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How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas
The Arkansas medical marijuana program has been in full swing since 2019, and for those wondering what conditions qualify for an Arkansas marijuana card, we’ve got you covered.
Arkansas has a broad list of qualifying conditions, and some might find that medical marijuana is being used as an alternative medication for some surprising conditions.
In this article we’ll explain all of the conditions that qualify for an Arkansas medical marijuana card!
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas
Intractable Pain, or pain that hasn’t responded to ordinary treatment or surgical methods for more than six months, qualifies for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Intractable or chronic pain is one of the most common ailments cannabis is used for, to reduce or prevent generalized pain.
PTSD is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can cause severe anxiety or panic attacks as a result of a traumatic experience. This can lead to problems with sleep, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and even suicidal thoughts. Cannabis is used to reduce anxiety and panic attacks, improve quality of sleep and reduce stress.
Alzheimer’s is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas. Alzheimer’s is a neurological condition that causes abnormal brain function.
Patients use cannabis for its anti-inflammatory effects, decreased anxiety and aggression, better quality of sleep and increased mood.
ALS/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
ALS/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas. ‘
ALS is a progressive disorder that affects motor function. ALS causes rigid muscles and can include symptoms such as difficulty with speech or swallowing.
Patients with ALS use cannabis for its anti-inflammatory properties, muscle relaxation, anti-salivary effects, as well as improved sleep and quality of life.
Cancer is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Cancer patients adopted cannabis very early in the medical community. Often cannabis is used to counteract the effects of chemotherapy, increase appetite and mood, provide better quality of sleep, and in the case of certain types of cancers, cannabis has even shown the potential to help play a role in treating the cancer itself.
HIV or AIDS
HIV/AIDS is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
HIV/AIDS is an immune system virus that causes patients to have an especially vulnerable immune system. Common illnesses and infections can be life-threatening for those with compromised immune systems.
Cannabis is used to treat symptoms of HIV/AIDS and counter side effects from AIDS medications. It is often used for improved appetite, reduced nausea, improved mood, quality of life, and quality of sleep.
Glaucoma is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Glaucoma is an eye disease often occurring from heightened intraocular pressure, which can cause damage to the optic nerve and lead to loss of vision or even blindness.
Cannabis is used to reduce intraocular pressure and improve nausea, pain and headaches for patients diagnosed with glaucoma.
Hepatitis C is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the liver, and Hepatitis C is the most common form of the condition. Frequently antiretroviral medications are prescribed to treat Hepatitis C, and they come with unpleasant side effects that cannabis is used to mitigate by combating nausea, lack of appetite, and generalized pain caused by the medications or the condition.
Tourette’s syndrome is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Tourette’s Syndrome is a chronic condition that causes involuntary twitches or uncontrollable outbursts. Cannabis is used to reduce tics, quiet outbursts, reduce anxiety, and improve quality of sleep.
Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis are both inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBDs can result in symptoms such as chronic diarrhea, severe stomach pain, fatigue, and weight loss. Cannabis is used to treat stomach pains, inflammation, and reduce the need for pharmaceutical medications.
Severe arthritis is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas. Severe arthritis, or severe joint inflammation, causes stiff and rigid joints, severe pain, and can even result in impaired limb movement.
Cannabis is used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and increase muscle fluidity.
Fibromyalgia is approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arkansas. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes generalized chronic pain, fatigue, and heightened sensitivity to touch. Often those with fibromyalgia experience problems with sleep, depression and anxiety, abdominal pains, as well as numbness and tingling.
Cannabis is used to treat chronic pain, improve quality of sleep and reduce anxiety.
Arkansas also approved medical marijuana for a chronic or debilitating disease/medical condition/treatment that produces one or more of the following:
· Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
· Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
· Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis (MS)
· Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Arkansas Board of Health.
Become an Arkansas Marijuana Patient
Qualifying Arkansas patients can schedule an appointment to meet with one of our certified physicians and get approved for medical marijuana treatment.
We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way, feel free to give us a call at 844-249-8714, and we can answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Arkansas.
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