Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

If the symptoms of a persistent medical condition limit your ability to enjoy life, work, or perform daily activities, medical marijuana could help. Over the last 20 years, doctors and patients nationwide embraced cannabis as an effective form of symptom management.

While medical marijuana does not cure any serious conditions, it can enhance your quality of life and help you regain lost functioning. For many illnesses, cannabis induces fewer side effects than conventional medications.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control program issues medical marijuana cards to Ohio residents with qualifying medical conditions. If you meet the eligibility requirements, becoming a medical marijuana patient is a simple process you can complete entirely online. Read on to learn about the conditions that can make you a qualifying patient under Ohio law.

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1: Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease causes chronic inflammation of the bowels, pain, and nausea. Research is ongoing, but doctors speculate that the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis help reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups.

Cannabis reduces bowel motility and gastric secretions that contribute to Crohn's symptoms. Patients have reported decreased abdominal pain, improved appetite, reduced nausea, and improvement of diarrhea symptoms from medical marijuana use.

2: Cancer

One of the pioneering uses of medical marijuana was to manage cancer symptoms and help patients deal with the side effects of treatment. Many cancer patients rely on cannabis to control their pain and neuropathy.

Medical marijuana can effectively ease nausea and stimulate appetite. This effect makes maintaining nutrition and body weight, vital components for successful cancer care, easier. The calming and uplifting effects of cannabis help many patients deal with the anxiety and depression caused by their diagnosis.

3: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Patients turn to cannabis to help their IBS symptoms. The illness causes gastric distress, nausea, cramping, pain, and diarrhea. Coping with the unpredictability of the disease creates anxiety and depression for many people.

Medical marijuana can help calm the bowels thanks to its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects. Patients often report diminished abdominal pain and nausea from cannabis use. Cannabis also improves mood, making day-to-day life better for those grappling with IBS.

4: Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries, which result from trauma to the head, cause headaches, cognitive difficulties, memory issues, nerve damage, and seizures. Many patients develop depression and anxiety as a result of their condition.

Medical marijuana can help stabilize mood and manage chronic headaches. Researchers also believe cannabis provides neuroprotective effects by reducing inflammation in the brain. Studies are in their earliest stages, but these properties may offer additional benefits to patients with cognitive and memory issues.

5: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder involves a prolonged elevated stress response. The resulting hyperarousal causes anxiety, depression, and difficulty performing daily activities. Patients often experience sleeplessness, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and exhaustion.

Studies have shown that THC helps quiet the amygdala, the area of the brain that is hyperactive in those with PTSD. This regulation reduces heightened arousal, allowing patients to calm down and de-stress.

The soothing effects of medical marijuana can help with insomnia and quiet persistent thoughts. The uplifting effects ease depression and anxiety symptoms.

Full List of Ohio Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

In the state of Ohio, medical marijuana doctors can only issue marijuana recommendations for the following conditions.

Common diagnoses that patients receive marijuana certification for include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic migraines
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

Don’t Have A Qualifying Condition on This List

Ohio only accepts diagnoses from the qualifying conditions list. If you do not have an approved qualifying condition, the State Medical Board of Ohio accepts petitions to add new diagnoses each year.

You may be unsure whether your diagnosis makes you eligible for the use of medical marijuana. Fortunately, the Sanctuary can help. Our team will review your case and connect you with an experienced medical marijuana physician who can issue a recommendation for medical marijuana if medically justified.

We can then guide you through Ohio's online application process to get you rapid approval so you can start purchasing medical cannabis from Ohio dispensaries with your MMJ card as soon as possible.