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New Hampshire Governor Expands Medical Cannabis Program

Bill allows adults and pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder to receive medical cannabis


Last updated 6/1/2021 at 12:45am

-Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 89, which will go into effect July 21.

-Under this new law, physicians will be allowed to authorize patients who have moderate or severe insomnia to use medical Cannabis.

-It also allows adults and pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder to receive medical Cannabis in some cases.

-A recent study out of Israel looked at the safety and efficacy of Cannabis and how administering CBD-heavy Cannabis oil can help those with autism. The ratio they used was 30 percent CBD and 1.5 percent THC, and the study was conducted with 188 patients who all have autism spectrum disorder.

-The patients underwent the treatment for six months and provided feedback about their experience.

-90 percent said they had some level of improvement in their symptoms, such as relief from restlessness, seizures, and rage attacks.

-About one-third of those polled said they were also able to take less of other medications because of the CBD.

Authors concluded: "Cannabis as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders patients appears to be well-tolerated, safe and seemingly effective option to relieve symptoms, mainly: seizures, tics, depression, restlessness and rage attacks.

-The governor also signed House Bill 163 into law. This new law makes sure that staff at medical dispensaries are directed properly by health department officials to provide literature and information about the "risk of Cannabis use during pregnancy."


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