Mayo Clinic gynecologists are making it simpler for patients in need to access a medical cannabis product.
Starting Tuesday, the Mayo Clinic will start issuing a limited number of cannabis edibles, which include cannabis-infused cookies and tinctures, and cannabidiol-infusion oils.
The Mayo Clinic says it’s a way for doctors to help patients navigate the medical cannabis industry and is not the first clinic to offer a product like this.
As the nation’s third-largest cancer center, the University of Minnesota has offered a cannabis-based medication called Nootropic since 2015, and other medical centers have also begun to offer the product.
The FDA has approved cannabis products in the past, but they typically don’t last long.
The Mayo clinic said the edibles it plans to offer are meant to give patients the option of a low-THC or high-CBD oil.
“We’re working on making it easy for patients and their caregivers to access this product, which is very important to our patients and to our mission,” said Dr. Scott McAllister, medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
The new edibles are available in capsules and in liquid form.
While the Mayo clinic is working with other medical institutions to offer edibles and is working to increase the number of patients with access to the product, McAllisters hopes it will be a model for other medical organizations.
“There’s a lot of potential for these products to become an option for patients,” he said.
“But, if it doesn’t work out, they can go to a pharmacy, they don’t have to go to the Mayo Center.”
While the eds aren’t as easy to make as traditional oils, McAsister said the cannabids in the pills can be diluted to make a more concentrated form that can be stored in the patient’s refrigerator.
McAsisters said the pill-form products are meant for patients who have a high tolerance for THC and CBD.
The pills can last up to three months, he said, and can also be dispensed as an oil-based gel or as a tablet.
The cannabiodiol-oil gel can be used to make an edible that contains THC and is more convenient than taking a THC-based pill, McAulish said.
“It’s a great way to help relieve pain, nausea, anxiety,” he added.
“We are looking at the next step in our development of these products.”