I’m standing in a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, reading the list of available strains.
There’s Cheese, recommended for patients with multiple sclerosis, insomnia, a lack of appetite or constipation.
Neon Super Skunk is supposed to help with menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia and back pain.
Medical Marijuana In Mass.
- Timeline: Key Dates In Massachusetts:
- 11/6/12: Medial Marijuana Legalized In Mass.
- 8/23/13: 181 Apply For Dispensary Licenses
- 1/31/14: 20 Dispensaries Approved
- 6/27/14: DPH Disqualifies 9 Planned Dispensaries
- 11/7/14: 4 More Dispensaries Approved
- 1/2/15: First Mass. Dispensary Cleared To Grow
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Kind of silly, whatever.
Then I see White Widow, for patients with PTSD and hepatitis C. And Jack the Ripper is billed as relief from chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
Really? My vet buddies are going to try White Widow to ease symptoms of PTSD?
And a patient with anxiety would put their faith in Jack the Ripper for relief?
Several websites caution patients that “it can be hard to put aside the names and focus on what really counts — symptom relief.”
But Dr. Paul Bregman, who runs Medical Cannabis Consulting in Denver, disagrees.
“People are not put off by a name,” Bregman says. “If someone tells you that Jack the Ripper will help your rheumatoid arthritis, people will use it, despite the name.”
Strains are named by their breeder, the person who uses cross-pollination to create a new plant variety. Pretty much anything goes, although some dispensaries do not stock strains that contradict the image of marijuana as a healing agent (like Green Crack and Alaskan Thunder F—).
There does not appear to be any real movement to align recommended medical use with a name. Continue reading