What Kind Of Marijuana Is Available In Ohio?
When people refer to cannabis, they traditionally think of the marijuana flower, or buds, as being the sole form of ingestion. However, Ohio’s medical marijuana laws (Ohio HB 523) state that the flower form, as well as the concentrated oils, cannot be smoked and rather must be vaporized. As such, new and diverse advancements in research and technology have produced a variety of products and delivery methods.
Qualified medical marijuana patients in the state of Ohio have access to a variety of these different THC and CBD products, as well as the traditional dry herb, or cannabis flower. Below is a breakdown of each of the administration methods for consuming medical marijuana including flower, concentrated oils, edibles and consumables, tinctures, and topical options.
Dosage or the amount of a particular product one should take to achieve the desired outcome is often misunderstood in regards to medical marijuana. There are many aspects to consider when choosing the right form and dosage that's right for you.
We suggest you discuss what forms and possible dosage suggestions with your medical marijuana physician or one of the experts at the dispensaries if you have questions. Unless the medical marijuana doctor who provided your certification discussed specific restrictions you may purchase ANY from of medical marijuana available at Ohio dispensaries. Feel free to call us and book a free follow-up appointment with one of our certified physicians if you have dosage questions or concerns.
The marijuana plant contains various organic compounds which contribute to specific properties and desired outcomes, each individual can potentially have a different reaction to the same form, amount, and potency.
Patients with no cannabis experience should start with a product with a higher CBD content (with a CBD:THC ratio close to 1:1) and a lower amount of THC in the range of 5 – 10 mg per dose until an assessment of effect can be determined. This approach may alleviate an unexpected bad experience from the psychoactive effects of the THC in the chosen product.
Absorption also affects the onset of action of both THC and CBD. For these routes, consider the following cautions:
Sublingual (under the tongue): Do not re-dose for at least 6 hours
Oral (edibles): Do not re-dose for at least 6 hours. Absorption is improved when taken with fatty foods.
Vaporizer: Do not re-dose for at least 4 hours
Dosage of THC from inhalation (flower, oil, resin) is difficult to define and is dependent on depth and length of inhalation as well as the concentration of the cannabinoids in the product. A 3-second inhalation is considered a baseline standard. Dabbing of resins, waxes, shatter can result in much higher doses.
Overall, you should consider form of administration, onset time, duration, potency, and CBD/THC ratio before you decide what to purchase and how much to take. Finding the right dosage is important for achieving the desired relief. To much or to little can have adverse or underwhelming effects. Start low and go slow!
Onset: 30 sec
Duration: 30 min - 4 hours
Advantages: Instant relief, many varieties
Disadvantages: High Odor, requires apparatus to ingest, unless vaporized can cause respiratory irritation.
The first form of product that most patients will be familiar with is the flower from the cannabis plant.
In its flower form, the Tier-1 flower will have a THC content of up to 23%, while Tier-2 flower can range from 23% THC content up to 35%.
Flower in Ohio is sold in 2.83 gram units. Larger quantities are becoming available in the form of 5.66 gram (0.2 oz) packages, 8.49 gram (0.3 oz) packages, 11.32 grams (0.4 oz), 14.15 gram (0.5 oz), as well as one ounce (28.35 grams) quantities.
It is important to note that the flower form, as well as the concentrated oils, cannot be smoked and rather must be vaporized.