Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain
Opioid addiction has ensnared millions of Americans in recent years, causing untold pain, economic burden, and even death. In fact, the majority of overdose deaths each year are due to these highly addictive pain-relieving drugs. So, it’s no wonder that doctors and patients alike would welcome medical marijuana as a much safer, natural alternative.
Like opioids, medical marijuana can effectively alleviate health problems such as chronic pain and many other symptoms – but without the addiction that can lead to overdose and death.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Marijuana
To make a first-time appointment with InteCare Medical Clinic, click the Become a New Patient button in the Patient Portal and select New Patient. Alternatively, you can fill out the appointment request form within the portal or call us at (937) 874-5766.
Well in advance of your first appointment, you must request that your relevant medical records be sent to our doctor. You should request these through your current doctor’s office. For your convenience, a medical records release form is available for you to download, complete, and submit to your current doctor.
Consultations are by advance appointment and we require prepayment for your first appointment. We accept debit and credit cards.
If you are requesting treatment under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, your medical records must support the prior diagnosis, treatment, and progress of your qualifying condition. Relevant medical records must also include any mental health, substance use disorder, and HIV-AIDS diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes.
Patients participating in narcotic substance abuse treatment programs must have permission for medical marijuana treatment sent along with their medical records. Otherwise, the presence of THC in your system could be used as grounds for dismissal from the program and jeopardize your treatment.
Child patients must have either a passport or a state identification card from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Children should be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.
No. Your current physician can refer you, but it is not necessary.
Your medical records, however, should be received by this office as far in advance of your initial appointment as possible to avoid any delay in your assessment.
Some medical insurance plans may reimburse some of your costs or apply it toward your deductible. To facilitate this, a “superbill” will be provided to you to submit to your insurance company. The superbill lists only your diagnosis and not your treatment plan.
We are considered out-of-network by most insurance companies. Medicare and Medicaid do not provide reimbursement for visits to our office. Therefore, payment in full is required prior to seeing the doctor. For your convenience, this can be done through our patient portal or in our office.
Medical marijuana is herbal medicine made from specific strains of cannabis and grown organically in a controlled setting. This high-grade plant material is processed into medication and thoroughly tested for purity, quality, and content. Active ingredients include THC, CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids.
Quality, independently tested, state of Ohio medical marijuana obtained from your local dispensary is not covered by any health insurance.
Some pharmaceutical cannabinoids are available as FDA-controlled drugs such as Marinol® and Epidiolex®.
Ohio law permits physicians, who complete the required training, to apply for a license extension to recommend medical marijuana to Ohio residents with at least one of 21 medical conditions.
An Ohio resident must be diagnosed with one of the following 21 medical conditions currently approved for the use of medical marijuana in the state:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy/seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- HIV-positive status
You must provide medical records supporting your diagnosis of one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment in Ohio. Failure to provide these records will delay a determination of whether you qualify for medical marijuana.
Your integrative medicine physician will conduct a comprehensive medical consultation to determine if medical marijuana is indicated and if your qualifying condition is recognized by the state of Ohio. We will submit an application for a medical marijuana registration card on your behalf to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
The Board of Pharmacy will contact you upon the registration card's approval (via a valid email you provide to our office) and provide you with a link to obtain the registration card. The state of Ohio also requires a fee to be paid.
To obtain medical marijuana as part of your treatment plan, you present your registration card to a dispensary authorized by the state of Ohio to provide medical marijuana.
If you don’t qualify for medical marijuana, your physician will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan and help you understand how you may qualify for medical marijuana in the future.
Your medical marijuana registration card is valid for one year. However, it MUST be revalidated every 90 days with a progress assessment. Ohio restricts a person’s medical marijuana to no more than a 90-day supply.
- Oral: oils and tinctures (for spray and sublingual administration), capsules, and edible form
- Vaporized: plant material, metered oil, and solid extract may be used with vaporizing devices. Note: Ohio law allows medical marijuana to be vaporized but not smoked.
- Transdermal: patches
- Topical: lotions, creams, and ointments
The state of Ohio requires that an Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) report be created for any patient considering medical marijuana treatment. Ohio law further requires the consulting physician to determine if abuse or diversion of controlled substances is suspected and report such findings.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy must be informed of your medical marijuana recommendation in order to issue your medical marijuana registration card.