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Montana Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

For many people with burdensome medical conditions that reduce their quality of life and interfere with their ability to go about their daily lives, medical marijuana can be life-changing. Many physical and psychological conditions that do not respond well to conventional treatment can be effectively treated with cannabis.

Others find that medical marijuana effectively manages the negative side effects of their conventional treatments. Many states concur that, when used consistently in accordance with a doctor’s advice, cannabis offers effective symptom relief without serious adverse side effects and a low risk of dependence, despite the fact that the body of research surrounding medical marijuana is still nascent.

Only those patients who have a qualifying medical condition that has been approved by the state and is acknowledged by a licensed physician are granted medicinal marijuana cards by the Montana Department of Health. These qualifying conditions are covered in this article, along with how cannabis can help treat them.

Knowing the approved medical uses of cannabis for adult use will help you prepare for a conversation with a qualified medical marijuana doctor, and learning how to apply for a medical cannabis card in Montana will help you follow state regulations and submit a strong application.

Crohn’s Disease

Intestinal inflammation that results in pain, cramping, bloating, and other gastric symptoms is known as Crohn’s disease. Many people with this condition struggle to keep their weight in check due to nausea and appetite loss.

Cannabis is a potent analgesic with anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease the frequency and diminish the intensity of flare-ups. By reducing queasiness and increasing appetite, it can also improve nutritional intake.


Neuropathic pain, nausea, appetite loss, depression, and anxiety can all be side effects of cancer, as well as results of the chemotherapy and radiation treatments used to treat it. By making it difficult to adhere to these treatments, these side effects put patients’ recovery at risk.

Cancer patients can consume more calories to maintain their strength thanks to medical marijuana’s ability to alleviate nausea and stimulate appetite. Cannabis successfully reduces nerve pain, thereby improving overall quality of life. Some patients also turn to marijuana to treat the anxiety and depressive symptoms that come with not knowing their diagnosis.

Muscle Spasms

Contracture, which is typically brought on by a neurological condition or a serious injury, leads to muscle spasms. It becomes challenging to function as a result of the tension and inflammation that follow, which cause widespread, incapacitating pain. Fortunately, inflammation can be reduced and this contracture can be avoided with the aid of medical marijuana.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be a side effect of surgery or a traumatic injury, a medical condition, nerve damage, or both. The opioid painkillers that are frequently prescribed come with a high risk of dependence, numerous harmful physical side effects, and the potential to impair cognitive function.

Medical marijuana effectively masks chronic pain that can make performing daily tasks difficult by preventing pain signals from reaching the nervous system. Cannabis often has less severe side effects and a lower chance of dependence than traditional medications.


Overstimulation of the brain’s danger response leads to post-traumatic stress disorder. People with PTSD experience an uncontrollable hyper-state of arousal. This strains the body, brings on anxiety and depression, ruins sleep, and makes it challenging to go about daily activities.

For its calming properties, medical marijuana is used by many patients. Cannabis can reduce anxiety and ease tension, thereby alleviating PTSD symptoms. Antidepressants and other prescribed medications for the disorder, which are ineffective for some people, can be augmented by or replaced with cannabis.

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Full List of Montana Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

Medical marijuana recommendations in Montana are only permitted if a patient has at least one of the following diagnoses, in accordance with the state’s medical marijuana laws:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic and painful spasticity or muscle spasms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
  • Glaucoma
  • Hospice care
  • Intractable nausea or vomiting
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Severe chronic pain that significantly interferes with daily activities
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

It’s critical to keep in mind that cannabis is not a cure for any illness or disorder. Marijuana simply aids in the management of symptoms.

Don’t Have a Qualifying Condition on This List?

The Sanctuary can assist you if you are unsure whether your diagnosis qualifies you for an MMJ ID card in the state of Montana.

Although Montana has a limited list of accepted conditions, several fall under the more general categories. Our staff can respond to your inquiries about eligibility and put you in touch with a licensed medical marijuana practitioner who, if necessary, can issue a Physician Statement. You can then use that declaration as a qualified patient to submit an application to join the Montana Medical Marijuana Program and obtain an official Montana MMJ card.