The Pennsylvania Medical Society recently announced a shift in its policy on the use of medical marijuana. The society now supports the use of medical marijuana for the use of compassionate care and the treatment of conditions in which FDA-approved medications have proven unsuccessful. This announcement marks a shift in the medical community in which credible medical societies, like the Pennsylvania Medical Society which consists of over 200 physicians, recognize and support the use of medical marijuana in certain applications.
There is a large potential medical marijuana to treat a wide variety of medical illnesses and symptoms, like in the treatment of seizures, pain, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, as well as symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Pennsylvania Medical Society's decision to support medical marijuana could be attributed to the mounting evidence regarding the benefits and safety of medical marijuana. Concerns remain regarding regulations, side effects, and the potential abuse of medical marijuana, but the possibility of state funded medical marijuana trials in the future could provide answers to questions surrounding the medication and aid in medical decision making such as this one.
You can read more about this decision making in this Q&A with Dr. Chad Jumper, a Boiling Springs Family Medicine physician. This information was provided by The Sentinel and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.