Medical cannabis, more commonly known as medical marijuana, refers to marijuana that is prescribed by a qualified medical professional to relieve or treat symptoms of a specific illness or condition. If you have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition and believe that medical marijuana may prove an effective addition to your treatment plan, talk to your doctor. After all, the benefits of medical marijuana are numerous and include –
Treating a Variety of Conditions
In Ohio, there currently are 21 medical conditions that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana. The list is fairly comprehensive and includes –
- AIDS and HIV-positive status
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Epilepsy/seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s Disease and Tourette’s Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spinal Cord Injury
Medical marijuana can provide pain relief together with anti-inflammatory benefits. Medical marijuana can also protect patients from nerve degeneration and other neurological concerns.
Treating Chronic Pain without Opioids
Severe or chronic pain has resulted in millions of Americans relying on – and becoming addicted to – opioids. That’s why medical marijuana is recognized as a much safer, more natural alternative for pain management. Medical marijuana has proven effective at treating chronic pain, but without the risk of addiction or the health problems that are associated with opioids.
No Need for Referrals
While your medical doctor may refer you for medical marijuana, a referral is not necessary. When consulting with a doctor who is authorized to prescribe medical marijuana, expect a thorough medical review of your records as well as a comprehensive medical exam.
Parents in Ohio who have concerns about medicating their child, whether to manage pain associated with cancer or other diseases, or for conditions like Tourette’s, may find medical marijuana an attractive alternative that does not have the risks or side-effects of other medications.
(Note: Due to the lack of definitive studies, its use in pregnancy and breast feeding is discouraged. Exposure to cannabis in children may be associated with adverse side effects and therefore must be used with caution in Children. Dr Zainey is board certified in Pediatrics and is an expert in the safe and effective treatment of children with medical marijuana.)
The Legal Fine Print
One reason why many people shy away from medical marijuana is that they are concerned about its legality. To be clear, marijuana that is used for recreation purposes is not legally obtained and is used to get high. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, is prescribed by a qualified medical doctor and used as a complementary therapy to treat medical conditions. In Ohio, when one has been prescribed medical marijuana and uses it as directed, it is legal. It is not legal to use marijuana – even for a qualifying condition – if it is not prescribed by a medical professional. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy must be informed of your medical marijuana recommendation in order that you are issued a registration card; Ohio also requires an Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) report also be created for any patient considering medical marijuana treatment.
Medical Marijuana for Integrative Care in Fairborn, Ohio
In Ohio, use or possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is prohibited by law. Those seeking integrative, holistic care that incorporates use of medical marijuana must be prescribed by a licensed and certified medical practitioner. At InteCare Medical Clinic, Dr. David Zainey is certified by the state of Ohio to perform evaluations and make recommendations to develop practical, results-oriented treatment plans that empower patients to take control of their health and better manage their medical conditions. If you are interested in learning more about integrative medicine and holistic care as well as if medical marijuana could benefit you, call Dr. Zainey today at (937) 874-5766 or request an appointment.