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Medical Marijuana for Mitochondrial Diseases in Georgia

Do Mitochondrial Diseases Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Georgia?


Mitochondrial diseases are the most common subgroup of metabolic disorders, affecting 1 in 5,000 people.


As one of the toughest conditions to diagnose and treat, mitochondrial diseases contain a host of symptoms and can affect almost any bodily function.


While treatment plans often include changes in diet and reducing or preventing specific symptoms, unfortunately there is no known cure for the chronic condition. 


Although many symptoms of mitochondrial diseases can qualify for medical marijuana, Georgia is one of the only states in the Nation where mitochondrial diseases are approved conditions for medical marijuana cards.


What are Mitochondrial Diseases?


Mitochondrial diseases are chronic conditions that create complications due to an impacted cell’s ability to generate energy. 


The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. 

They are ultimately responsible for turning your food into energy and play one of the biggest roles in producing your body’s energy.


When mitochondria are unable to provide the amount of energy our cells require, the cells will begin to have problems functioning and eventually start to die. 


When this happens, it is called mitochondrial disease. 


Because the mitochondria exist in cells across the entire body, malfunctions and cellular death can occur anywhere in our system. This is part of what makes diagnosing mitochondrial diseases so difficult, they can occur anywhere and are accompanied by a range of symptoms related to where the mitochondria are being affected.

3 Easy Steps


Step 1

Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout the State! 


Step 2

Attend a virtual evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.


Step 3

With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your card via email from the Georgia  Board of Pharmacy.

What are the Symptoms of Mitochondrial Diseases?


Perhaps the most complicated problem with mitochondrial diseases are their symptoms. 


Mitochondrial diseases can present any symptom, in any part of the body, at any severity, and at any age. 


Often requiring extensive medical testing to locate and diagnose, mitochondrial diseases have been linked to a range of problems including but not limited to: 




The truth is, because mitochondrial diseases can affect the life of cells in any location in the body, nearly any symptom could be linked to the existence of mitochondrial diseases, and as such they require very specific detailed medical tests to diagnose confidently.


Can Medical Marijuana Help Mitochondrial Diseases? 


Medical marijuana has shown high efficacy in treating or assisting with a wide variety of symptoms that mitochondrial diseases can cause. 


Epilepsy and pain relief are both symptoms of mitochondrial diseases that medical marijuana can be used for, and they are commonly treated with CBD and THC. 


As an anti-inflammatory, mood booster, and by increasing quality of sleep, patients with mitochondrial diseases may also see benefits in these areas. 


Anecdotal reports also suggest that quality of life may improve by using cannabis to treat symptoms of mitochondrial diseases. 


Because mitochondrial disease really can present itself at any time or place in the body to produce any number of symptoms, Georgia has approved the condition as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana patients. 


If you’re interested in learning more about treating symptoms of mitochondrial diseases with cannabis, consult with one of our medical marijuana professionals and they can help you navigate the right options for you.

Get Your Georgia Marijuana Card 

As a Georgia marijuana patient, you can legally purchase up to 20 ounces of low THC cannabis oil. For Georgians, this means getting the relief you need naturally and organically, and Georgia Marijuana Card is here to help. 


Feel free to give us a call at (866) 781-5606, and we can help answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Georgia.

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