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am i eligible for medical marijuana?

By May 20, 2010 - 4:33pm
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I am a 15 year old male living in Ontario, Canada. in the past 3 months i have been diagnosed with lichen planus & type 1 diabetes. i always have to monitor my blood sugar and as of lately they have been fluctuating, but mostly it has been low,and in the range of what my doctor said my blood sugar shouldn't be like. i am currently taking medication to treat my lichen planus.

For the past few years i have been smoking pot, but right now i am at the point where i love it so much i like smoking 5-10 times a day and keeping a constant high. though people may see that as a very bad thing, i would say other wise, my blood sugars are usually in a normal range when i am smoking pot, i feel alot less stressed about everything and it gets me very enthusiastic about doing things and can actually get me to wake up for school.

in conclusion i would like to know if my combination of type 1 diabetes and lichen planus is enough to get a referral from my doctor for medical marijuana, considering it keeps my blood sugar at good levels and keeps me alot healthier and happier.

please dont say you are too young to smoke or list a bunch of health risks of smoking,
i just want to know if i can get a prescription for medicinal marijuana.

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this is very old and you are older now but I found it looking for information on cannabis A lot of research is finding it can really be helpful for diabetes and the research about the impact on teenagers seems to be mixed as far as safety for brain development. you and your guardians would have to weight the pros and cons and really look into the possible risks. I found this looking for information on cannabis use and lichen planus which I have and I use cannabis medicinally for other illnesses so I wanted to be sure it was not causing my rash. I can't find anything saying that it ever causes the rash and I can't find anything saying it works to treat the rash. I recommend that if you and your guardians feel cannabis is a good option for you that you look into vaporizing or possibly edibles but be careful with edibles!

August 1, 2015 - 8:33pm
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Killa Cam - For those who don't know, lichen planus is a chronic skin condition. It causes itchy, flat, scaly patches on the wrists, legs, trunk, or genitals. It can also affect the inside of the mouth and vagina. There it resembles a white spider web. It may ulcerate. Rarely, it can also become cancerous. The scalp and fingernails can also be affected. It may become wart-like in thickness. Lichen planus may continue on and off for months or years.

Canada's regulations on the use of medical marijuana for personal use went into effect in 2001. The regulations are an attempt to provide some relief to those suffering from debilitating diseases and those who are terminally ill.

Three categories of people can now apply to Health Canada to possess marijuana: those with a terminal illness, with a prognosis of less than 12 months to live; those with specific symptoms, such as severe pain, associated with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and disease, AIDS/HIV, severe forms of arthritis and epilepsy and those with symptoms from another serious medical condition not covered in the first two categories.

The London Compassion Society assists people in Ontario who think they may quality for medical marijuana. You can find them at:

The BC Compassion Club provides additional resources here: http://www.thecompassionclub.org/law/resources

Since you asked I won't mention that you're too young too smoke, or talk about health risks or ask you how you know that smoking pot keeps you healthier. Some of our readers, however, may not honor your request, and may have some interesting perspectives to share.

Good luck with your health issues, Pat

May 20, 2010 - 5:48pm
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