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10 Things to Know About Ohio’s New Marijuana Law — Effective Today

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Remember back in grade school when your teacher told you to read the instructions before you took the test? Well here are some instructions, rules, and tips about today’s new legislation: Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program. Remember, reading instructions is key to ‘exploring’ the new law within its parameters.

  • Becoming a licensed seller, grower, processor, and distillery — This you will definitely know tomorrow, according to the website, the Marijuana Control Program’s rules for this under development, but will be available tomorrow. We do know that there will be procedures, fees, licenses, and renewal requirements.Currently there are no marijuana crops, no growers, no processors, testing labs or dispensaries and according to the Dispatch could take up to two years for the kinks to work itself out of the system, and that includes hiring people to do the work.

 

  • Being prescribed medical marijuana is actually a teensy bit more complicated than it sounds. You can’t just go to your doctor and ask for it like you would any other med, simply because the doctor probably won’t have the certification for it right away. Doctors must have certification, meaning not every doctor you go to will be certified. There have been no Ohio physicians that been certified to recommend medical marijuana to patients.

 

  • Patients interested in medical marijuana will have to register with the Board of Pharmacy, and the certified physician prescribing medical weed must submit the application on the patient’s behalf.

 

  • A registration will NOT be publicly available — Just like with any other medical conditions and medication, no one has a right to see that info except the patient and his or her doctor.With that said, workplaces in Ohio are not required to accommodate any use of marijuana whether it is legal or not — meaning you could still be fired or let go from your job if you test positive for marijuana, regardless if it is medical.

 

  • Caregivers will also be able to administer marijuana, but must register just like the patient. This facet of the law could make it difficult (and expensive) for caregiving companies who rotate their caregivers, meaning they would have to register all their caregivers.

 

  • Registration for the use of medical marijuana will have to be renewed.
  • Minors can use medical weed under the condition that parent or guardian gives consent.

 

  • Registered patients will only be able to hold 90 days worth of medical marijuana at a time. Depending on how much the patient takes or is prescribed to take, that’s quite a bit.The administration of weed will be highly regulated with that said, only allowing a user marijuana edibles, patches, oils, tinctures and plant material. ‘Vaping’ marijuana will be permitted, but smoking will not.

 

  • Patients can use their registration cards in other states, depending on wether Ohio has decided to work with other states’ requirements and laws.

 

  • Patients will be able to use medical weed if they have a seizure disorder, PTSD, severe chronic pain, and cancer, among many other conditions detailed on their website.

Medical marijuana will be legal today, and there are many other small notes to House Bill 523.  For more information on House Bill 523 — you can read it in full here. 

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

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Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

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Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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