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Benefits of Medical Marijuana That You Might Not Know About


In the State of Ohio, there are currently 25 conditions approved by the Ohio Medical Board that qualify a person for their medical marijuana card. Besides these conditions, anyone can petition for a specific condition to be added to the list!


As of last month, there are currently a whopping 309,548 active medical marijuana patients in the state. This means that over 300,000 Ohio residents have access to safe, natural medicine as an alternative to opioids and other addictive substances.


Although 25 conditions may sound like a lot, there are actually countless benefits of marijuana that you may not be aware of. Medical marijuana can aid in treatment of many different symptoms.


Most people have probably heard about marijuana being great for cancer or chronic pain, but here are some other symptoms or ailments that cannabis can help with.


Arthritis

In the United States, over 24% of all adult citizens have arthritis, making it one of the leading causes for work disability. That’s over 58 million people. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis.


Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint that causes pain and stiffness as a person gets older. It can be extremely painful and inconvenient for patients.


Although there aren’t enough studies to make any claims, there is some evidence that marijuana can help with pain that comes from arthritis. Since cannabis can help with general pain, it typically can help with any symptom or condition that causes pain.


A study conducted showed that 57% of arthritis patients in America have tried marijuana for their joint pain and over 90% reported that it soothed the pain.


Thankfully, arthritis is a qualifying condition in the State of Ohio!


Cachexia

Cachexia is a disorder that can cause extreme muscle wasting as well at weight loss from both muscle mass and body fat.


Cachexia usually affects those with other severe conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and much more. Patients with cachexia will experience weakness which may lead them to become more susceptible to infections.


For cachexia patients, marijuana is typically used in order to aid with appetite, nausea and vomiting, depression, and energy levels. Marijuana is known for its ability to make a person hungry, and sativa strains may be a good option for cachexia patients who require more energy.


Cachexia is also a qualifying condition in the State of Ohio, so you can get your medical marijuana card if you have it.


Spinal Cord Disease/Injury

Spinal cord disease and injury will also qualify a person for a medical marijuana card in Ohio. It is estimated that around 16,000 Ohio residents are currently suffering from an injury to their spine.


An injury to a person’s spinal cord could be devastating and can take a large toll on a person's quality of life. Sometimes, a spinal cord injury can even lead to paralysis, which can make day to day activities much harder, or impossible, for a person.


Cannabis has been shown to help limit neurological damage in the spine, as long as it is used shortly after the injury occurs. Marijuana’s cannabinoids have been shown to protect the myelin sheath, which will reduce symptoms down the road from a spinal injury.


Some other symptoms associated with spinal cord injury disease include spasticity, inflammation, weakness, depression, and general pain. Marijuana can also help with these symptoms.


Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a disorder that negatively affects movement in the body. It can cause tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance for those suffering from the condition.


Luckily, cannabis can help with these symptoms. Studies have been conducted and conclude that cannabis can help to ease tremors and improve sleep for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Recent studies conducted in Israel detail this further.


Due to the fact that marijuana is still illegal federally, it is hard to conduct studies on it in the United States. But because cannabis is fully legal in Israel, they have conducted many studies that are referenced by the states.


Tourette Syndrome

Tourette’s syndromes is a neurological disorder which is characterized by twitches and vocalizations, called “tics”. Some examples of this could be a need to rapidly blink your eyes or blurt out offensive words.


Tourette’s can interfere severely with a patient’s life and communication, which are very important. It can also affect a person’s level of functioning.


Marijuana can assist with many symptoms associated with Tourette syndrome, including insomnia, anxiety, irritability, tics, and fits of rage.


See if You Qualify

Every condition mentioned in this article is a qualifying condition for a patient to be recommended for medical marijuana in Ohi. If you have one of these conditions, marijuana could help you!


If you don’t already have your medical marijuana card, let us help you with that!


You can even have your appointment from the comfort of your own home and get your recommendation on the same day! Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to see if you qualify.


 

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Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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