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Ohio Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions: Everything You Need to Know

Ohio Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Acknowledging the growing evidence supporting the therapeutic properties of cannabis and its compounds, the state of Ohio legalized medical marijuana on September 8, 2016. This opened the doors for Ohio residents to legally access marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions.

This allowed people with severe medical conditions to apply for the Ohio medical marijuana control program. Since then, more than 237,600 patients have registered for the program. 

Now, one can only apply for an Ohio MMJ program if they have one of the qualifying medical conditions, upon the certification of any one of the licensed Ohio medical marijuana doctors

Below are the qualifying conditions to participate in the Ohio medical marijuana control program. 

Qualifying Conditions to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio: 

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  •  Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic traumatic
  • encephalopathy
  •  Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy (or another seizure disorder)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  •  Huntington’s Disease
  •  Inflammatory bowel disease
  •  Multiple sclerosis
  •  Chronic pain
  •  Parkinson’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  •  Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • HIV positive
  •  Sickle cell anemia
  •  Spasticity
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Tourette syndrome
  •  Traumatic brain injury
  •  Terminal illness

 

Your Recommending Physician Should Register You for the Medical Marijuana Program

As mentioned earlier, in order to get an Ohio medical marijuana card, you need to get a certification from a licensed physician certified by the Ohio State of Pharmacy. The physician should also have an active certificate to recommend (CTR) issued by the state.  A certification as proof that you are medically advised for cannabis treatment for a debilitating medical condition. 

The recommending physician will have access to the Patient registry form and will submit his/her recommendation for the patient to receive a medical marijuana card. 

Here’s What the Physician Needs for the Patient’s Registration: 

  1. Residential proof ( Copy of a valid Ohio driver’s license, Ohio ID card issued by BMV, or a passport of America)
  2. Caregiver registration identification form 

A licensed physician can recommend up to a 90-day supply of medical cannabis with three refills. 

Steps to Get an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card 

Step1: Visit a licensed physician certified with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and get a medical marijuana recommendation. 

Step 2: Once your physician has registered your profile in the State medical marijuana program, you will receive an email asking you to log in to your profile in Patient Registry and complete the process by paying the fee. 

Step 3: Once you get your medical card, find a licensed dispensary in Ohio and buy medical marijuana products. 

Buy Medical Marijuana from a Licensed Dispensary 

Once you get your Patient & Registry card (medical marijuana card), you can easily purchase medical cannabis products from an Ohio dispensary with a certificate of operation issued by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Dispensary members will consult you regarding the dosing of the product for your particular condition. You can easily visit these dispensaries just by performing a google search on ‘medical cannabinoids dispensary near me. 

There are also cannabis shops and online CBD stores that provide cannabis products including CBD products. 

Note: Only patients with an active recommendation letter, medical marijuana card, and a government-associated ID card can purchase marijuana products. 

Types of Medical Marijuana Products Available 

The Ohio medical marijuana program has been running since 2016, yet many people are unaware of the different types of medical marijuana forms/products that are easily available at almost all the Ohio dispensaries. 

Here are the different types of medical marijuana products available: 

  • Edibles: Medical marijuana edibles contain gummies, hard candies, lollipops, cookies, etc. These products generally come with the infusion of different cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, etc. Remember you cannot buy a product that contains more than 0.3% of THC unless it’s recommended by your physician. 
  • Oils for Vaping: Vape oils are high in THC percentage and come in the form of syringes, cartridges, and vape pens.
  • Dry Marijuana Flowers: Dry marijuana flowers are basically dry buds of marijuana that are available in different strains, each producing its own therapeutic effects and aromas. 
  • Tinctures: Medical marijuana tinctures could be made with alcohol and oil. Tinctures are favorite among its users as the product is long-lasting and kicks in the effects quite quickly. 
  • Topicals: Medical marijuana topicals are products that can be consumed topically or are applied directly to the skin. Some of the topicals include balms, lotions, patches, creams, ointments, etc. 

Bottom Line 

If you are considering cannabis as a potential treatment for any medical condition, you are advised to visit a licensed medical marijuana doctor and discuss your concerns to see if you need cannabis treatment or not. If yes, nobody can come in your way of seeking cannabis treatment.