Who’s Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

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On September 8, 2017, medical marijuana (MMJ) became legal in Ohio. Under the law, Ohio residents can pay $50 per year for an Ohio MMJ card or $25 if they’re caregivers. Before patients can qualify, they must receive a diagnosis and recommendation from a licensed medical provider, such as Dr. Blatman.

Covered Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Ohio

As of March 2024, the list of covered conditions for obtaining an Ohio MMJ card includes

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS/HIV positive status)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Pain (chronic and severe or intractable)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Ulcerative colitis

Marijuana Pills, Vaporizers, and More

HB 523 has legalized the use of raw marijuana plants, patches, edibles, vaporizers, CBD oils, tinctures, and pills. Patients are not permitted to grow their own marijuana or smoke it.

This diverse array of options can cause some confusion about the best way to use marijuana therapeutically. Vaporizing may offer fast-acting relief for patients who suffer from sudden pain spikes associated with Fibromyalgia or neuropathy. Digestion may compound oral absorption of marijuana edibles, possibly leading to a delayed or reduced effect. However, oral use will most likely provide a longer-lasting response than vaporizing. CBD oil for pain management is a good option for those dealing with chronic conditions.

Some patients may consider using a combination of methods, depending on their unique situation and what yields the best results.

Finding a Medical Marijuana Doctor

Assuming you have a qualifying condition, you’ll need to follow several steps to get an Ohio MMJ card to use marijuana medically. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with a physician who’s certified to recommend MMJ for your treatment. After getting the recommendation, you need to do the following:

  • Go to the account your physician set up for you on the Patient and Caregiver Registry.
  • Open the email affiliated with your account and click on the link the Registry provides.
  • Review your registration and correct any mistakes.

You can obtain MMJ from any registered dispensary in the state with your Ohio card. You’ll need to renew your registration each year.

Cincinnati Medical Cannabis Is Available

Blatman Health and Wellness Center has participated in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program since September 8, 2017. Our holistic health clinic prides itself on offering the most innovative natural pain treatments available for our patients. We’re also certified to recommend MMJ as part of our comprehensive treatment plan for individuals suffering from qualified conditions.

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