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Medical Marijuana

Interventional Pain Center

Sachida N. Manocha, M.D.

Interventional Pain Center located in Worthington, OH & Newark, OH

For many people in and around Worthington and Newark, Ohio, medical marijuana is a powerful means of treating pain. Sachida Manocha, MD, of Interventional Pain Center offers thorough diagnostic exams and customized treatment paths that may include medical marijuana. To learn more about this natural pain relief option, book a visit with Dr. Manocha today. You can set up your visit online 24 hours a day, or simply call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 chemicals known as cannabinoids, each of which affects the body differently. Medical marijuana uses some of those chemicals to treat various painful conditions.

More than half of American states have legalized medical marijuana, and many others are considering legislation that would make this treatment available to residents. Ongoing research is underway to increase the scientific data on the efficacy of medical marijuana.

What conditions can be treated using medical marijuana?

A growing body of evidence supports the use of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain. Additional conditions that are treated with cannabis include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Eating disorders
  • Nausea
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain mental health issues
  • Glaucoma
  • Wasting syndrome

The active chemicals in marijuana are not unlike the chemicals your body manufactures to enhance appetite, memory, and movement. When used as a treatment option, these cannabinoids can help reduce anxiety, reduce inflammation, relax tight muscles, and stimulate appetite.

How is medical marijuana taken?

There are various ways to take medical marijuana, including:

  • Smoking
  • Inhaling through a vaporizer device
  • Consuming through food products
  • Topical application in lotions, oils, or sprays
  • Via liquid drops under your tongue

There are pros and cons associated with each approach. Dr. Manocha discusses each option in detail to help you determine the best course of action.

Can’t I just use recreational marijuana to treat my pain?

Medical marijuana requires a written recommendation from a licensed physician. Furthermore, Dr. Manocha uses medical marijuana as one part of a comprehensive pain management approach.

Medical marijuana is carefully controlled, which ensures that you’re receiving a product that has passed numerous quality controls. Buying on the street increases your risk of obtaining a product that contains additives or is of poor quality.

After a thorough diagnostic examination, Dr. Manocha will discuss your treatment options, which may include medical marijuana. Once you understand the pros and cons of various approaches, you’re able to make an informed decision about your care.

If medical marijuana becomes part of your treatment plan, Dr. Manocha helps track and evaluate your results. Your treatment plan may shift over time as your needs change. Having access to an experienced pain management specialist ensures that you remain on the treatment track that’s right for you. To learn more, book an appointment with Dr. Manocha today, online or by phone.