Maybe it’s odd to use a medical marijuana website to talk about books, but in my own life, I’ve found it helpful to have an idea what people are reading and watching before trusting them with medical decisions. I love science but acknowledge its limits. I like information that is easy to understand and I’m a real sucker for stories about underdogs.Read More
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.Read More
In 1853, Alexander Wood, a physician in Scotland, administered the first intravenous drug. The drug was morphine and the idea was, that by injecting the drug directly into the vein and bypassing the mouth, the drug would be less addictive. Alexander Wood also became the first person to die from overdosing on an injectable drug. Nonetheless, by the late 1800s, physicians were dispensing hypodermic needles and instructing patients in their use. By the year 1900, 300,000 Americans were addicted to morphine.Read More
f you have been following Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program at all, you know that the state of Ohio has failed to get its marijuana dispensaries open on time. There are many reasons for this and, although it’s frustrating, I think it is better to move slow when it comes to making sure that medical marijuana is grown well, processed reliably, and sold appropriately. It is baffling, however, that it has taken greater than 2 years to make it happen…Read More
I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about CBD and wanted to synthesize a few of those conversations. I am approaching this from the western medicine perspective which uses clinical trials as the standard for evaluating the use and safety of a medicine. There are obviously many way to look at healing and plant medicine that are equally valid.Read More
Marijuana can be a vital component of wellness and can help treat many conditions, but it, like all medicines, requires a commitment to health that reaches beyond a prescription…Read More
Recently on facebook, someone politely and wisely asked if I could verify my credentials as a physician. This is my first go around with trying to interact on social media with patients and it made me realize that I needed more than saying “trust me, I’m a doctor”. So here is a brief resume and some diplomas; the sort of thing I’d expect to see on a doctors office wall…Read More
Stillwater Medicine is open and began seeing patients this past Monday. However, due to delays in the licensing of medical marijuana growers, the patient registry and dispensaries are not open and the state has not set a firm date for opening.Read More
…This means that we can see you and evaluate you for medical marijuana after tomorrow but you will not be able to legally purchase or use medical marijuana until the dispensaries and patient registry are open.Read More
Although Stillwater Medicine is focused on the medical uses of cannabis, our approach to doing so is based on our belief that wellness is only possible when mindfulness, diet, exercise, and community have been attended to.Read More
When the CBD:THC ratio favors CBD, the anti-inflammatory effects predominate and generally at ratios between 3:1 and 8:1, there is no altered sensorium of cognitive effects with cannabis. This begs the question, "Why not just take CBD without THC?", but it appears that the two compounds are synergistic and a small amount of THC potentiates the healing effects of CBD.Read More
I have a good friend who studied Icelandic language and culture; he told me that they have a nearly unpronounceable winter holiday that is celebrated by exchanging and reading books next to the fire. This sounds better than most of the Hallmark holidays we celebrate here, but I love books more than most folks.Read More
States that have implemented medical marijuana programs have 25% fewer opioid deaths. Emerging research about CBD:THC ratios and terpene-specific effects creates the possibility of using different strains of cannabis to target specific pathologies and pain syndromes.Read More
“This also gave me a chance to learn about all the other things that my patients were using or trying that were outside of the windowless, fluorescently lit box that is western medicine.”Read More
If marijuana was discovered tomorrow, it would be one of the safest, most powerful, and most useful medicines ever discovered. That being said, marijuana is not the miracle that some zealots claim it to be. Some folks would have you believe that all a human needs to thrive is marijuana, organic vegetables, and positivity. And while this regimen is certainly better than most diet crazes, fad supplements, and many medications, using marijuana for health takes more than enthusiasm and a bong.
There is no medicine that creates health by itself. Without attending to diet, exercise, stress reduction and community, it is unlikely that any doctor's intervention will meaningfully improve your long term health.
Our physicians are board certified in integrative medicine and can offer you wraparound advice for making marijuana part of a holistic strategy to promote wellness. We are open and accepting patients for Ohio's Medical Marijuana program. Come see us and see if we can work together to improve your health. No bong required.
While humans have known and used cannabis for over 5000 years it has only been in the last 50 that we have acquired a partial biochemical understanding of how it works. THC was first synthesized in 1964 and the receptors that it binds were not identified until the 1980s. From there, the question became, "Why do we have receptors for THC in the first place and how does our body use these receptors normally?"Read More
I learned more in the first 6 months of talking to patients and legal growers than I had in years of reading the available research. I learned about topical preparations, tinctures, and began to see some patterns between the strains that patients were using and the conditions that they were treating.Read More
Western medicine seems to define health as the absence of disease and often does little to promote wellness. Depending on how you look at the data, you could also make an argument that western medicine is one of the leading causes of death in our country.Read More
…as I continued through medical school and a residency in emergency medicine, I spent a lot of time in the wilderness and festival community and realized that a person could learn as much about pharmacology at Burning Man as they could in medical school if they payed attention.Read More
Ohio begins its Medical Marijuana Program on September 8, 2018. There is some question about when the dispensaries will be operational but in the Cincinnati area, Stillwater Medicine will be ready to begin seeing patients so that qualified Ohio residents will be able to legally purchase Medical Marijuana when it is available.Read More