What are the qualifying conditions?

Different states have different criteria as to what conditions marijuana can be recommended for. As a general rule of thumb, think “Any condition that has a long-term impact upon quality of life and/or is terminal.”

In California, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation and card:

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy Side-Effects
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease and Coeliac Disease)
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps arising from Conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Radiation Therapy Side-Effects
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures and conditions that cause seizures (e.g. Epilepsy)
  • Any chronic or persistent condition/symptom limits the ability for the sufferer to conduct one or more major life activities (e.g. eating, movement)

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