Who is Eligible?

Under Health Canada’s medical cannabis program (ACMPR), any Canadian suffering from a debilitating medical condition has the right to access medical cannabis. There are over 80 eligible conditions and symptoms for which a medical professional will issue a prescription. Below, you will find a summary of the medical conditions and symptoms that are recognized by the medical community.

Ganja.ca– Medical Marijuana Authority

Qualifying Medical Conditions and Symptoms

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Back problems
  • Brain injuries
  • Cancer
  • Chronic nausea
  • Chronic pain
  • Colitis
  • Conditions resulting from car accidents
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dialysis/kidney failure
  • Dystrophy
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Head injuries
  • Hepatitis C
  • Injuries
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck problems
  • Other digestive system conditions
  • Other joint conditions
  • Other muscle conditions
  • Other nervous system conditions
  • Palliative care
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep and eating disorders
  • Spinal cord disorders

Quick Facts

Patient Acceptance

Eligible Conditions

Minimum Age


Are You Eligible?

The short answer is: probably (if you’re at least 25). The rules were in fact purposely made vague. The regulations officially released by Health Canada state that in order to be eligible, one must belong to one of two categories as follows:

  1. Category 1 - severe and/or persistent pain or muscle spasms from:
    1. Arthritis
    2. HIV/AIDS
    3. Cancer
    4. Anorexia
    5. Spinal cord diseases or injuries
    6. Seizures
    7. Multiple sclerosis
  2. Category 2 – any debilitating symptom from a medical condition not included in Category 1

As you can see, pretty much any symptom can fit within the definition of Category 2; a simple headache or a cold can be ‘debilitating’. But needless to say, medical professionals are very diligent when prescribing medical cannabis, their licenses to practice medicine (or nursing) are at stake after all. A detailed list of conditions and symptoms recognized by most medical professionals can be found in this resource.

What does it take to persuade a doctor? Typically, physicians require at least historical medical records and/or prescriptions, X-rays, diagnoses or proofs of treatment. This isn’t to say that it is a challenge to convince a doctor or nurse, you just require the supporting documentation.

An increasing number of speciality clinic are turning to Health Canada and other respected organizations for medical cannabis prescription guidelines. For example, the College of Physicians of Canada suggests that medical marijuana is not appropriate for those under 25, individuals with a history of psychosis (personal or within the family) and/or addictive behaviour.

Most (if not all) medical professionals seem to abide by the suggested ‘minimum age’. However, medical cannabis ‘minors’ can get access if they have a parental consent note (in conjunction with the standard eligibility requirements).