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The complete list of qualifying conditions for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card

The complete list of qualifying conditions for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card

Here in Massachusetts, you’re fortunate enough to be able to choose between purchasing cannabis at recreational shop or a dispensary like Revolutionary Clinics. Naturally, we believe our knowledge, selection and exceptional service (like delivery in the Boston area) make us a better choice over recreational shops but we’ve also written about the 5 reasons why a Massachusetts medical marijuana card is still a good idea. If you agree, the first thing you need in order to get a Massachusetts MMJ card is written confirmation of a qualifying condition from a certifying physician.

According to the Guidance for Physicians Regarding the Medical Use of Marijuana document on the state of Massachusetts’ website, the list of qualifying conditions includes: “cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis (when such diseases are debilitating), and other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying physician.

This post is all about those “other debilitating conditions” because, let’s face it, the initial list of conditions provided by the state is pretty limited. For a more comprehensive summary of conditions that can help you get a Massachusetts MMJ card, we turned to our friends at Medwell Health who visit our dispensaries regularly to share their knowledge and answer questions from our patients and staff alike. Here are the other conditions, illnesses, symptoms and disorders you won’t find on the state’s website but fall into the category of “other debilitating conditions”:

Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health Disorders

Sometimes, despite your best efforts to be positive, disciplined and mindful with your thoughts and actions, your brain has other ideas that can create major disruptions in your life. Seeking professional help from a counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist should always be your first step in dealing with your mental health but cannabis can also be a tremendous help with conditions like the ones below:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Insomnia
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
  • Major Depression
  • Mania
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Chronic Pain

Physical pain can take a heavy toll on your quality life and for far too many people, prescription medications and opioids make a bad situation even worse. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis and we’ve helped countless patients to find relief from a wide array of physical problems. If you’re suffering from one of the conditions below, a certifying physician can help you get your Massachusetts MMJ card and thanks to the new initial access certification law, you can receive your medicine the same day with no waiting period.

  • Ankylosis
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
  • Arthropathy, gout
  • Back Pain
  • Back Sprain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Migraine
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)
  • Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Degenerative Arthropathy
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Headaches, Cluster
  • Headaches, Tension
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Impotence
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Intractable Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peritoneal Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Prostatitis
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Reiter’s Syndrome
  • Residual Limb Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rosacea
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1)
  • Severe Pain
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Sinusitis
  • Whiplash
  • Writers’ Cramp

Digestive Problems

Crohn’s Disease is one of the qualifying conditions in the state law but what about other problems related to your digestive health and the pain and discomfort that result from them? Here are the other conditions that a certifying physician can cite when approving you for a Massachusetts MMJ card.

  • Acute Gastritis
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intractable Vomiting
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Disorders, Diseases and Conditions

If you haven’t found your condition, symptom or source of suffering in your life, chances are it’s in the list below. From the embarrassment of Alopecia Areata and the discomfort of Eczema to the frustration of Tinnitus and the fatigue of Viral Hepatitis, the state of Massachusetts is sympathetic to the plight of patients struggling with a wide range of disorders and diseases, including:

  • Acquired Hypothyroidism
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amphetamine Dependency
  • Amyloidosis
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Anorexia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Any Chronic Medical Symptom that Limits Major Life Activities
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bruxism
  • Bulimia
  • Cachexia
  • Causalgia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Disk Disease
  • Cervicobrachial Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Cocaine Dependence
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Darier’s Disease
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Diabetes, Adult Onset
  • Diabetes, Insulin Dependent
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Dystonia
  • Eczema
  • Elevated Intraocular Pressure
  • Emphysema
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Epididymitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Felty’s Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Glaucoma
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Graves Disease
  • Hemophilia A
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
  • Hospice Patients
  • Hydromyelia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Lipomatosis
  • Melorheostosis
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Motion Sickness
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myeloid Leukemia
  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Obesity
  • Opiate Dependence
  • Porphyria
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
  • Psoriasis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Scoliosis
  • Sedative Dependence
  • Seizures
  • Senile Dementia
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe Vomiting
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Sjoren’s Syndrome
  • Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
  • Stuttering
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Terminal Illness
  • Thyroiditis
  • Tic Douloureux
  • Tietze’s Syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome


At Revolutionary Clinics, we’re here to connect you with all the information, resources and advice you need to make informed decisions about your wellness. If you have detailed questions and prefer to talk with one of our cannabis experts via email, please fill out the form on our website and we’ll get right back to you!



5 Responses

  1. What if my current doctor doesn’t believe in medical marijuana, how can I obtain my medical card? I’m 66 years old I have bad arthritis in my hands, and developed ulcers this summer.

    1. Hello BettyGould, I would advise you check out the MMJ Clinics. Yes, your doctor should be your first go to but if he/she doesn’t believe in the power of cannabis then you are better off seeking care elsewhere.

  2. I have crippling OCD, anxiety, and depression. It makes everyday tasks very difficult and I have trouble ever being comfortable. I feel like medical marijuana would help. I just turned 18 and I’m scared to talk to my parents about it. Should I go to my PC doctor? I’m also scared she might just dismiss me and think I’m just a kid who wants to do drugs. I’ve tried several medications and they all come with terrible side effects. I want to try this but I don’t know where to start.

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