5 Less Common Legal Medical Marijuana Uses

APRIL 19, 2016
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
States are moving to legalize medical marijuana use for a greater range of conditions.
Lawmakers in New Jersey recently introduced a bill to add menstrual cramps to the state’s list of legal indications for medical marijuana.
“For many women, the response to pain so severe that it causes them to vomit or faint is either ‘just deal with it’ or a prescription drug that may not even alleviate their symptoms,” said bill-cosponsor Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-Bergen/Passaic), in a press release. “We’re talking about expanding our activity in one of the nation's fastest-growing industries—and garnering the economic benefit that comes with that— while simultaneously expanding women’s options when it comes to doing what’s best for their health.”
If the legislation is enacted, New Jersey would become the first US state to include dysmenorrhea on its list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
Meanwhile, nearly all states that permit medical marijuana include 1 or more of the following qualifying conditions:
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia
Some states, however, are beginning to include less conventional conditions on their qualifying lists based on either the pain reduction potential or the stress-relieving properties of medical cannabis.
Here are some other less commonly covered conditions included under certain state medical marijuana laws: