Medical marijuana patients are using it to treat serious diseases
A medical marijuana dispensary in Lexington, Ohio is being hailed as the first in the country to deliver medical marijuana to patients with cancer.
A number of other medical marijuana dispensaries are operating in Ohio and in other states, but the Lexington clinic, in the heart of the Ohio city, is the first to offer it.
“There’s a lot of medical marijuana patients that are very sick, and we want to help them,” said Dr. Eric Pappas, medical director of the Lexington Clinic.
“The medical marijuana is a really good treatment for some of the conditions that we treat in our practice.”
The clinic, which opened its doors last fall, has grown from 10 patients to more than 50.
Patients have been told the marijuana will be given to them in pill form, and it is administered at a speed of only about two to three grams per day.
“It’s a relatively low dosage, but it’s the amount of medicine that you’re going to need to treat a patient,” Pappassas said.
Pappasse says the clinic has seen a number of patients seeking medical marijuana prescriptions and are seeing patients coming in from all over the country.
Some are in their 70s and 80s who have been living with cancer and don’t know they have it.
“They’re looking for something that’s pain-relieving and that will give them relief from pain,” Pascall said.
“These are people who are living with chronic pain, and if they can’t take their pain medication, they are going to use this.”
Pappasses said patients are also being encouraged to use medical marijuana with other drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and other pain relievers.
“We’re not looking for a quick fix,” Papanas said, “but if a patient can take their medications, they can take it, and there’s no risk of overdose.”
The Lexington Clinic has also seen a surge in patients seeking treatment for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, Pappasa said.
The clinic also sees patients with a variety of conditions including chronic pain and multiple sclerosis.
Papanasse said the clinic is seeing a spike in requests for cannabis-based medications.
“There’s just a lot more people using cannabis than we’ve seen in the past,” he said.
For patients like Ramiro Diaz, who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May, cannabis is a natural treatment.
“I’ve been sick for four months now, and I’ve been really sick for two,” Diaz said.
Diaz said the medication he received from the Lexington dispensary helped ease his pain, but he said it was still a little frustrating to have to use a prescription to buy cannabis.
“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go to the doctor and just give them some more cannabis, and that’s going to get me through,'” Diaz said, noting that he was also seeing a lot other patients who were also suffering from the same issues.
Pascalls said the Lexington Medical Marijuana dispensary is the latest in a series of dispensaries that are expanding to the Westlake area, and he hopes to see more dispensaries in Ohio soon.
“My goal is to see Ohio grow,” Pancall said, adding that there’s a need for more medical marijuana in the state.
Pappa said that while he can’t say how many medical marijuana companies have opened in Ohio, he does know that the state has an “overall boom” in medical marijuana businesses.
The Lexington Medical marijuana dispensary, which was originally founded by a couple of friends, has been expanding to offer patients with complex pain and other medical conditions.
“A lot of patients are not having their doctors do it, so we’re looking to expand and make sure that we are treating the patients as best as we can,” Pappa added.