Medical Marijuana for ADD? State Considers It

Dec 21, 2011

State offi­cials will con­sider a request to allow med­ical mar­i­juana for peo­ple with ADD and OCD, nearly two years after deny­ing the drug to depressed and bipo­lar patients. The peti­tion is the lat­est attempt to add a men­tal ill­ness to Washington’s list of qual­i­fy­ing con­di­tions for med­ical cannabis. Three other peti­tions, for depres­sion and other men­tal health dis­or­ders, have been denied. Passed by vot­ers in 1998, Washington’s law allows patients with ter­mi­nal or debil­i­tat­ing con­di­tions to use mar­i­juana. Qual­i­fy­ing con­di­tions include can­cer, HIV, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, glau­coma and “intractable pain.” It also includes anorexia, as a dis­ease that results in nau­sea, vom­it­ing and wast­ing away. The lat­est request involves an Edmonds man who peti­tioned author­i­ties in Sep­tem­ber to include atten­tion deficit dis­or­der and obses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der, con­di­tions he said he has suf­fered from for years. The man said he had seen a psy­chol­o­gist reg­u­larly with lit­tle relief. He said var­i­ous med­ica­tions — stim­u­lants, depres­sants, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants and anti-convulsants — have not helped. “At this point, my psy­chi­a­trist … has rec­om­mended that I write a let­ter ask­ing for an opin­ion on med­ical mar­i­juana, as other options have been exhausted,” the man wrote. The Med­ical Qual­ity Assur­ance Com­mis­sion and the Board of Osteo­pathic Med­i­cine and Surgery will con­sider the man’s peti­tion at a hear­ing on Jan. 11. “What they’re look­ing for is some clin­i­cal and sci­en­tific basis for adopt­ing it,” Blake Maresh, the osteo­pathic board’s exec­u­tive direc­tor, said Tues­day. ‘Incred­i­bly com­plex issue’ In Feb­ru­ary of 2010, the med­ical com­mis­sion denied a request from a man who had suf­fered from a social anx­i­ety dis­or­der since the fifth grade. He said cannabis had helped him more than any other treat­ment. Other patients with bipo­lar dis­or­der, severe depres­sion and other anx­i­ety dis­or­ders also told the com­mis­sion that pot was the only thing that helped. But the com­mis­sion found insuf­fi­cient sci­en­tific evi­dence that showed pot helped patients with those con­di­tions. It found that no rig­or­ous, con­trolled, ran­dom­ized, peer-reviewed and pub­lished trial had been done on the issue. That denial fol­lowed the rejec­tion of two other sim­i­lar requests. In 2001, the com­mis­sion denied med­ical mar­i­juana for patients with manic or chronic depres­sion. In 2004, they again denied it for peo­ple with depres­sion and severe anx­i­ety. The issue has raised unan­swered ques­tions for men­tal health advo­cates and health-care providers. While many patients report feel­ing bet­ter with mar­i­juana, many doc­tors say the drug’s mood-altering qual­i­ties can mask and worsen symp­toms. “Mar­i­juana usage among indi­vid­u­als who live with seri­ous and per­sis­tent men­tal ill­ness is an incred­i­bly com­plex issue,” said Chris­tine Lindquist, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the local National Alliance on Men­tal Ill­ness chap­ter. “Many peo­ple who self-medicate with mar­i­juana report sig­nif­i­cant relief from their symp­toms, although for oth­ers, com­plete absti­nence from drugs or alco­hol is nec­es­sary for sta­bil­ity in their health.” The last qual­i­fy­ing con­di­tion added for med­ical mar­i­juana in Wash­ing­ton was chronic renal fail­ure in 2010. Source: Seat­tle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author: Vanessa Ho, Seat​tlePI​.com Staff Pub­lished: Tues­day, Decem­ber 20, 2011 Copy­right: 2011 Seat­tle Post-Intelligencer Con­tact: editpage@​seattlepi.​com Web­site: http://​seat​tlepi​.nwsource​.com/

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