The cannabis plant contains at least 85 different cannabinoids, a class of chemical compounds that have a biological effect on the human body. One of these cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), has been under the spotlight for its potential therapeutic effect in the treatment of a wide diversity of disorders. It is not fully understood how CBD oil helps with pain but it appears to work by regulating the bodies endocannabinoid system. Another cannabinoid, THC, also has significant anti-inflammatory effects – more than 20 times that of aspirin! Unfortunately, THC cannabis in Cincinnati is not legal yet. Cincinnati medical marijuana doctors will first need to become certified through Ohio’s new cannabis program before marijuana containing THC becomes available. Further information regarding the cannabis program is not set to be released until around September 8th, 2017.
Cincinnati Medical Marijuana Options Coming Soon!
If you’re interested in trying CBD for pain, you do have a few options. Cannabis oil made from non-psychoactive hemp plants is legal to purchase and use in Ohio. On the other hand, full spectrum cannabis oil from a marijuana plant containing THC is not yet available. Cannabinoids have different effects on different people. You may find that oils that do not contain THC will work best for you. If that’s the case, you can try CBD now. For those looking to obtain a strain with THC, you’ll need to wait a little longer. On September 8th, 2017, HB 523 will go into full effect for Cincinnati medical marijuana, allowing patients to purchase THC-containing CBD oil for pain and other covered medical conditions, providing that you’ve received a recommendation from cannabis doctors that are certified in Ohio.
Medical Marijuana in Ohio: A New Hope for Patients
With the legalization of medical cannabis in Ohio, patients across the state now have an answer for their pain and other conditions. Medical cannabis has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including chronic pain, neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and more. Blatman Health and Wellness Center will be a part of upcoming program. More information will be available as the program nears completion.
Dr. Blatman is one of 222 doctors in Ohio who have active certificates to recommend marijuana, as of August 2018. The program will not meet the Sept. 8, 2018 deadline to launch, but progress is being made.
Because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance illegal under federal law, doctors will not officially prescribe medicinal marijuana, but under Ohio’s new law will instead make “recommendations” for its use to patients suffer from one of the 21 approved conditions. These include:
● Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
● Alzheimer’s disease
● Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
● Crohn’s disease
● Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
● Hepatitis C
● Inflammatory bowel disease
● Multiple sclerosis
● Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
● Parkinson’s disease
● Positive status for HIV
● Post-traumatic stress disorder
● Sickle cell anemia
● Spinal cord disease or injury
● Tourette’s syndrome
● Traumatic brain injury
● Ulcerative colitis
Ohio’s Legal Medical Marijuana Sales Roll Out at Dispensaries
Despite the delayed roll out of Ohio’s medical marijuana program, sales have begun at several dispensaries across Ohio. Initial supplies were limited, though more should be available in the spring.
To purchase medical marijuana at an Ohio dispensary, you must have a medical marijuana card. To qualify for a card, you must have a recommendation from a qualifying physician. If you meet at least one of the conditions covered in Ohio for the medicinal use of cannabis, Dr. Blatman is authorized to make such a recommendation. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation. We can also help you find a dispensary to provide the medical marijuana.