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How Do I Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Prescription?

By: Cory Gaiser, M.D.


Medical marijuana is becoming increasingly popular each year thanks to its long list of potential benefits and all-natural properties. However, patients interested in medical marijuana must understand the rules and regulations regarding its use. At New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH, board-certified physician Dr. Cory A. Gaiser is highly knowledgeable in the processes of using medical marijuana safely and legally. Keep reading for a closer look at the advantages of medical marijuana vs. traditional medications, and find out more about who may qualify for a medical marijuana prescription in Ohio.

What conditions can be treated with medical marijuana?

Also known as medical cannabis, medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for relieving physical and psychological symptoms associated with a number of conditions. In Ohio, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has approved the use of medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia/chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

How do I get a prescription for medical marijuana in Ohio?

To obtain a medical marijuana prescription in Ohio, patients with documentation of a qualifying condition must be evaluated by a medical marijuana doctor who has been certified by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. Following this evaluation, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will conduct a final review of the application and either approve or deny the request. If approved, patients will receive a medical marijuana registration card, which is typically good for one year, that allows them to purchase prescriptions from a state-licensed dispensary. In most cases, patients can purchase up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana.

Can minors use medical marijuana?

Certified physicians may recommend medical marijuana for a minor with the consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Ohio law also requires minors to have a registered caregiver in order to purchase and use medical marijuana.

What options do I have for medical marijuana?

Medical cannabis comes in a variety of forms, allowing plenty of options to meet patients’ needs and preferences. Most commonly, medical marijuana is delivered in the form of a patch, cream, lotion, oil, vapor, edible, plant material, or tincture.

Can I grow my own medical marijuana?

No. Ohio law does not permit growing or extracting your own marijuana for personal or medical use. All medical marijuana must be purchased with an approved prescription from a licensed state medical marijuana dispensary. With your Ohio medical marijuana identification card, you will be able to safely and legally possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana in Ohio. However, Ohio does not recognize or honor medical marijuana identification cards and/or prescription issues in other states.

Medical marijuana in Cincinnati, OH offers a legal and natural way to get relief from painful symptoms

Patients with qualifying conditions and approval from a certified provider in Ohio may be eligible to obtain and use medical marijuana for a variety of conditions and symptoms. To learn more about the benefits of medical marijuana, call New Body Aesthetics for more information.

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