To become a patient in North Carolina, you must be diagnosed with intractable epilepsy (epilepsy that does not respond to three or more other treatments) and that are recommended for treatment by a state-licensed neurologist are eligible. North Carolina's limited-use law does not apply to those who suffer from debilitating medical conditions like cancer, AIDS, ALS or multiple sclerosis. Patients are also prohibited from using cannabis with THC and CBD ratios that do not conform to the law. Patients must have a caregiver who is their parent, legal guardian, or custodian and has registered with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS").

Eligible Conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
  • Severe or persistent nausea (for hospice patients or the bed-bound)

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

The application process as a minor is the same for an adult.

Patients under 18 years old must have parental consent, a current diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition, an official written certification from their physician, be a North Carolina resident with a valid driver's license or state ID card.

Benefits of Being a Patient:

If you are arrested for the possession of CBD oil, you will have an affirmative defense in court.

Becoming a Caregiver:

To become a caregiver in North Carolina, simply fill out the application from the DHHS website.

Out-of-State Patients:

Out-of-State patient registrations are not recognized in the state of North Carolina. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, check out our Travel Guide.

Home Cultivation:

North Carolina does not allow patients to grow cannabis at home.


Medical cannabis patients can find additional resources here

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