Today on Utah in the Weeds we talk about how you can use medical marijuana for Crohn’s Disease.

Katie’s thoughts on the Utah Medical Marijuana experience for patients [05:41]
Many clinics are not set up to help their patients. Tim and Katie’s primary goal with Utah Therapeutic Health Center is to help the patients. Not just with handing out Medical Cannabis Cards, but ensuring that they stay connected with the patient.

Will Medical Marijuana ever be covered by health insurance in Utah? [08:22]
Tim has seen states, such as New York, begin to push insurance companies to cover the visits. Utah Therapeutic Health Center actually has a staff member who is credentialing for insurance to prepare for when Medical Marijuana would be covered by health insurance in Utah. He believes it will take a year or two before this occurs in Utah.

How Tim sees his work evolving if Utah moves to legal recreational use [9:10]
People have told time that if legalization occurs then they will be put out of business. However, Tim believes that Utah Therapeutic Health Center and UtahMarijuana.org will still be the experts that patients turn to for help. In fact, the majority of their patients are novice users, so there will still be a need for education and for expert help even if recreational use becomes legal.

More info about the use of open flames when consuming Medical Marijuana [10:45]
When consuming Medical Marijuana in Utah, you are not allowed to consume using an open flame. Tim clarified this to say that combustion at a high temperature is the issue. For example, a car cigarette lighter does not have an open flame. However, it is the combustion at a high temperature that prevents patients from consuming Medical Marijuana with a joint or pipe.

Katie’s thoughts on cannabis, Crohn’s disease, and hydration [25:02]
For someone with Crohn’s disease, or any digestion disease, Katie says that the best side effect of smoking cannabis is being thirsty. Typically with digestion diseases, doctors will recommend that patients stay hydrated. Because Medical Marijuana could cause you to become thirsty, a benefit of this side effect could be to encourage you to stay hydrated. Also, if you have issues with nausea, Medical Marijuana could help prevent vomiting when drinking water.

Results of Utah Therapeutic Health Center surveys [28:05]
Utah Therapeutic Health Center sends 90-day surveys to better understand their patients’ experience by asking questions, such as “what are you using” and “what is working?”

About 100 patients have completed the survey. They are currently going through the data to identify patterns. One pattern they found is that patients are seeing a decrease in anxiety and insomnia.

Are patients noticing more benefits than they expected? [34:03]
Tim and Katie have noticed that patients are seeing other benefits of cannabis use, including reduced anxiety and improved sleep.

Tim compared plant treatments vs. traditional treatment via pharmaceuticals. With traditional treatments, doctors focus on one symptom, one treatment. For example, a poorly-functioning thyroid is treated with thyroid medication. But, there is not a focus on treating the whole patient.

Plant medicines not only help treat the immediate symptoms, but also provide additional benefits to treat the patient holistically.

What is the best way to consume cannabis for Crohn’s disease? [35:39]
Vaping, either with vape cartridges or a dry herb vaporizer, is a great way to consume cannabis because it is fast acting. Oral delivery could work better in some cases because it acts directly on the gut, but effects are not as immediate.

A tip for reusing already vaporized herbs [40:26]
Once herbs are vaporized, the cannabinoid CBN is released. Katie received a tip from a patient to take already vaporized herbs from a dry herb vaporizer and sprinkle it on peanut butter toast. Tim has also heard from patients that they will reuse already vaporized herbs and sprinkle it on foods or bake it and turn it into an oil.

Tim’s education schedule [47:19]
Tim will be speaking on July 16th at a CBD shop in Kaysville. Tim will also do a lecture in August that will be recorded.

Time Stamps:
00:00- Intro
00:49- Who is Katie Sly?
05:41- Katie’s thoughts on the Utah Medical Marijuana experience for patients
08:22- Will Medical Marijuana ever be covered by health insurance in Utah?
09:10- How Tim sees his work evolving if Utah moves to legal recreational use.
10:45- More info about the use of open flames when consuming Medical Marijuana
25:02- Katie’s thoughts on cannabis, Crohn’s disease, and hydration
28:05- Results of Utah Therapeutic Health Center surveys
34:03- Are patients noticing more benefits than they expected?
35:39- What is the best way to consume cannabis for Crohn’s disease?
40:26- A tip for reusing already vaporized herbs
47:19- Tim’s education schedule

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