About Our Practice
Dr. Loraine Glaser-Zakem
Director, Medical Marijuana Health Consultants
I am a native of Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1985. I am board certified in Internal Medicine and was in private practice for 5 years before spending the subsequent 23 years in various Emergency Departments throughout the Tri-State area. I also staffed two Urgent Care centers until this past year, which I chose to leave due to unreasonable demands of physicians to see too many patients per hour. I do not believe that to be in the patient's best interest.
My personal interest in MMJ (medical marijuana) began with a family member who was able to break a 20-year addiction to an opiod by using medical marijuana products. I have found that there have been many more clinical studies with good methodology in the past five to ten years by reputable American medical centers such as the University of Michigan (medical cannabis has been legal for more than ten years in Michigan), University of San Diego, as well as many international studies. Most of the information I have learned was not taught in medical school and continues to be unfortunately ignored by many practicing physicians. Good scientific evidence is readily available. One of my goals in this practice, in addition to patient education, will be to participate in MMJ clinical research trials.
After extensive research into the uses of MMJ, I decided to dedicate my current practice to exclusively provide evaluations to those patients who may benefit from its therapeutic effects. One of my primary goals in this practice is to educate both patients and other physicians regarding the science and recent research in the rapidly changing MMJ field.
My focus is on bettering patients' lives through reduction of pain and anxiety associated with many medical conditions. There are also significant therapeutic neuroprotective qualities of MMJ which benefit patients with neuromuscular disorders such as Alzheimer's, MS, Parkinsonism, traumatic brain injury, and ALS among others. Israeli studies have shown significant improvement for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, MMJ is an excellent alternate to NSAIDs or opioids for many types of pain, both acute and chronic. Last but not least, MMJ has been shown to have anti-tumor effects in animal studies. I will tailor my recommendations to each patient's individual qualifying medical condition.
La Doctora Habla Español
Hablamos su idioma. La doctora ha trabajado en El Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas en Nicaragua, también ha dirigido misiones de brigadas de doctores en Nicaragua. Ella vivio en Guatemala en su juventud. Esta disponible para ayudarle en su propia idioma.
21 QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR OHIO
Under Ohio law, the list below are qualifying medical conditions for the prescription of medical marijuana. Six more diagnoses are currently under consideration for inclusion but are not yet approved, including chronic anxiety and opioid use disorder.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or injury
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program
Ohio’s official resource for the medical marijuana control program. Their website has frequently asked questions and walks you through the steps and requirements to become a medical marijuana patient.
States that legalized medical marijuana had 25% reduction in opioid related deaths
This is based on the findings of an October 2014 study by Bachhuber et al. Click below to read an article summarizing their findings and also to read their full study.
READ THE ARTICLE
READ THE STUDY
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Location & Hours
Located within Sanctuary DermSPA
9509 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: (513) 793-0420
Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 2pm - 7pm
Wednesday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED
Initial Consultation (approximately 45 minutes): $225
Initial evaluation includes a consultation and follow-up visit. A $50 deposit is due at the time of making your appointment. This deposit is non-refundable without a cancellation call.
The state of Ohio requires patients to participate in a response to medication survey once a year. We will walk through this process to ensure continued treatment.