John Pesch takes medical marijuana to treat Crohn’s disease
In case you’re unfamiliar with Crohn’s disease, it’s an incurable and inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. 12-year-old John Pesch has been home-schooled his whole life, but by taking medical marijuana he is able to live a normal life. Before the legal expansion, his father Alan shared research with Louisiana lawmakers, showing that cannabis oil fights the inflammation caused by Crohn’s and is less toxic than the usual FDA-approved medications.
The law passed earlier this year now allows patients suffering from illnesses such as Crohn’s to start a cannabis treatments. Despite the legalization, access to the legal drug is still limited because the state never set up a network to make it available to patients. As of now, LSU and Southern University are the only agricultural research centers that are approved producers.
Despite this progress, officials have expressed concerns about hidden risks of over-the-counter products. Some drugs aren’t approved by the FDA or have to be recalled by the FDA later after finding harmful ingredients.
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