Maryland Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

To qualify for medical marijuana in Maryland, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a qualifying physician as having:

A. Chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care.

or

B. Chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces:

  1. Cachexia, Anorexia, or Wasting Syndrome
  2. Severe or Chronic Pain
  3. Severe nausea
  4. Seizures
  5. Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms

or

C. A diagnosis for glaucoma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cachexia (wasting syndrome)

A condition where patients experience loss of appetite resulting in severe weight loss. Luckily medical marijuana gives patients the ability to fight back cachexia by increasing appetite and lowering nausea.

Anorexia

A physical and psychological eating disorder, where a patient has difficulty maintaining ideal body weight. Medical marijuana can help control appetite along with treat anxiety and associate a positive emotional feeling with food intake.

Severe, debilitating, or chronic pain

A pain that lasts for 3 months or more, once the injury or wound has been healed. Studies show medical cannabis can regulate pain, mood, and sleep.

Severe nausea

It is characterized as an urge to vomit due to an uneasy feeling in the upper stomach. Inhaling medical marijuana is more effective since it doesn’t have to be swallowed like traditional medication.

Seizures, including those characteristics of epilepsy

Seizures can cause a patient to appear confused, unresponsive and may result in loss conscious and convulsions. Medical cannabis can help facilitate the electrical activity in the brain and reduce the occurrence of seizures.

Severe and persistent muscle spasms

These are involuntary contractions of the muscle primarily caused by dehydration, muscle fatigue, and electrolyte abnormalities. Treatment with marijuana can reduce inflammation and reduce the patients feeling of pain.

Glaucoma

The second leading cause of blindness in the world with no noticeable symptoms is a disease that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve due to pressure buildup. Medical cannabis has been shown to be able to lower eye pressure and stop vision loss before it causes permanent blindness.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

A psychiatric disorder developed after a life threating experience that causes symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and an increased flight-or-flight reaction. Medical marijuana can alter a person’s physical and mental state and lower anxiety, induce better sleep and fight depression, all factors of PTSD.