The common treatment for chronic pain is medical marijuana. Although marijuana use is illegal on the federal level, medical marijuana can be legally obtained in 29 states (and Washington D.C.) by qualified patients.
“Medical cannabis” refers to derivatives from the cannabis Sativa cannabis plant. Two active compounds in cannabis are CBD (CBD) and delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol THC (THC). CBD has many health benefits but does not make you feel high. THC is the source of marijuana intoxication.
If your state permits medical marijuana, this is what you should know about obtaining a medical card.
Marijuana for Medicine
Medical marijuana is not new. For decades, there has been extensive research to show that it can be used to treat various ailments. THC has many benefits for cancer patients, especially when it comes to nausea and hunger.
There have been approvals in multiple countries for medicines made from marijuana. These include the U.S., Europe, and Canada. This includes THC-containing liquids, sprays, and pills. The majority of researchers agree that these medications are more efficient than whole cannabis plants for medicinal purposes. This is because medical marijuana must be purified first before it can be used.
For pain relief, marijuana is most commonly used as a medicine. While medical marijuana cannot replace the painkillers prescribed by a surgeon, it has been shown to be helpful in relieving chronic aches or pains, particularly those related to aging. Medical cannabis doesn’t have the same addictive qualities as opioids. This makes it an excellent alternative to paracetamol, ibuprofen, and other painkillers.
To help patients suffering from cancer, marijuana can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting. These patients as well as those with AIDS or anorexia can get a boost of appetite from marijuana.
How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card?
Talking to your primary doctor is the first step toward obtaining a card for medical marijuana. Your doctor will help you determine whether your condition calls for medicinal marijuana. Once your doctor is satisfied, you are able to proceed.
Although each state has a different process, most require you to register on the state’s medical pot registry. This is possible online. You will be required to provide proof of your doctor’s approval to use medical cannabis to manage your symptoms.
You might be required to create an online state account to complete your Ohio marijuana registry. From there, you can submit the application and receive your doctor’s approval. Your data will also be saved if you need to renew a medical marijuana card. If you are applying for a card for caregivers, you will also need the caregiver’s credentials.
Where to Buy Medicinal Marijuana?
A medical marijuana certificate allows you to purchase marijuana from dispensaries approved by your state. Depending on the state you live in, a card may enable you to buy marijuana products with higher amounts of THC or purchase larger quantities. You may be allowed, depending on your status and the state you live in, to grow marijuana plants in your own home.
A card can be used to purchase medicinal marijuana in the following forms:
- Oral solutions
- Topical creams and applications
- Oils for vaping
- Dried leaves for smoking
Once you have received your medicinal marijuana products you can either give them to yourself or ask your caregiver for assistance. The time it takes to feel the effects and the severity of your symptoms will depend on the type of marijuana.