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Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation to make several non-smokable forms of marijuana legal in Pennsylvania.

Among the medical marijuana types legalized is cannabidiol oil, which was the center of fights for years in the state Legislature. Activists and families held a number of rallies in support of using the oil as treatment.

Boiling Springs Family Medicine physician Dr. Chad Jumper talked about cannabidiol oil and medical marijuana.

Q: What is cannabidiol oil and how is it administered?

A: “Cannabidiol oil is a purified component of marijuana that is most often taken by squirting or spraying a small amount under the tongue.”

Q: How does this differ from other types of medical marijuana?

A: “Other types of medical marijuana can be taken via smoking, vaporizing, taking capsules, using patches or eating it.”

Q: What does cannabidiol oil treat?

A: “Conditions treated with cannabidiol oil include epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and insomnia.”

Q: What medical evidence is there to support the use of cannabidiol oil?

A: “The strongest evidence available so far supports the use in chronic pain and multiple sclerosis. Many constraints have limited research in the past and this topic will continue to evolve as more studies are done.”

Q: Do you think Pennsylvania will pass a medical marijuana bill that would allow for the smoking version?

A: “Like many new forms of treatment, I believe this will be a cautious step-wise process. Methods of medical marijuana administration and the conditions approved for its use will likely expand as time passes.”

Dr. Chad Jumper is a family practice physician at Boiling Springs Family Medicine and is board certified in family medicine. Check Boiling Springs Family Medicine on Twitter @DrChadJumper and on Facebook. This information is intended for educational purposes. Please consult your health care provider for advice about treatments that may affect your individual health.

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