Cancer Qualifies For Medical Marijuana in South Dakota [UPDATED 2023]
Patients having a cancer diagnosis now qualify for medical marijuana treatment in South Dakota. South Dakota’s medical marijuana program has approved Cancer as a qualifying condition among 14 others for cannabis treatment.
By having your my marijuana card, you can access all of South Dakota’s dispensaries anywhere across the state to treat your qualifying condition. Medical marijuana helps cancer patients by providing a safe and powerful relief to patients in many forms.
How can South Dakota cannabis ‘work’ to provide relief for cancer patients?
Cannabis works in the body when processed by the ECS, or Endocannabinoid System. Everyone has an ECS in their body. The ECS is made up of 2 types of receptors located in the brain that decides how your body reacts physically and mentally to cannabis. No matter which forms you decide to consume your medical cannabis, your ECS will be doing the work to break it down for you to provide you with the relief you are longing for.
Medical marijuana is a popular treatment choice for those who have suffered in the past or are currently battling cancer. Medical marijuana helps those suffering from cancer by relieving these common symptoms:
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Medical Marijuana for Appetite loss
As a result of standard medication for treating cancer such as radiation or chemotherapy or using other prescription drugs, patients can experience loss of appetite often, leading to unexpected weight loss. To aid this symptom, patients have found relief by using medical marijuana in various forms (bottom of dispensary page). Many patients report gaining their appetite back and having more energy than before, compared to using other medication forms to relieve the same symptoms.
Medical Marijuana for Nausea
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects those with cancer face due to the use of many prescription medications given to patients. Those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and other hormone therapy often reduce nausea and other unpleasant side effects of common medications prescribed to cancer patients, by medicating with medical cannabis. Patients can find relief from nausea and vomiting by standard vaporization of flower, by using vape cartridges, or by consuming edible cannabis in the form of a tincture, oil, or other processed product such as a gummy.
Medical Marijuana for Insomnia
Sleepless nights due to pain or anxiety are common side effects those battling cancer experience. Cannabis is here to help. Patients can find better, quality sleep and relief from their anxiety by medicating with cannabis. Patients reported getting a more restful night’s sleep and staying asleep longer with the help of cannabis. Popular items used for getting this result to require higher CBD options such as 1:1 edibles such as gummies, or other CBD dominant products available at South Dakota Dispensaries.
Medical Marijuana for Neuropathy and Other Chronic Pain
Neuropathy and Chronic Pain is something patients experience after nerve damage occurs. Nerve damage unfortunately is sometimes never restored completely after undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Medical marijuana can help relieve the tingling, needles, or burning sensations that patients report after these standard cancer treatments are performed. Patients can find relief to target areas undergoing or previously undergone treatment by applying topicals such as salves or lotions. Topicals are just one way patients can use cannabis to find relief to symptoms and side effects resulting from cancer.
South Dakota Legislature Approves New Conditions
The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill adding new medical conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program, expanding it from the existing six approved conditions (i.e., chronic pain, cachexia, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, epilepsy or seizures, nausea). South Dakota’s medical cannabis program is set to include eight new conditions starting from July 1st, 2023. This significant update aims to streamline the process for patients to qualify for a medical marijuana card. This change brings clarity to healthcare providers and offers increased accessibility to medical cannabis for patients requiring it. Advocates are optimistic that more doctors will feel confident in participating in the program and supporting qualifying patients. List of New Conditions:
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