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Although many physicians are skeptical of its benefits, medical marijuana is gradually gaining acceptance. Medical marijuana in Connecticut was already approved for several serious conditions, including epilepsy, HIV and cancer. The state recently approved use of cannabis for several additional conditions.

What Are the New Uses for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut?

Adults with otherwise untreatable headaches or facial pain and those with postherpetic neuralgia and fibromyalgia will be allowed to use medical marijuana to ease the pain. (Marijuana has been considered in other places as a treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, which causes severe facial pain.) Children will also have access to this treatment if they have muscular dystrophy or brittle bone disease. The state currently has nine dispensaries serving 27,000 patients. With the expanded indications, the number of people using medical marijuana in Connecticut is likely to increase. Here is a list of all the conditions for which this treatment may be used in the state.

All of the changes in official regulation of medical marijuana, in Connecticut and elsewhere, have altered the way people perceived this plant as a botanical medicine:

What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Marijuana?

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If you are interested in this topic, you may want to listen to our interview with Dr. David Casarett. It is Show 1027: How One Doctor Changed His Mind About Medical Marijuana.

We are interested in your experience, so let us know if you have used medical marijuana. If so, how well did it work for you? Did you experience unpleasant side effects? What condition were you treating? Has your state made medical marijuana legal to treat that problem?

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