EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — An East Rutherford doctor who dispenses medical marijuana could be seeing several new female patients if a group of lawmakers in Trenton succeeds in adding menstrual cramps and uterine contractions to their list of qualifying conditions.
The quality of life would improve for hundreds of women who suffer from the condition, physician Anthony Anzalone said.
"It's a wonder drug," the doctor told Daily Voice. "It would help [menstrual cramps] greatly either in an oil form or topical ointment."
Cannabis contains an anti-inflammatory, which "does a number on" anything that causes pain, the doctor said.
Marijuana doesn't cure a condition but it does treat the symptoms, he said. And unlike opiates, Anzalone said he can sleep soundly knowing his patients won't develop an addiction.
"It's a very clean drug," he said. "It's a plant. I haven't had any problems with it — it didn't affect anyone badly and no one got hooked.
"It just doesn't happen, as opposed to the opiates."
CLICK HERE for the list of conditions that qualify New Jersey residents for the municipal medical marijuana program.
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