Common Qualifying Medical Conditions
Below are the most common qualifying conditions treatable with medical marijuana. Click on each ailment to learn more about how medical marijuana can help you.
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One of the most common conditions we see at Green Health Docs is pain. Though the term varies by which state you may live in, pain is generally defined as chronic, intractable or severe. This makes pain the most common qualifying condition for literally millions of patients.
Below are just a few of the many types of medical conditions that can render qualifying chronic pain in a potential medical marijuana patient:
- Arthritis or Severe Joint or Nerve Pain
- Back, Neck or Spinal Injury
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Recurring Headaches or Migraines
- Cancer or Terminal Illness
- Psychological Stress (PTSD or severe anxiety)
- Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spasms or Other Debilitating Pains
Click here to read our in-depth analysis of pain and medical marijuana.
Green Health Docs States That List Pain as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call):
Research now shows that cannabis is beneficial in more ways than just topical treatment or pain tolerance. In fact, cannabis may be able to treat a variety of psychological disorders. One of the most common conditions we see at Green Health Docs is PTSD.
Below are 10 of the most common psychological conditions that our doctors at Green Health Docs have seen in qualifying states:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Agoraphobia or Other Severe Phobias
Click here to read our breakdown of why PTSD can be treatable with medical marijuana.
Green Health Docs States That List PTSD as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call):
Another common condition we see at Green Health Docs is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is defined as a disorder affecting the body causing widespread musculoskeletal pain. Other negative side effects of fibromyalgia include insomnia, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, anxiety, depression, mood swings, severe joint or tissue pain, and memory recall loss or missing time.
There do appear to be some triggers that can bring on a flare up of fibromyalgia, or trigger the illness entirely. Below are some of the possible triggers of this disorder in patients:
- Repeated injuries to the same area
- Traumatic event – physical or emotional
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Severe Stress
- Preexisting autoimmune disease
- Genetics (passed to a patient through genes)
Click here to read our in-depth look at fibromyalgia and using medical marijuana.
Green Health Docs States That List Fibromyalgia (or Pain) as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call):
A tragically common condition we see at Green Health Docs is cancer. In states where cannabis is legal, it’s no surprise that many cancer patients and their loved ones have considered the possibility of trying medical marijuana.
Below are just a few of the many types of cancer that may be treatable with medical marijuana:
- Skin cancer
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Colorectal cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Click here to learn about the promising research between cancer and medical cannabis.
Green Health Docs States That List Cancer as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call):
Gastrointestinal conditions are commonly seen at Green Health Docs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition caused by the immune system abnormally responding to natural intestinal bacteria and fungi. The two types of IBD are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease can affect any portion of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, and can cause damage to the full thickness of your intestines.
Below are some symptoms of IBD, Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease:
- Diarrhea and/or passage of mucus without blood or pus
- Abdominal cramping
- Weight loss
- Fever and sweats
- Malaise/ fatigue
- Blood in stools
- Fistulas, abscesses
- Non-GI conditions like arthritis, uveitis, or liver disease
Click here to learn more about how medical marijuana can treat GI issues.
Green Health Docs States That List IBD, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call):
This tragic ailment is another common condition we see at Green Health Docs. Parkinson’s slows a patient’s motor skills, sometimes to the point of immobility.
Below are some of the key signs of the disease:
- Balancing Issues
- Bradykinesia, or Slow Movement
- Automatic Movement Impairment
- Altered Posture
- Speech & Writing Difficulty
Click here to learn what the scientific, medical and Parkinson’s-awareness communities have to say about cannabis.
Green Health Docs States That List Parkinson’s as a Qualifying Condition (or allow a licensed physician to make the call, or allow side effects like pain):