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New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

Numerous chronic medical conditions’ symptoms can be effectively treated with medical marijuana. Cannabis is used by patients in New Mexico because it enables them to regain lost functions and participate once more in their daily activities.

If you meet the requirements, submit a brief application, get a doctor’s recommendation, and have a qualifying condition, you can get a medical marijuana card in New Mexico. With a card, both qualifying patients and primary caregivers are exempt from the state’s marijuana excise tax and permitted to possess up to 15 ounces of cannabis from authorized dispensaries.

There are currently 28 medical conditions that can qualify a patient for medical marijuana under the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), which was established by the New Mexico Department of Health. The following are a few of the ailments that medical marijuana users in the state of New Mexico most frequently treat with cannabis-based products.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Agitation, aggression, and unusual behavior are brought on by the cognitive changes brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. THC and CBD, two of marijuana’s calming cannabinoids, calm Alzheimer’s patients and help them control their emotions.

THC and CBD may have a neuroprotective effect that helps shield brain cells from the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, although more research is needed in this area.

Cancer

Anxiety, anorexia, and physical pain are all effects of cancer. Frequently, nausea and discomfort are side effects of chemotherapy and other traditional treatments. Cancer patients also have to deal with depression and anxiety brought on by the stress of their diagnosis.

Medical marijuana works to increase appetite and reduce nausea. Patients who increase their calorie intake can strengthen their bodies as they recover. Additionally, the calming effect can aid patients in regulating their emotions and thoughts.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

The neurodegenerative condition called ALS impairs muscle movement and results in spasticity and uncontrolled spasms. Anecdotal evidence suggests that medical marijuana enhances appetite and improves sleep in ALS patients. Cannabis also relieves patients’ painful and uncomfortable muscle contractures.

Although more research is required, scientists are currently looking into the relationship between THC’s antioxidant effect and a delay in the progression of ALS.

Epilepsy

It has been demonstrated that medical marijuana lowers seizure frequency and incidence. Scientists are looking into this, but one theory is that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana interfere with the brain’s signaling system that causes seizures.

According to anecdotal evidence, cannabis strains with a higher CBD content are the best for controlling seizures. The marijuana plant contains a non-psychoactive cannabinoid called CBD.

Crohn’s Disease

Significant gastric discomfort, pain, and appetite changes are all symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Chronic discomfort and abdominal pain related to flare-ups can both be relieved with cannabis. Additionally, marijuana increases appetite, treats nausea, and lessens diarrhea.

Twenty-one out of thirty patients who took part in an observational study of patients who smoked medical marijuana said their symptoms significantly improved and they used fewer other medications. Cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties may also lessen Crohn’s disease flare-ups.

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Full List of New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

New Mexico recognizes the following conditions for medical marijuana treatment:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral therapy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hospice care
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inclusion body myositis
  • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Lewy body disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe anorexia/cachexia
  • Severe chronic pain
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Spinal cord injury with associated intractable spasticity
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Ulcerative colitis

Don’t Have a Qualifying Condition on This List?

Only one of the aforementioned requirements will be accepted by New Mexico for its MMJ card application. The Sanctuary can assist you if you’re uncertain about your diagnosis. Our compassionate staff can go over the prerequisites for patient applications and refer you to a qualified medical marijuana doctor to evaluate your condition and its suitability for treatment with adult-use marijuana. If you meet the requirements, we can assist you in enrolling in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program and obtaining your medical cannabis card quickly.

Additionally, the state has a petitioning procedure that patients and advocacy groups can use to ask for the addition of new diagnoses to the list of medical conditions that qualify. If you want to carry out that process, we can also guide you through it.

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