In the past few years, the western mentality towards therapeutic Cannabis (aka Medical Marijuana) has shifted. Where the plant was once feared and villainized, it is now experiencing a re-branding. Many folks are surprised to learn about its broad potential to help increase quality of life in those with chronic pain and illness. Yet some are skeptical to hear of the myriad uses advocates claim. General research and legislation has begun to show Medical Marijuana as an unsung hero.
But what exactly is Medical Marijuana, and what is it good for?
How do you know if Medical Marijuana is right for you, and how does one legally obtain it?
What is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana — also called medical cannabis — is a term for derivatives of the Cannabis plant that are used to relieve serious and chronic symptomsMayo Clinic Staff
The cannabis plant has at least 100 known active compounds (called cannabanoids) that are of medical interest. The two most commonly known are THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). As state laws change, researchers are able to perform studies and learn more about how people interact with the plant. Unfortunately, peer reviewed studies and long term effects are still in its infancy. However, here is what we do know so far:
- THC contains the psychoactive component that results in the ¨high¨ marijuana is known for. This is also the component most responsible for relief from Chronic pain symptoms, stress, anxiety, and an increase in appetite.
- CBD has no mind-altering effects like THC. It is linked by limited research to have anti-inflammatory properties, aid with insomnia, and spasticity. Most notably this cannabanoid has been linked to the reduction or elimination of the effects and onset of seizures.
Is Medical Marijuana right for you?
Anecdotally, medical cannabis has been said to be a “wonder drug.” Advocates swear by it being the best solution to reduce pain and inflammation, and to help with the sleep, stress and anxiety problems that come with chronic illness and injury.
Keep in mind that everyone reacts to drugs differently. Remember, if you have any questions about your options for treatment, you should always have a conversation with a reputable, trained medical professional first. Ask your doctor about medical marijuana if you have any of the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Appetite loss
- Crohn’s disease
- Diseases effecting the immune system like HIV/AIDS or Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
How do I comply with Ohio laws?
Ohio has a three step process to legally use medical marijuana. You must schedule an appointment to see a certified physician who can confirm that you have one of the medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Then they will create your profile in the Patient & Caregiver Registry. Next, you will complete your registration for the program through the Patient & Caregiver Registry.
With the paperwork out of the way you can now purchase medical marijuana from an Ohio dispensary with a certificate of operation from the Board of Pharmacy.
If you are curious about the possible benefits medical marijuana may have for you – take the first step to relieve your pain. Set up an appointment to discuss your options today. You deserve the relief.