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Medical Marijuana's Role in Terminal Illness and End of Life Care


Cannabis and terminal illness

Beginning in 2017, West Virginia lawmakers recognized medical marijuana as a valuable treatment for qualifying patients. While people tend to think this means you must be experiencing a specific medical condition, anyone with a terminal illness is eligible to receive medical marijuana in West Virginia.


At West Virginia Marijuana Card, our compassionate team sees you through the process of becoming an official medical marijuana cardholder. We also provide ongoing guidance for using cannabis to enhance every age and stage of your life.


Read on to learn more about how medical marijuana can bring both pain relief and peace to patients experiencing terminal illness in West Virginia.


What is terminal illness?

Rather than being a stand alone diagnosis, terminal illness is a descriptive term given to any condition that’s likely to end a patient’s life within 6 months or less.

A doctor will usually determine that a chronic illness has become terminal when it can no longer be controlled by standard medical treatments. At that point, it will only be a matter of time before a patient’s major organ systems fail and cause death.

Once a patient’s illness is deemed terminal, they will usually begin hospice care. This means that the patient will either enter a medical facility or work with a home health team dedicated to maximizing the quality of the patient’s final days, weeks, or months of life.

How can medical marijuana help patients with terminal illnesses?

Terminally ill patients typically experience anxiety, depression, and extreme physical pain. Sometimes, they are unable to eat without debilitating nausea or to sleep. The most common response to these symptoms is to sedate patients so thoroughly that they also become unable to express any final wishes or to have meaningful interactions with their loved ones.

Medical marijuana offers a variety of powerful cannabinoids that can alleviate anxiety, depression, nausea, and pain. This powerful combination of physical and psychological relief can be the key to allowing terminally ill patients to die with a sense of personal agency, dignity, and peace.

How can terminally ill patients register for a medical marijuana card?

Patients typically live many years with medical conditions prior to receiving a diagnosis of terminal illness.

Many of these conditions, like cancer, qualify for treatment with medical marijuana in West Virginia. In order to receive the benefits of medical marijuana for as long as possible, it pays to go ahead and register for a card long before symptoms have become terminal.


Alternatively, the caregivers of West Virginia patients may also register as medical marijuana cardholders. If a patient has already received a terminal diagnosis, caregiver registration may be the best way to obtain medical marijuana.

Ready to register for your West Virginia medical marijuana card?

Additional stress is the last thing you need when you or your loved one is experiencing a terminal illness.

The team at West Virginia Marijuana Card will guide patients and caregivers through the entire registration process with clarity, efficiency, and compassion.

Give us a call at 877-303-8424, or visit our website, to schedule an appointment and qualify for your West Virginia medical marijuana card today.

Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

Helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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