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Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Arthritis in Ohio!

Ohio patients diagnosed with arthritis have always qualified for medical marijuana in the state under the umbrella of chronic pain, but the Ohio Medical Board clarified that arthritis is an approved condition for treatment with cannabis in a May 2021 memo. Now, arthritis is officially on the list of conditions that qualify for an Ohio medical marijuana card!


To treat your arthritis pain with medical marijuana, you'll need to get a recommendation from an Ohio certified medical marijuana doctor, and Ohio Marijuana Card is here to help! Give us a call at (866) 457-5559 or schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor who can help you decide if cannabis is the right course of treatment for you!

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a blanket term referring to chronic inflammation in one or more joints. This inflammation causes pain and stiffness, affecting range of motion, and it can become debilitating with increasing severity.

What are the Types of Arthritis?

There are several different types of arthritis, each stemming from a different cause. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The following list is not exhaustive, but all types of arthritis qualify for medical marijuana in Ohio.


With osteoarthritis, the cartilage between the bones that come together to form a joint breaks down. This causes the bones to rub together and break down. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but is most common in the hands, knees, hips and spine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining. In some cases, the disease can spread to other systems in the body, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis may cause joint deformity and bone deterioration.


Gout is a type of arthritis in which uric acid builds up in the joints, causing painful swelling. Symptoms occur most often in the big toe, and they may come on suddenly.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

With ankylosing spondylitis, the vertebrae fuse together, and may cause a hunched posture. This condition may cause difficulty breathing when the ribs are affected.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks the body's tissues, and it usually develops long after a person is diagnosed with psoriasis.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

With symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common type of arthritis among children 16 and under.

3 Easy Steps


Step 1

Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout the State! 


Step 2

Visit our office for your

in-person evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.


Step 3

With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your card via email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

The most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • "Hot" joints

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Reduced ability to perform physical activities

Can Medical Marijuana Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain?

According to a paper presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than one in five patients seeking treatment for musculoskeletal pain used cannabis for their symptoms. Of those who participated in the study, 90 percent reported that cannabis was effective at relieving pain; 57 percent reported it to be more effective than other pain relievers for pain management; and 40 percent said that cannabis use resulted in a decreased use of their other pain medications.


Another study showed that cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CBD2) are located in the nerves within the joints. CB1 antagonists, like CBD, may reduce neurogenic inflammation. The study also found that joints produce their own endocannabinoids, but they break down quickly. One goal of further research would be to detail the way cannabis may work with the body's endocannabinoid system to help slow the breakdown of endogenously-produced cannabinoids.


Though research on treating arthritis with medical marijuana is limited, there are plenty of studies showing the effectiveness of cannabis in the management of almost every type of pain. Medical marijuana is a safe and effective anti inflammatory, and many arthritis patients use CBD products to help them manage their pain throughout the day with little to no impairment.

Medical Marijuana May Reduce the Need for Other Types of Pain Medications

One of the most appealing things about medical marijuana among people with arthritis is the potential for a reduction in the use of other types of pain medications. People who use cannabis for arthritis may be able to reduce or completely eliminate opioids, NSAIDs and OTC pain relievers from their arthritis pain management strategy.


While medical marijuana can come with its own set of side effects, like dry mouth, lethargy, confusion and dizziness, these effects are generally reported as being more manageable than the adverse reactions people have to prescription and over the counter drugs for pain relief.

You Can Use Medical Marijuana for Pain Management With Little to No Impairment

Patients concerned about becoming too impaired if they use medical cannabis to manage their arthritis pain throughout the day have plenty of options for treatment available at Ohio cannabis dispensaries.

Patients with an Ohio marijuana card can visit any dispensary in Ohio and find products that are low in THC and high in CBD, which will help minimize the level of impairment experienced when you take your medicine. In addition to tinctures and edibles that are made for microdosing cannabis, you can find topicals and transdermal patches that work directly in the targeted painful location, to block pain receptors and reduce inflammation with no intoxicating effects.

Other Treatment Options for Arthritis Pain

To be clear, there is no current scientific evidence to indicate that medical cannabis can slow the progression of disease with arthritis. However, treating arthritis pain with medical marijuana may reduce the inflammation associated with the deterioration of joints. There is no cure for arthritis, and cannabis for arthritis pain works best when combined with other types of therapies.


Steroids are a treatment option that will reduce inflammation and may slow joint damage. They are often administered by injection into the affected joint. Steroids are generally avoided unless the arthritis is severe, because they can cause thinning of the bones, weight gain and diabetes.

Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

DMARDs can slow the progression of arthritis and save tissue from permanent damage. Many of these drugs cause the patient to be more prone to infection.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can help patients with arthritis increase their range of motion and strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints. This will reduce pain, may slow bone deterioration, and give patients the tools they need to keep moving.


Surgery is such an invasive treatment that it is often more of a last-resort procedure. Surgery to treat arthritis may include joint repair, joint replacement, or in extreme cases, joint fusion.

Lifestyle Changes, Alternative Therapies, Home Remedies

A little research will turn up a long list of additional lifestyle changes, alternative therapies and home remedies that may make life a little easier for people living with arthritis. Losing weight, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, acupuncture, massage, alternating ice packs and heating pads, exercise, and using assistive devices can all help arthritis patients increase their quality of life, and get through the day with a little less pain.

Get an Ohio Marijuana Card to Get Access to Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain Today!

Fortunately, patients with arthritis have plenty of options for ways to treat their arthritis pain, and medical marijuana is one option for Ohio residents!


Medical marijuana has proven to be safe and effective at treating pain and inflammation, and it may even help you reduce or eliminate prescription and over the counter pain medications like opioids and NSAIDs.


If you have questions about treating arthritis with medical marijuana in Ohio, give our patient support team a call at (866) 457-5559, or simply make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor online today!

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