What is Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis is medicinal due to its cannabinoids, chemical compounds found naturally in the plant. Medical marijuana is medicine derived from the cannabis plant that is used to treat specific conditions and diseases.

States with medical marijuana programs have passed legislation through their government to legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal use. These states have unique rules about who can grow, sell, and use medical cannabis.

Each state runs its medical marijuana program independently. Everything from the formats of cannabis that qualified patients can consume to the number of cannabis plants patients can grow at home is governed by the state legislature.

In many states where marijuana is recreationally legal, there are still programs exclusive to medical marijuana patients that provide them with access to higher potency products, greater cultivation allowances, and the ability to purchase more cannabis at one time.

Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying conditions are the diagnosable conditions that patients may seek medical marijuana to help treat. Each state has a different list of qualifying conditions. The following conditions are among the most commonly approved for use of medical cannabis.

  • Cancer / Chemotherapy
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases (Lou Gehrig’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Glaucoma & Alzheimer’s)
  • Pain
  • PTSD

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