The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced this week that the state's medical marijuana program has added a new qualifying condition, chronic pain caused by degenerative spinal disorders. The General Assembly approved the condition citing the condition's symptoms that cause the brain to send pain signals throughout the body anywhere from stabbing to tingling and even burning sensations. Connecticut's medical marijuana program has 31 qualifying conditions for adults, 6 of which were added this August. Officials also announced the scheduling of Epidiolex, the new FDA approved cannabis based medicine, to be Schedule V which has the lowest restrictions in the Controlled Substances Act.
The drug was approved Thursday by the General Assembly’s regulations review committee to treat the chronic pain that accompanies spinal degeneration. Damage to the nervous system can cause the brain to send pain signals throughout the body, generating everything from a stabbing feeling to chronic prickling, tingling or burning sensations.