Pennsylvania adds anxiety to qualifying conditions for medical marijuana


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania is making two additions to the list of serious medical conditions that can qualify people to obtain medical marijuana.

Anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome will be added as of July 20.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says her decision was based on the recommendation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and her own review of medical research literature.

She says medical marijuana should not be the first treatments for anxiety disorders, and that medical marijuana with low THC and high CBD levels would work best.

“Patients with anxiety disorders should continue to pursue counseling and therapy to manage their condition,” Levine said. “A key component to approving conditions is to stimulate research on medical marijuana.”

The announcement came at a research summit for medical marijuana. Eight universities and three clinical registrants will be researching medical marijuana to find out how safe and effective it is in treating conditions.

The list of qualifying conditions already includes cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, terminal illness, and other conditions.

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