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Qualifying Medical Conditions

Due to the extensive number of endocannabinoid receptors spread throughout our bodies, over 22 health conditions qualify for treatment with medical cannabis.

While chronic pain is the # 1 reason people seek treatment with medical cannabis, Utah has designated the following conditions as being eligible for certification:​

  • Arthritis or Severe Joint or Nerve Pain

  • Recurring Headaches or Migraines

  • Spasms or Other Debilitating Pains

  • Epilepsy or Debilitating Seizures

  • Autism

  • Back, Neck or Spinal Injury

  • Cancer or Terminal Illness

  • Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Alzheimer's

  • Cachexia (profound weight loss with inability to gain weight)

  • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care

  • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:

    • pregnancy

    • cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome

    • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist (defined here), and that:

    • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or

    • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN

  • HIV or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

  • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions

  • A condition that the Compassionate Use Board approves (once established) on a case-by-case basis

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