Texas Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions
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In recent years, many state legislations have expanded the state of Texas’ medical marijuana program allowing people diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions to participate. This is such a great initiative as it allows medical cannabis to play its part in advancing medical technology and practices within the state.

Even though cannabis is still labeled as a Schedule 1 substance on the federal level making it illegal to possess, as long as you have a valid medical marijuana card, you’re safe to consume and possess medical cannabis within the state of Texas.

A historical overview of medical cannabis in Texas

Historically, the state of Texas legalized the use of medical cannabis within the state back in 2015. The ‘Compassionate Use Act’ during that time allowed registered medical doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients with ‘intractable epilepsy’. Fortunately, the list of qualifying conditions was expanded considerably.

In 2021, HB 135 was passed, expanding the list of qualifying medical conditions under the Compassionate Use Act to include all forms of cancer and PTSD. The inclusion of PTSD within the list of qualifying conditions was a big step as this has been one of the persistent demands made by patients and activists alike. Still, there is a room for improvement within the Compassionate Use Act as conditions like glaucoma and HIV are not regarded as qualifying medical cannabis conditions within the state.

List of qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card

In accordance with the latest legislative upgrade of the Compassionate Use Act, the following are qualifying medical conditions for obtaining a medical marijuana card in Texas,

  • All forms of cancer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Amyloidoses
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spasticity
  • Seizures
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Incurable Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Neuropathy

It is important to note that this list of qualifying medical conditions is not exclusive and if you believe that medical cannabis can infact help your particular conditions, we advise you to visit a CURT-registered physician for further discussion.

Also, medical cannabis doesn’t specifically treat any of the above-mentioned disorders. Instead, it provides some level of aid to alleviate common symptoms associated with these disorders such as chronic pain, nausea, lack of appetite, etc.

How can you obtain a medical marijuana prescription in Texas?

In order to get a medical marijuana card in Texas, you must be,

  • A permanent resident of the state of Texas.
  • Is diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.

Once you are marked eligible by these two conditions, the process of applying for a Texas medical marijuana card is pretty straightforward.

The first step is to visit a CURT-registered doctor. Only CURT-certified doctors have the right to prescribe medical cannabis to a patient in Texas. The doctor will thoroughly examine your condition and will provide a prescription accordingly.

In case you are diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, the doctor will prescribe medical cannabis and will also register you as a qualifying patient with the CURT portal. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay any extra fee for this. Your CURT profile will be updated according to any change in your health plan.

Now, you can legally purchase medical cannabis from any dispensary around Texas with the medical marijuana prescription you have. You’ll also receive a written letter of approval to protect your rights in case you’re interrogated by law enforcement officers.

Across the globe, marijuana can be consumed by either smoking, vaping, or in the form of pills, edibles, etc. However, the Texas state law is strictly against cannabis smoking. The only legal channel for consuming medical cannabis is through THC edibles or tinctures.

The state of Texas also specifies that only low-THC cannabis products can prescribed. This refers to cannabis products with less than 1% THC content as THC is a psychoactive compound that can lead to further deterioration of your condition as well as overconsumption. Marijuana tincture oils are mostly prescribed within the state as these contain both THC and CBD in a 1:4 ratio, respectively.

Should you be getting a prescription for all sorts of THC products?

This is where things get interesting. According to Texas state law, you need a medical marijuana prescription only when you’re consuming marijuana products. Hemp-derived products and Delta-8 THC products can be bought over the counter without a prescription. These broadly include hemp rolls, topical creams, soft gels, gummies, etc.

Check your eligibility for a Texas medical marijuana card with the Kif!

Alright, we now believe that you’re all set to get your Texas medical marijuana card. Well, the Kif is here to thoroughly guide you throughout the process and get a valid medical marijuana prescription within ten minutes at best. The Kif is a telemedicine-powered platform that allows you to book appointments with CURT-certified medical doctors from the comfort of your home.

All you need to do is join your virtual appointment in time, bring any past medical records as requested by the doctor, and answer all the questions asked by the doctor to the best of your knowledge. If everything goes right, you’ll have a Texas medical marijuana recommendation by the end of it!

By Kif Team

The Kif Team has expert team of writers with a profound understanding of holistic medicine. We specialize in assisting individuals in obtaining their medical marijuana cards. We firmly believe in the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis for various health conditions. Our mission is to educate and enlighten as many people as possible about its potential advantages.

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