ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Starting today, people in Minnesota who have Alzheimer’s disease can enroll in the program to receive medical cannabis by August 1.
According to Minnesota Medical Solutions, a medical marijuana supplier, the substance can ease symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s such as insomnia, agitation and lack of appetite.
As of March 31, 2019, there were 15,687 patients actively enrolled in the medical cannabis patient registry in the state, 6,252 more patients than March of 2018, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
While there isn’t research that proves that cannabis can stop, reverse or prevent dementia, some studies do suggest that cannabis use can manage some behavioral symptoms, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, a care and research charity in the U.K.
The state department of health approved the change last December. This decision brings the total number of approved conditions for medical marijuana in Minnesota up to 14. Read the remaining approved conditions here.