Dr. Mikuriya’s List of Treatable Diseases with Medical Marijuana

 

Dr. MikuriyaDr. Tod H. Mikuriya, a California psychiatrist who was widely regarded as the grandfather of the medical marijuana movement in the United States, began researching marijuana’s therapeutic possibilities in the 1960s. He maintained a list of more than 200 ailments whose symptoms it was said to relieve, including stuttering, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, muscular dystrophy, poor appetite and some side effects of cancer treatment, among them nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Mikuriya saw his work, he often said, as a means of righting a historical wrong, namely the backlash against medical marijuana that began in the “Reefer Madness” era of the late 1930s. He was an architect of Proposition 215, the state ballot measure that in 1996 made it legal for California doctors to recommend marijuana for seriously ill patients. He was also a founder of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group and its offshoot, the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

Dr. Mikuriya died on May 20, 2007 at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 73.

Below is a partial list of ailments and medical conditions whose symptoms it was said to relieve and could be treated with marijuana:

• Acquired Hypothyroidism
• Acute Gastritis
• Agoraphobia
• AIDS Related Illness
• Alcohol Abuse
• Alcoholism
• Alopecia Areata
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Amphetamine Dependency
• Amyloidosis
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Angina Pectoris
• Ankylosis
• Anorexia
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Anxiety Disorders
• Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
• Arthritis
• Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
• Arthropathy- gout
• Asthma
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)     
• Autism/Aspergers
• Autoimmune Disease
• Back Pain
• Back Sprain
• Bell’s Palsy
• Bipolar Disorder
• Brain Tumor- Malignant
• Bruxism
• Bulimia
• Cachexia
• Cancer
• Cancer-Adrenal Cortical
• Cancer-Endometrial
• Cancer-Prostate
• Cancer-Testicular
• Cancer-Uterine
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
• Cervical Disk Disease
• Cervicobrachial Syndrome
• Chemotherapy
• Chemotherapy Induced Anorexia
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Chronic Pain
• Chronic Pancreatitis
• Chronic renal failure
• Cocaine Dependence
• Colitis
• Conjunctivitis
• Constipation
• Crohn’s Disease
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
• Darier’s Disease
• Degenerative Arthritis
• Degenerative Arthropathy
• Delirium Tremens
• Dermatomyositis
• Diabetes-Adult Onset
• Diabetes-Insulin Dependent
• Diabetic-Neuropathy
• Diabetic-Peripheral Vascular Disease
• Diarrhea
• Diverticulitis
• Dysthymic Disorder
• Eczema
• Elevated Intraocular Pressure
• Emphysema
• Endometriosis
• Epidermolysis Bullosa
• Epididymitis
• Epilepsy
• Felty’s Syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Friedreich’s Ataxia
• Gastritis
• Genital Herpes
• Glaucoma
• Glioblastoma Multiforme
• Graves Disease
• Headaches-Cluster
• Headaches-Migraine
• Headaches-Tension
• Hemophilia A
• Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
• Hepatitis C
• Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
• HIV/AIDS
• Hospice Patients
• Huntington’s Disease
• Hypertension
• Hypertension
• Hyperventilation
• Hypoglycemia
• Impotence
• Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Insomnia
• Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
• Intractable Pain
• Intractable Vomitting
• Lipomatosis
• Lou Gehrig’s Disease
• Lyme Disease
• Lymphoma
• Major Depression
• Malignant Melanoma
• Mania
• Melorheostosis
• Meniere’s Disease
• Motion Sickness
• Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
• Muscle Spasms
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Myeloid Leukemia
• Nail-Patella Syndrome
• Nightmares
• Obesity
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Opiate Dependence
• Osteoarthritis
• Panic Disorder
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Peritoneal Pain
• Persistent Insomnia
• Porphyria
• Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Prostatitis
• Psoriasis
• Pulmonary Fibrosis
• Quadriplegia
• Radiation Therapy
• Raynaud’s Disease
• Reiter’s Syndrome
• Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Rosacea
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Scoliosis
• Sedative Dependence
• Seizures
• Senile Dementia
• Severe Nausea
• Severe Pain
• Severe Vomiting
• Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
• Sinusitis
• Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
• Sleep Apnea
• Sleep Disorders
• Spasticity
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Spinal Stenosis
• Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
• Stuttering
• Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
• Tenosynovitis
• Terminal Illness
• Thyroiditis
• Tic Douloureux
• Tietze’s Syndrome
• Tinnitus
• Tobacco Dependence
• Tourette’s Syndrome
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Trichotillomania
• Viral Hepatitis
• Wasting Syndrome
• Whiplash
• Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome

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3 Comments

  1. Bob Manke says:

    He left off pot synergizes with my oxycodones for Pain Relief!

    How could he do that?

    Cannabis comes in between the NSAIDs and the opiates for pain relief.

    and it doesn’t cause constipation and poor lung clearing like my narcotic opiates do.

  2. Elizabeth DiVergigelis says:

    Please, allow me to add another, lesser known disease, that cannabis helps with in chronic pain. Scheuermann’s Disease, or kyphosis and lordosis, an exacerbated curvature of the spine that presents at puberty and slowly denigrates the vertebrae horns displaces and erodes disks and causes fractures in the vertebrae as you age. Myself and both of my sons have this genetic defect and it is extremely painful and debilitating.

  3. Carol Ann Cripps says:

    The gov has no business,in a relationship between patient and Doctor!

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