• BHO (Butane Hash Oil)

    BHO is a marijuana extract that has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its high THC content. BHO is created by using butane as a solvent to extract the oil from the plant material; the oil is then heated to remove the solvent. Ohio state law requires a minimum of 99% purity for all BHO products. Favorite BHO products are live resin, shatter and wax.

  • Budtender (Patient Care Consultant)

    Budtender, or patient care consultant, is employed by a dispensary to give expert advice and recommendations to patients before purchasing medical marijuana.

  • Cannabinoids

    Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds unique to marijuana that react with receptors in the body's endocannabinoid system to produce a wide range of effects. Cannabinoids are responsible for the medical efficacy of marijuana and are known to bring pain relief, reduce inflammation, eliminate nausea and even stop the spread of or eliminate cancer. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

  • Caregiver (Designated Caregiver)

    In Ohio, a person 21-years or older may register with the state Board of Pharmacy to serve as a designated caregiver for no more than two qualifying patients. As a caregiver, a person may purchase for, and administer medical marijuana to, a registered patient.

  • CBD (Cannabidiol)

    CBD, the abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of at least 111 cannabinoids found in marijuana. CBD has been shown to effectively treat pain, inflammation and epilepsy without the psychoactive effects associated with THC. Other well-known cannabinoids that have been known to produce different effects are THC, CBG, CBN, CBC, THC-A, and CBD-A.

  • Concentrates

    Concentrates are marijuana-derived extracts that contain a concentrated amount of THC, cannabinoids, and terpenes. Concentrates are extracted using both solvent (butane, CO2, alcohol) and solvent-less (water, pressurized heat, freeze-dried) methods. Popular types of concentrates are BHO (solvent), rosin (solvent-less) and budder (solvent-less).

  • Cultivation

    Cultivation refers to growing marijuana. Under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, the Ohio Department of Commerce has issued licenses for companies to cultivate medical marijuana to supply the state’s dispensaries. Ohio law prohibits the growing medical marijuana for personal, family or household use.

  • Dispensary

    A dispensary is a general term used to refer to a business or non-profit where a patient or consumer can legally and safely acquire marijuana. Dispensaries give patients access to marijuana experts, called budtenders, to help them select and purchase marijuana. Ohio will license up to 60 dispensaries for the sale of medical marijuana.

  • Edibles

    Edibles are foods that have been infused with marijuana extracts, often in the form of marijuana butter or marijuana-infused oil, to deliver the medical efficacy of marijuana. Edibles come in numerous forms such as capsules, tinctures, and oil, as well as traditional forms, such as baked goods. Because edibles must metabolize before the effects are felt, onset typically takes longer than other types of administration (anywhere from minutes to hours). It is always advised that edibles be consumed slowly and in small doses.

  • Flower

    Like other plants, flowers are the reproductive organ of the female marijuana. Marijuana flowers contain nearly all cannabinoid-rich trichomes in marijuana, which is why they are harvested and dried to be used as medication and referred to as "flower."

  • Hybrid

    A hybrid plant is a cross between indica and sativa strains, often bred to maintain rarer strains or amplify desired recessive genes.

  • Indica

    Indicia is the common reference for Marijuana indica, one of the three species of marijuana. Originating in Asia and the Middle East, these strains are the most commonly available. This species can have a sedative quality and has been known to relieve pain.

  • Kief

    Kief refers to trichomes that have been extracted from the marijuana flower. Kief is a loose powder and is known to be extremely potent.

  • Live Resin

    A type of marijuana concentrate, live resin is manufactured by flash freezing the marijuana plant right after harvest, protecting its original flavor and fragrance in the finished product.

  • Marijuana (Cannabis)

    Marijuana is the plant genus that produces three species of flowering plants: Marijuana sativa, Marijuana indica, and Marijuana ruderalis, with sativa and indica being the most popular in today's marijuana markets. Slang terms, such as "pot" or "weed" (amongst others) are commonly used when referring to the dried marijuana flower.

  • OMMCP (Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program)

    In 2016, Ohio passed House Bill 532, thus enacting the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). The OMMCP allows for the regulated sales of medical marijuana. The program is operated by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Board of Pharmacy and Medical Board, each responsible for managing a different part of the program.

  • Patient (Registered Patient)

    A person must become a registered patient with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy before any medical marijuana may be dispensed to or for that person. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is responsible for the registration of all patients into the OMMCP, and all those wishing to become patients must complete the patient registration process.

  • Patient Allotment

    A patient's allotment refers to the amount of medical marijuana and marijuana products a patient can purchase within a specified period. In Ohio, patients cannot buy more than the allotted 90-day supply within a 90-day period, with allotments for those suffering from a terminal illness being larger.

  • Patient Card (Patient Identification Card)

    Each registered patient must have a valid patient card to purchase medical marijuana in Ohio. Patient cards can be obtained by completing the patient registration process and will be issued by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

  • Physician (Recommending Physician)

    Because the federal government prohibits doctors from prescribing marijuana, patients must have both a recommendation from a certified physician as well as a medical marijuana card to purchase it. In Ohio, physicians interested in recommending the use of medical marijuana for patients must apply for a certificate to recommend medical marijuana from the State Medical Board of Ohio. Physicians interested in obtaining their certificate to recommend (CTR) must currently hold an unrestricted MD or DO license from the State Medical Board of Ohio. Additionally, physicians wishing to recommend medical marijuana need to complete at least two hours of continuing medical education that will assist in diagnosing qualifying conditions, how to treat those conditions with medical marijuana and possible drug interaction.

  • Potency

    Potency is the percentage, by weight, of cannabinoids in medical marijuana. Knowing a products potency levels are essential when determining what method of administration and dosage amount a patient should use. In Ohio, it is mandatory that the potency of THC and CBD content is labeled on all products. View state limits on THC.

  • Processing

    Processing, also referred to manufacturing or extracting, refers to the process of turning the marijuana flower into another marijuana-derived product, such as oils or concentrates. In this process, the marijuana cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the flower material using a process that can either contain a solvent, such as butane, or be solvent-less. In Ohio, all products which have been processed are tested to ensure 99% purity.

  • RSO (Rick Simpson Oil)

    Named for its inventor, Rick Simpson, RSO is a concentrated form of marijuana oil anecdotally known for its medical benefits, especially cancer treatment.

  • Sativa

    Sativa is the common reference for the Marijuana sativa species of marijuana plant. This variety is characterized by energetic, cerebral effects. Sativa strains have been known to help patients cope with depression and fatigue and can even stimulate appetite.

  • Shatter

    Shatter is a specialized form of BHO characterized by a rigid, stiff structure that resembles and breaks like glass.

  • Strain

    Marijuana strains fall within the pure (sativa, incida, ruderalis) or hybrid species of the marijuana plant. Strains are cultivated, known for, and preferred, for their specific traits, such as high THC content and terpene profiles. Today, there are countless strains as cultivators continue to develop new strains based on genetics and consumer demand.

  • Terpene

    Terpenes are the essential oils of the marijuana plant that give it a unique smell, as well as the increase the effects of the cannabinoid interaction within the endocannabinoid system. There are hundreds of terpenes, each with their unique scent and effect. Some of the most well-known marijuana terpenes are myrcene, linalool, and limonene. Terpenes are not exclusive to marijuana and are prevalent in herbs, fruits, and even insects.

  • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

    THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most well-known and abundantly available cannabinoid in marijuana. THC is the component in marijuana that is responsible for the euphoric effects and more potent strains are intentionally cultivated for greater medical efficacy. Other well-known cannabinoids that have been known to produce different results are CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THC-A, and CBD-A.

  • Tincture

    A tincture is a liquid marijuana extract. Because tinctures are a sublingual form of administration, they are often dosed with a dropper and placed under the tongue for absorption.

  • Topical

    Often taking the form of a lotion, cream, or patch, topicals are cannabinoid-infused skin products. The medicinal properties are absorbed through the skin and have been known to to alleviate muscle aches, chronic pain, and inflammation.

  • Trichomes

    Trichomes are fine hairs, outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists. Originating from the Greek word “Tríchōma,” meaning “growth of hair. Trichomes are the factories that produce the hundreds of known cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that make cannabis strains potent, unique, and effective.

  • Vaporizer

    A vaporizer is a smoke-free device used to consume marijuana by inhalation. It heats either flowers or marijuana-infused oils to a temperature that produces a cannabinoid-laced vapor to inhale. This method produces near-instant effects and delivers THC and other cannabinoids effectively.

  • Wax

    Wax is a form of concentrate derived from BHO. It offers patients extremely high-potency marijuana and is typically easier than other types of BHO products to manipulate for usage.