Medical marijuana now covers autism, sleep apnea

Conditionally effective-patients with autism or sleep apnea can enroll July 1 and pick up medication Aug. 1.

There are a statute-set limited number of outlets in this state. There are four in the Twin Cities and four in outstate Minnesota, which include St. Cloud, Rochester, Moorhead and Hibbing,” said Dr. Tom Arneson, research manager at the Office of Medical Cannabis.

“I encourage people to try the proven therapies, first,” he said. “There’s not enough known about cannabis. A C-PAP is very effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, if used correctly.

“There are two types of cannabinoids,” Arneson said. Cannabinoids are the chemicals which give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties. Cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) interact with different receptors in the body to produce a wide range of effects, such as feeling high.

“THC produces a ‘high,’ “ he said. “There is no ‘high’

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