PTSD, Cancer, and Chronic Pain Added as Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Texas?

PTSD, Cancer, and Chronic Pain Added as Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Texas?

 

PTSD is one of several conditions proposed to be added for legal treatment in the medical cannabis program in Texas under House Bill 1535.

The Compassionate Use Program in Texas might soon be seeing a more expansive reach that more closely resembles the change happening in the rest of the country.  HB 1535, authorized by Representative Stephanie Click, R-Fort Worth, aims to expand the program to include chronic pain, PTSD, and all forms of cancer.  As the program stands now, medical cannabis is only approved for “terminal cancer”, a word choice many doctors find distasteful as almost all forms of cancer are terminal if left untreated.

The bill brought to the house for a vote passed by a wide margin, adding PTSD, chronic pain, and cancer to the current qualifying conditions of terminal cancer, seizure disorder, autism, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and a long list of incurable neurodegenerative diseases including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Picks disease, Lewy body dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. 

Discussions were also made to allow doctors to choose what patients would benefit from medical cannabis, rather than leaving it to legislators and committees who are less qualified about medical science. 

The Texas House gave approval at the end of April, moving it to vote by Lt Governor Dan Patrick, a politician known to be strongly against the use of cannabis in any way. 

At this stage, the Lt Governor may sit on it before he votes to send it to a Senate Committee - a way to postpone the bill so that it might not be addressed by the end of the legislative session.

 

At Compassionate Telemedicine, we fully support the use of medical cannabis for treatment of chronic pain.  It has been shown to be useful in harm reduction, helping people lower their dependence and addiction on opiates, while making them feel well enough to support in their own physical therapy and rehab, in addition to talking to counselors to keep them off opiates. 

Our doctors also have treated hundreds of patients who qualify for the T.CUP program under other qualifying conditions.  These patients write emails of thanks, saying their lives have been saved by the help they also receive using THC for PTSD

We hope to see this important legislation move forward to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for the T.CUP program because we want the best for all patients under our care.

Author
Dr. Allison Kendrick

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