There are currently 21 conditions that allow Ohio residents to qualify for medical marijuana use, but last year the state allowed the public to suggest new conditions. The state medical board committee received more than 100 petitions, which were narrowed down to five conditions. Of those, anxiety and autism are coming closer and closer to getting approved as a qualifying condition. The board rejected insomnia, opioid addiction and depression.

While it is not known how many adults live in the state with autism, more than 44,000 children have the condition. Children can use medical marijuana if an adult is supervising them. Around 1.6 million Ohioans have anxiety. Experts agreed on the use of medical marijuana for treating these two conditions, but not on the three rejected ones. They did agree that it was a safer and effective treatment compared to other available treatments.

Petitions generally include support for their claims, even though clinical research is difficult to come by given that marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law and the laws of most states.

Ohio asked doctors and researchers to weigh in on the matter. Many states allow medical marijuana as a treatment for autism spectrum disorder, which can calm down children with the condition but can also affect the development of their brain. When it comes to treating anxiety, two other states have allowed medical marijuana as a treatment. Anxiety can be a side-effect of marijuana, but some researchers say that low doses of marijuana can treat anxiety.

The field of medical marijuana research and the market for it is constantly changing, making things difficult for patients and new businesses. It might be helpful to consult an experienced attorney from time to time to ensure one’s business is operating legally.