1. Fighting Misconceptions:
As the Ohio Medical Marijuana program rolls out, we would like to dispel some of the misconceptions about who is seeking to use medical marijuana and provide factual information to the general public about who the people using this therapy really are. Patients may be of all ages but are most often adults aged 55 and older. All of them are dealing serious medical issues. Please remember that if you see someone entering a local marijuana dispensary, they will either be a person with one of the twenty-one conditions approved by the Ohio State Medical Board for treatment with medical marijuana or a caregiver for one of those people.
2. Patients are Dealing With Serious Health Conditions:
If you look at the list of twenty-one conditions that are currently approved for treatment with medical marijuana, you will see that it contains some fairly significant health problems including: medical diseases like cancer; fibromyalgia; glaucoma and sickle cell anemia. Cannabis can be used for gastrointestinal issues like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. It can be used in the care of people with AIDS and Hepatitis C. Marijuana treatment may also be used for a wide variety of neurological diseases including Parkinson’s Disease; epilepsy; spinal cord disease or injury; PTSD plus many others. Those patients with chronic pain that is severe or intractable may benefit from this therapy, especially when opioids do not provide adequate relief. In other words, these are the same people that you will sit next to in your doctor’s office waiting room or stand next to in the line at your local pharmacy.
3. Who is Going to the Dispensaries?
When you see people going into those dispensaries keep in mind that they may be the parents of a child with a very challenging illness. They could be a veteran that you thank for their service who is now seeking to preserve neurological function after a traumatic brain injury. They are your friends, neighbors and loved ones who are seeking some much-needed pain relief or other protective benefits when medical marijuana is added to their standard therapy after other methods have failed.
For a complete list of the conditions currently approved for medical marijuana in Ohio, please see our website: Conditions