Marijuana as a lupus treatment may sound psychedelic — but research efforts are ramping up!
While possession and use of marijuana is still prohibited by federal law which supersedes state law, 44 states have medical marijuana laws that allow for the use of the drug.
2 states explicitly permit the use of medical marijuana to treat lupus: Illinois and New Hampshire. 7 other states permit the use of medical marijuana for lupus on the recommendation of a physician. And, as you’ve surely heard on the news, recreational marijuana is legal in 8 states and Washington D.C.
Despite these changes, the long prohibition on marijuana has had an impact on research. There have been few studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of marijuana – though the existing research and anecdotal evidence suggest there may be value for people living with autoimmune diseases.
NOTE: Always be aware of federal and state laws before using any substance. NORML, a group working to reform marijuana laws, provides information on state medical marijuana laws.