Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Michigan, you will need to have a qualifying medical condition that is on the approved list issued by the state's Cannabis Regulatory Agency, which oversees the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). Then, as a qualifying patient, once you receive your medical cannabis identification card, you and/or your primary caregiver will be able to purchase medical marijuana products from licensed dispensaries in the state of Michigan.
Here are five of the top qualifying medical conditions that patients provide when applying for medical cannabis cards. For the full list of qualifying conditions as designated by Michigan’s medical marijuana laws, scroll to the bottom of the page.
1: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Medical marijuana has been used often to treat various symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), including muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation. Some people with MS also have found that medical marijuana helps improve their sleep quality and overall mood. While medical marijuana is not a cure for MS, it can help make the symptoms more manageable for some people.
2: Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Patients with CP often experience stiffness, muscle tightness, and involuntary movements.
Cannabis oil, with high levels of CBD, has been shown to improve muscle stiffness and spasticity as well as reduce seizures, making it an ideal form of treatment for patients with CP.
3: Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive system. The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown, but it is believed to be related to the immune system. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary from person to person, but may include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and fever.
Although there is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease, patients with the disease find that medical marijuana helps them to manage their symptoms because of its ability to relieve inflammation, pain, and nausea. It can also help to stimulate the appetite, which can be helpful for people with Crohn's disease who have trouble eating.
4: Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that causes stomach pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Medical marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of IBS because it helps to relax the muscles in the intestines, which can help to relieve cramping and pain. Additionally, marijuana can help to reduce inflammation in the gut, which can also help to improve symptoms.
Patients with IBS who use medical marijuana typically find that it helps to reduce pain and discomfort, as well as helping to improve digestive function.
5: Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. The inflammation can cause open sores, or ulcers, to form on the inside of the intestine, which can lead to pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.
Medical marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of ulcerative colitis. It can help to reduce inflammation, pain, and diarrhea. Marijuana also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which may help to calm the inflammation and pain in the gut. Additionally, the cannabinoids in marijuana may help to promote healing of the ulcers in the intestine.
Full List of Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions
Michigan state law approves the following conditions as treatable by adult-use medical marijuana:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Nail patella
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Corticobasal degeneration
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal cord injury
- Ulcerative colitis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Cerebral palsy
- Any other chronic or debilitating medical condition or associated treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including, but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy), and severe and persistent muscle spasms (including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
Don’t Have A Qualifying Condition on This List
If you're unable to find your qualifying medical condition on Michigan's list, you can still contact the Sanctuary to discuss the state's medical marijuana program and its application process.
We can connect you with a licensed and practicing Michigan medical marijuana doctor so you can receive your diagnosis, fill out your online application, become a medical cannabis patient, and start visiting dispensaries in no time.