-Effects, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Seizures, Gastrointestinal Disorders, General Health and Wellbeing, Glaucoma, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Inflammation, Neurological Conditions, Osteoporosis, Pain, Skin Conditions, Terminal Illness
RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS  
The human respiratory system not only provides oxygen to each cell of the body, but also removes wastes, filters out infectious agents and provides air needed for speech. For the millions of people who suffer from respiratory diseases, each breath is a major accomplishment.
Asthma, Acute Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Emphysema, Occupational Lung Diseases, Pulmonary Hypertension
SKIN CONDITIONS  
The skin is the body’s largest organ and provides a barrier between the internal human system and the external world. Although tough, it is also an organ of absorption and excretion. Any changes in colour, texture or appearance may signal trouble.
Acne, Eczema, Hives, Psoriasis, Rashes, Rosacea, Shingles (Varicella Zoster Virus), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
SLEEP DISORDERS  
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. ”Insomniacs” are often chronically fatigued. CBN is a powerful sedative that can prolong sleep time but CBD can be used as a non-psychoactive alternative, especially for secondary sleep problems.
Acute Insomnia, Chronic Insomnia, Comorbid Insomnia, Maintenance Insomnia, Onset Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
VIRAL INFECTIONS  
Viruses are very tiny genetic sequences that exist on the very edge of life. Once picked up by a host, parasitic “virions” replicate and spread through the body. Antibiotics are ineffective and antivirals come with side-effects. Cannabis oils may help combat certain viruses and resulting inflammation.
Adenovirus, Astrovirus, Calcivirus, CMV (Cytomegalovirus), Coronavirus, Coxsackie A & B Virus, EBV (Epstein Barr Virus), Enteric Corona Virus, Enterovirus, Herpes (Various), HPV (Human Papillomavirus), HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus), Norwalk Agent, Novavirus, Parvovirus, Picovirus, Poggosta Virus, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus, Sindbis Virus, Torovirus, Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)




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