Under Ohio law, a person can apply for a state-issued compassionate use card to be permitted to purchase medical-grade marijuana for a host of conditions. This marijuana is available in a variety of forms, to include flowers or buds, edibles, patches, tinctures, oils and vape cartridges. But while the most common method of using marijuana is through smoking, interestingly “combusting” is one way of using marijuana that is not permitted under the state’s medical marijuana laws. The reason makes sense — smoking can compromise your respiratory system, and lead to other health issues. Here are some substitutes you can consider in lieu of smoking medical marijuana.
The flower of the female cannabis plant produces sticky buds or “flowers” which will be trimmed, cured, and sold with no further processing required before use. This is the form one would typically use to smoke, but with combustibles prohibited in Ohio, anyone who wishes to smoke their cannabis must vape it in a special vaporizer machine or portable pen. By law, the sole way of smoking cannabis is through vaping or in a vaporizer.
Plant material can be changed into butter or oil and then added to cookies, brownies, ice cream, lollipops, or used on a topping for breads and crackers. The cannabis must be decarboxylated by heat first, then mixed in a process with the oil or butter. The used plant material will be strained out afterwards. Likewise, you can grind your flowers and use in stews, brownies and other foods.
Lotions and Creams
The oils derived from cannabis that is used for cooking can also be used in a concentrated form in topical creams, skin lotions, or cooking oils that can be used to create edibles.
Similar to how nicotine or pain-relief patches are used, cannabis patches make it possible to release THC into the bloodstream, allowing a controlled, stable result in patients. There are specialized patches that target certain conditions and each has its own purpose. THC patches are used for appetite loss, spasms and pain. CBD patches work on joint issues, inflammation, anxiety, and pain. THC-A patches fight pain without the high of the regular THC patches; while CBN patches are used as a sleep aid and appetite suppressant.
These are potently strong alcohol-based extracts of cannabis that are usually taken by dropper sublingually or mixed into a cocktail for an added kick. A tincture is made by soaking plant material in alcohol, then straining the plant out, or in a machine that processes the cannabis into a couple of different strengths of tinctures.
Medical Marijuana in Ohio
Medical cannabis is now permitted to be dispensed in Ohio to help people with one of a currently 21 conditions, with that number likely being expanded to include some other conditions as time progresses. If other treatments have failed or you believe you have a medical condition that could benefit from medical cannabis and you live in Ohio, contact Dr. David A. Zainey at InteCare Medical Clinic today by calling (937) 874-5766 or request an appointment online.