Our Doctors at Life Medical would like to remind all our patients who are in the MN Medical Cannabis Program that they must have their qualifying condition(s) re-certified on an annual basis. According to our records, you may be due for re-certification at this time.
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To schedule, please call 952-933-8900 to make an appointment. If you call during non-business hours, leave a message on the Medical Marijuana voicemail. Our schedulers will return your call promptly.
Dr. Mirman, Dr. Bacaner and Dr. Biel provides expert ongoing follow-up care for cannabis patients and uses other complementary therapies to treat their conditions. Many times we are able to use one or more, other effective treatments to decrease or even eliminate the need for cannabis.
Call our office at 952-933-8900 to make an appointment.
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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE HAS RECENTLY BEEN ADDED AS A QUALIFYING CONDITiON FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MINNESOTA
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that it has added Alzheimer’s disease as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.
“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “However, there is some evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that mainly affects elderly people. It is the most common cause of dementia. Other symptoms include cognitive impairment, delusion, depression and agitation. The MDH research brief cited two available studies, which found that after cannabis use some Alzheimer’s patients saw improvements in disruptive nighttime behaviors and agitation.
As with the program’s other qualifying conditions, patients will need advance certification from a Minnesota health care provider.
The current list of qualifying conditions includes:
- Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year
- Intractable pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Alzheimer’s disease