Qualifying Debilitating Medical Conditions

Physicians recommend the use of medical cannabis for patients who would benefit from the positive side effects as an addition to current treatment regimens. Only patients who have been certified by a physician as having a qualified debilitating medical condition can register with the Illinois Department of Public Health to obtain a medical marijuana registry identification card.

Cannabis is often recommended to improve quality of life for people who have critical and chronic illnesses. Talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options to decide whether cannabis is right for you. The effectiveness of cannabis varies from patient to patient and depends on illness or condition.

The following are a list of medical conditions currently approved in the state of Illinois:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limp pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)