If you’re looking to get your hands on a medical marijuana card, you have to meet your state’s qualifications — medically. Every legalized state has a list of qualifying medical conditions that they deem appropriate for MMJ. While some states have long lists of medical conditions, others have very restrictive lists that make it tougher to receive your card. Knowing what condition qualifies you for an MMJ card in your state is very important because this is the first thing you need to satisfy when applying for the card.

However, as diverse as the list can be, some medical marijuana qualifying conditions are common to virtually all states with legalized medical cannabis. So, in this article, let us check out some of the most common medical conditions and the states where they will qualify you for an MMJ card.

qualifying medical conditions

Cancer 

Cancer is the general name for a wide range of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably. These debilitating conditions have the ability to destroy the normal body tissue, and they are one of the most common terminal conditions in the world. Cancer works by infiltrating and destroying tissue by altering the expected growth of cells. In addition, it may also lead to the formation of tumors, and if these tumors are untreated, it can interfere with the different systems of the body.

Research into rats has revealed that cannabinoids can inhibit tumor growth by blocking the growth of cells or inhibiting the development of the blood vessels that tumors need to grow. In the treatment of patients with cancer, medical marijuana helps to stimulate their appetite. This is very important because the loss of appetite is one of the significant effects of chemotherapy. In addition, medical marijuana also provides some form of pain relief for cancer patients.

In addition to these benefits, others more individualistic support from MMJ. It simply depends on what you need most during these hard times! Simply put, medical marijuana for cancer appears to be quite promising — it's no wonder it's a common medical marijuana qualifying condition.

States Where Cancer Qualifies for an MMJ card

Some of the states that have cancer as one of the qualifying medical conditions for obtaining an MMJ card include:

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It is a chronic autoimmune disease that makes your immune system mistakenly attack your healthy tissues. Crohn’s disease is ongoing, and when it starts, it affects only a tiny part of the gastrointestinal tract. However, this disease could potentially progress more extensively and aggressively.

Crohn’s disease and its symptoms vary depending on the actual part of the gastrointestinal tract affected. However, the most common symptoms are abdominal cramp, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, and anemia. Some patients with Crohn’s disease experience non-intestinal symptoms such as fistulas and inflammation of tissues surrounding the bile ducts, which are often more problematic. The cannabinoids found in cannabis bind to the receptors located in the brain, which helps regulate the gastrointestinal tract. Also, both CBD and THC help to relieve Crohn’s symptoms. In particular, THC helps to reduce inflammation while relieving pain and stimulating low appetite. It also helps to reduce nausea and vomiting.

States Where Crohn’s Disease Qualifies for an MMJ card

Crohn’s disease is one of the medical conditions for an MMJ card in states such as: 

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain, also known as severe pain, has different definitions. However, it is commonly defined as a pain that lasts longer than six months and daily. There are various causes of severe pain, including headaches, acute/traumatic injury, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinus pain, degenerative arthritis, and more.

Studies have shown that marijuana can treat chronic pain with inflammatory and neuropathic origins. This is because cannabinoids release endogenous opioids that moderates your body’s response to pain. Some studies show that cannabis works just like codeine, a narcotic pain reliever, in controlling discomfort. The only — and most significant — difference is that it is a safer option than codeine. Other studies have shown that medical marijuana is a non-addictive and more effective painkiller and a better alternative to opioid pain relievers. 

States Where Chronic Pain Qualifies for an MMJ card

Chronic pain is one of the medical conditions for an MMJ card in:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.

Please note that specific conditions must be satisfied for a doctor to categorize the pain as severe/chronic pain in some states.

HIV/Aids

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) refers to a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It damages your immune system and interferes with the ability of your body to fight diseases and infections. Several studies suggest that cannabis helps manage HIV/Aids by eliminating nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss which are all symptoms of HIV/Aids. It can also help patients living with HIV/Aids to regain their weight.

States Where HIV/Aids Qualifies for an MMJ card

HIV/Aids is a medical marijuana qualifying condition for an MMJ card in states such as:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. 

How Elevate Holistics Can Help

Of course, there are many other qualifying conditions that you may be able to get your medical card for, like PTSD or autism. At Elevate Holistics, we are specialists in helping MMJ patients have access to marijuana effortlessly. We offer faster and more convenient telehealth services that are as effective as physical health services. But, you get to do them from the comfort of your home! What else could you ask for?

With help from Elevate Holistics, you can get your MMJ card as soon as possible. No matter what your qualifying medical condition may be — or if you’re unsure you even have one — we’re the ones to turn to for all things medical marijuana.