It seems that every time a new miracle treatment is announced these days it has to do with the effects of cannabis.
You may have seen videoclips on social media of patients who could not function, then after smoking or vaping some cannabis acts like a person with zero signs of their illness. Indeed, cannabis appears to be alleviating symptoms like the shakes or stutters and improving quality of life for so many people.
Medical marijuana is what we call specific strains of cannabis grown in a controlled setting for the purpose of medicinal use. Medical marijuana is used for epilepsy, digestive issues, pain, and more. The real surprise? Medical marijuana performs as advertised.
There are many different preparations and delivery systems involving medical marijuana. Patients may be prescribed it as an oil to administer in drops under the tongue, as capsules to swallow, or in edible form. It may be vaporized or smoked (note that Ohio law allows vaping but not smoking of medical marijuana). It may also be administered via patch or lotion applied to the skin.
For each U.S. state that allows medical marijuana, there are medical conditions that qualify a person to be able to legally use medical marijuana. Even children diagnosed with certain conditions may qualify, under the guidance and oversight of a parent or legal guardian.
Residents of Ohio must be diagnosed with at least one of the 21 medical conditions the state has deemed a qualifying condition in order to partake in medical marijuana.
The most common of these 21 qualifying conditions include severe chronic pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), as well as:
- Cancer. Use of medical marijuana during cancer treatments can help patients who are nauseous and tired from their chemo or radiation therapy treatments regain their zest for life. Medical marijuana can stimulate appetite, combat nausea, and permit a person to undergo chemo with a minimal number of side effects.
- Spinal Cord Injury. People with spinal cord injuries often feel painful pins and needles type sensation in the area of the injury. Medical marijuana can alleviate those symptoms, especially when standard treatment has failed.
- Epilepsy. The use of medical cannabis has proven very effective at reducing the frequency and severity of seizures attributed to epilepsy in children and adults.
- Multiple Sclerosis. Medical marijuana can relieve pain and muscular spasms associated with MS.
- HIV. In a recent study, almost all participants with an HIV-positive status reported improvements in appetite, and reductions in pain, nausea, and anxiety with the use of medical marijuana.
In Ohio, a qualifying physician has the power to recommend certain amounts and types of cannabis for medical use each month.
For more information about how medical marijuana and integrative medicine can be used to address your medical condition or concern, call Dr. David Zainey at InteCare Medical Clinic in Fairborn, Ohio, at (937) 874-5766. You can also submit an appointment request now.