We just got back home to Asheville, NC after a week of seeing patients in Cincinnati. Being a medical marijuana doctor in a state that hasn’t opened its dispensaries has given me free time to enjoy the city. I am impressed with its bicycle and pedestrian accessibility. My wife and I rode and walked all over the city, using a phone app to find architecture, murals, parks, and pastries. After spending the summer out west, the relaxed pace and lack of crowds in Cincinnati is really enjoyable.
I lived in Kentucky most of my life and spent a lot of time in Cincinnati in the 90s. Downtown was rough and I saw more gunshots working in an ER in Covington than I had anywhere else at the time. Seeing the city now is almost startling in a good way. The architecture, cultural diversity, and history of Cincinnati are engaging and refreshing.
The word is slowly getting out that you can see a medical marijuana doctor and use cannabis in Ohio. I’ve enjoyed the conversations that I’ve had with patients about how to use it best and how to incorporate other strategies like meditation, acupuncture, supplements, etc for the management of pain, anxiety, and other conditions. It’s a pleasant change from the pace of the emergency room to have time for real conversations about health and wellness. The yoga teachers, naturopaths, chiropractors and other members of the wellness community have been very open to collaborating with us so that our patients can have access to a network of wellness practitioners.
Ironically, as I’ve biked around introducing myself downtown, the only office that has refused to talk to me was an oncology center. Western medicine folks are still skeptical of marijuana and often afraid to look at it objectively despite their willingness to prescribe more dangerous drugs with bizarre and frightening side effects. My experiences working with medical marijuana on the west coast tell me that this will change over time. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Cincinnati later this month. Keep an eye out for me biking around.