In a recent blog post, Walgreens the largest drug retailing chain in the United States commented on the medical marijuana issue. The recent post on the company’s Stay Well Tumblr blog was devoted to cannabis.
The post, titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis,” was written by Dahlia Sultan, a pharmacy resident at the University of Illinois and Walgreens. The blog says Walgreens advises customers to take information on medical marijuana from their doctors. It also stated that researchers have been successful in showing that marijuana gives relief from pain in many conditions, and in ways traditional medicines do not.
The post was meant to be unbiased and informative, explaining that research seems to point to benefits of medical marijuana.
“Research on the health benefits of marijuana is ongoing, but current studies have proven that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth and immune function.”
The post also notes that Walgreens isn’t a licensed provider of medical marijuana and advises customers to consult their doctor for information on cannabis.
“Medical marijuana can’t be purchased from a pharmacy like traditional prescriptions. It must be sold through a licensed dispensary in an approved state. Patients must be seen and evaluated by a licensed health care provider.”
Walgreens suggests that those interested in obtaining medical marijuana talk to their physicians in states where it is legal to obtain cannabis, and get a medical marijuana card. Walgreens is the first traditional pharmacy to talk about the benefits of medical cannabis.
“If you’d like more information about the use of medical marijuana, talk with your doctor. Most states encourage patients to apply for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC). Patients need to show proof of residence, have a qualifying condition and a medical recommendation for use from a licensed health care provider. This card allows patients to legally possess marijuana for medical use dispensed through a licensed dispensary. Please refer to your state specific laws for additional information on the use of medical marijuana.”