MEdical Cannabis 101

Is medical cannabis right for me?

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Cannabis has been proven to help alleviate symptoms of pain, nausea, arthritis, anxiety, seizures and tremors, mood disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, loss of appetite, and insomnia among others. It has also been effective in giving relief to those in palliative care.

Under Ohio law, patients with the following conditions or diseases qualify to use medical cannabis with a recommendation from a physician:

  • 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
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury 
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Chrohn's disease
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

How will medical cannabis affect me?

Different strains and methods of consumption effect people differently, and not all forms of medical cannabis produce a psychoactive effect.

CBD is a cannabinoid, or chemical compound, found in cannabis that has no psychoactive properties and produces a calming effect. It is highly therapeutic and can be used to alleviate nausea, arthritis, anxiety, sleep loss, seizures, chronic pain, and others.

THC is the cannabinoid that produces a “high.” It can be used to treat pain, nausea, sleep and stress disorders, and appetite loss.  

Medical cannabis can also be applied as a topical lotion or oil for pain relief, and does not produce a psychoactive reaction.

The three different species of medical cannabis are indica, sativa, and hybrids. Indica strains tend to be more relaxing, and can be used to treat pain, anxiety and muscle spasms, while sativa strains are uplifting and can be used to treat fatigue.  Hybrid plants are a mix of the two.

How do I administer medical cannabis?

Cannabis may be consumed by vaporizing the cannabis flower or extracted cannabis oil. Ohio law prohibits smoking cannabis, and vaporizing is better for your lungs. Extracted oil can also be ingested by tincture or in edibles such as chocolate or gummies. Topical lotion and patches with CBD extracts will also be available in Ohio.

Dosing medical cannabis can be tricky, but our knowledgeable patient assistants will help you find the best method of consumption and dosage. All of our medical cannabis flower and products will be lab tested, recorded, and labeled with the precise THC, CBD, and other cannabinoid content.

The wheel below can help you determine which cannabinoids may help treat symptoms associated with mood, eating/gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, pain, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions. Please note that not all conditions listed below are qualifying conditions in Ohio.

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