It seems like a new state legalizes medical marijuana every year. This means people are asking if they qualify for a medical marijuana card. The good news is, there are plenty of reasons to get a medical marijuana card. The bad news is, that each state has different rules, regulations, and laws surrounding the medicine. Some states only allow extracts and edibles; other states have legalized the plant itself. To make matters worse, medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Continue reading to learn if you are a good candidate for medical marijuana and how you may go about getting your card.
About the Medical Marijuana Card
Medical marijuana doesn’t operate the same way other medications do: you won’t go to the pharmacy to get medical marijuana. Instead, your physician will give you a medical marijuana card. With this card you will be able to purchase marijuana in a licensed dispensary.
What are some Common Qualifying Conditions?
- ADHD – There hasn’t been a lot of research concerning marijuana’s effects on ADHD; however, initial studies have shown promising results. It is believed that marijuana has the same effect on the brain as common medications for ADHD such as Ritalin.
- HIV/AIDS – The HIV virus destroys CD4 cells. This weakens the immune system and eventually results in other symptoms. Sadly, marijuana is not able to reverse the virus. However, what it does do is important. It relieves pain and increases appetite. AIDS patients are typically in too much pain to eat. Marijuana can help them eat a healthy diet.
- Other – Any disease that causes pain or weight loss is likely to result in being approved for a medical marijuana card. Cancer, wasting syndrome, and chronic pain are just a few of these other disorders. There are diseases that marijuana assists with that have nothing to do with pain or weight loss too. Marijuana has been shown to assist with people who suffer from seizures or epilepsy. Glaucoma is another non-pain-related condition that is treatable with marijuana. People suffering from PTSD are also likely to be approved for a medical marijuana card.
How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card
If you live in a medical marijuana state, you should first be examined by a medical professional. Even if you are already diagnosed with any of the above mentioned conditions, you should still start your process here.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about what having a medical marijuana card can do for you, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with ARR Medical Group. At our convenient location in San Juan, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!