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Is Marijuana Medicine? Dr. Andrew Kuntz, MD Neurologist

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Is Marijuana Medicine?

by Dr. Andrew Kuntz, MD

Neurologist and Medical Marijuana Specialist

Yes, it is. It has been for thousands of years.

The first written accounts of using Cannabis as medicine appear in very ancient texts including the Ebers Papyrus, written around 1550 BC in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the 神農本草經 (Shennong Bencaojing) probably written around 200 AD in China. 

If marijuana is medicine, what exactly is Medical Marijuana?

In Ohio this medicine is now available to treat 25 conditions including: AIDS, Alzheimer's, ALS, Cachexia, Cancer, CTE, Crohn's, Epilepsy and other seizure disorders, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Huntington’s, IBD, MS, Pain, Parkinson's disease, HIV, PTSD, Sickle cell anemia, Spasticity, Spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette's syndrome, TBI, UC or any other Terminal illness.

How can so many different conditions be treated with one medicine?

This decreases pain by quieting and calming the nervous system. Fifteen of the 25 qualifying conditions in Ohio are Nervous System disorders. Disorders of the digestive and immune systems are also treatable with Cannabis. This is because CB 1 receptors are primarily in the brain and nervous system, but the CB 2 receptors are found in the immune cells, the GI tract, and the liver.


Neurologist and Medical Marijuana Specialist


University Suburban Health Center

1611 S. Green Rd., Suite 141

South Euclid, Ohio 44121

phone: (330) 330-1294

fax: (216) 297-2097


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