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Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

If the effects of a medical condition make it difficult for you to work, have fun with your friends and family, or go about your daily activities, you might be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Washington D.C. Healthcare professionals in Washington D.C. are permitted to recommend medicinal cannabis for any medical condition they believe will benefit from marijuana treatment under the direction of the district’s Department of Health (DOH).

Washington D.C. has a comprehensive medical marijuana program for residents, and medicinal cannabis programs are expanding worldwide as patients see considerable benefits from the treatment. While marijuana cannot heal every illness, it can effectively and safely treat many conditions’ symptoms and improve patients’ quality of life.

As access to marijuana products increases, so does the knowledge of scientists and medical professionals regarding the therapeutic benefits and widespread applicability of cannabis products. Continue reading to become familiar with many of the most prevalent qualifying medical conditions that you might be able to treat with medicinal marijuana.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be brought on by various chronic medical conditions, nerve damage, aging-related changes, long-term effects of an injury, or degenerative changes. Medical professionals now see medical marijuana as a safe substitute for opioids and other medications used to treat chronic pain.

Cannabis prevents pain signals from being sent by nervous system receptors. The messages can be muted to relieve the discomfort and physical limitations. Compared to many traditional medications, medical marijuana is effective, has a low risk of dependence, and has few side effects.

Additionally, qualified patients frequently report that cannabis causes less cognitive impairment than opioid medications.


Cancer results in suffering, worry, and stress. The treatments intended to kill cancer cells also target healthy cells, causing nauseousness, lack of appetite, discomfort, inflammation, disturbed sleep, and neuropathy.

Cannabis helps many people cope with the negative effects of cancer treatment by increasing appetite and reducing bouts of nausea. Patients are able to absorb enough nutrition and maintain their body weight thanks to the adverse effects of their conditions being diminished.

Cannabis’s pain-killing properties help reduce discomfort and functional problems, and they do so with fewer side effects than opiate painkillers. Cannabis’s calming effects can boost mood, reduce anxiety, and improve one’s quality of sleep.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that impairs a person’s ability to move, think, and feel. Patients who use medical marijuana frequently experience pain relief and less muscle cramping as a result of cannabis use.

Some people report feeling better about their tremors and frozen sensations. Parkinson’s disease sufferers may experience improved movement and functionality due to cannabis’ effects on the nervous system and discomfort.

Cannabis’s calming qualities also help with restless leg syndrome, depression, and anxiety symptoms, as well as sleep quality. Mood stabilization improves patients’ quality of life while assisting them in adjusting to their diagnoses.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Agitation, aggression, and violent outbursts are all symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease-related memory and cognitive changes. Patients who use medical marijuana can better control their emotions thanks to its stabilizing effects on mood.

The calming effects of cannabis can enhance patients’ general wellbeing and compliance with standard treatments. Researchers believe that medical cannabis may help slow the disease’s progression, but research is still in its early stages. Researchers are still examining whether THC and CBD have any neuroprotective properties.

Parkinson’s Disease

Traditional medications, which may produce adverse effects, are commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Medical marijuana does not directly treat Parkinson’s disease, although it can help treat its symptoms.

Medical marijuana can help with nausea and discomfort in particular. Additionally, PD patients who take medicinal marijuana may have less anxiety and sleep difficulties. Furthermore, medicinal marijuana can increase patients’ appetites and make it easier for them to maintain a healthy weight.


Specific types of pediatric epilepsy are managed using one of the only cannabis treatments that has received FDA approval. While research is ongoing, medical marijuana is frequently recommended by doctors to treat other types of epilepsy and seizure disorders.

According to recent research, medical marijuana may lessen stress, anxiety, and abnormal neural activity that cause epileptic episodes while also reducing the severity of seizures when they do happen.

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Full List of Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

In Washington D.C., healthcare professionals are permitted to recommend medical marijuana for any condition if they think it can help treat that condition’s symptoms. The best way to find out if cannabis can benefit you is to speak with a knowledgeable medical marijuana physician.

Cannabis may help people with chronic conditions like colitis, neuropathy, arthritis, autism, neurodegenerative disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other illnesses manage their pain, sleep disturbances, digestive distress, and mood swings.

You may also be eligible for a medical marijuana card if you suffer from the side effects of progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), HIV/AIDS, or terminal illness.

Don’t Have a Qualifying Condition on This List?

For medical marijuana patients with a wide range of conditions that don’t respond to conventional treatments (like muscle spasms or glaucoma), using medical marijuana can be transformative.

The Sanctuary can put you in touch with a doctor who can determine whether you qualify for medical marijuana. Your medical marijuana physician will then help you grasp the potential advantages and disadvantages of medical cannabis treatment.

We can provide guidance on each step of the application process once you’ve made the decision to apply for a medical cannabis card. The application must be submitted on your behalf by a designated caregiver if you are a minor (under the age of 18).

So that you can obtain a card and begin buying medical cannabis products like edibles, tinctures, and topicals from authorized dispensaries in the District of Columbia, our staff will help you submit a strong MMJ card application.

To find out more, call us today.