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Stacy R.
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“I began [using] cannabis 2 years ago. My doctor recommended it for chronic pain. I had been on narcotics and opioids since 1995, after being run over by a 2 ton fork lift. [Because I was] on the pharmaceuticals for so long, my kidneys failed. Putting me into stage 5 kidney failure.

I tried smoking canabis, but, I don’t like to feel high and it burned my throat. I make my own edibles and usually take it at night so I can sleep. I love it. It works great to get rid of my pain and swelling and I sleep all night now. On the meds, I was lucky if I slept 2 hours a night.

My nephrologist (kidney doctor) says I am healthier now than I have been in years. I sleep better and eat better. I have less food aversions.

My chronic pain is much better controlled and I get sleep. I have much more energy during the day.

[I have been introduced] to the various types of cannabis and the different ways to use it.

Had medical marijuana been legal years ago, My kidneys wouldn’t have failed due to narcotics and opioids.”

Gail S.
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Gail started using medical cannabis in 2014, following a diagnosis of idiopathic neuropathy. At that same time, she changed her diet, began to lower gluten followed by eliminating dairy, red meat, and sugar. “My husband and I are now moving towards a plant-based diet. This diet, in combination with cannabis and its anti-inflammatory properties have greatly improved my health.” She enjoys vaping flower, tinctures, oils, and eating healthy edibles, commenting on how they are lacking on the cannabis market.

“As stated above, cannabis and diet changes have both contributed to my increase in health. I’ve lost weight and have maintained a healthy weight; I no longer have headaches, or “brain-fog”. My joint pain in my elbows, wrists, and fingers is gone, and my neuropathy pain is almost entirely gone as well.” Gail also gave up alcohol, and claims she is much healthier because of it.

She has experienced amazing benefits from using cannabis. “I sleep much better; therefore, I function much better. I’m less anxious throughout the day, and less tired at night. My stress level is now manageable – I’m much nicer.”

“I feel 100% confident that I will receive strong advice, and quality products, when I come to Om. The environment is absolutely beautiful, as well as welcoming. the staff is professional. The whole experience better legitimzed this industry.”

Gail has now introduced her mother (94 years old) and mother-in-law (84) to medical cannabis, specifically CBD, to increase their health. She also has become the caretaker for a close friends of hers, who is treating the side of effects of traditional cancer treatments with cannabis. “It makes me feel really good to be able to guide my friend to make educated choices in products to alleviate her nausea and increase her energy.“

Zahra Abbas
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“I started using cannabis around 4 years ago to get control of my seizures,” Zahra begins, “But cannabis did a lot more than that. It made me seizure free and able to get off all my meds.” She began taking capsules of cannabis oil because it’s easier to remember to when medicate and the dosage is consistent. Cannabis impacted her health in many ways. Her seizures being controlled improved her overall health because she was able to manage her epilepsy, which therefore, allowed her to manage her depression and anxiety.

“Being able to control my seizures, depression, and anxiety has allowed me to manage other things in my life.” Zahra was able to go back to school and finally learn how to drive. She will be starting a job and doing many other things that she once had to rely on others to help her do.

“Places like Om provide a comfortable and safe feeling environment for cannabis access.” She continues to explain how having places like Om gives people (especially those who are new to cannabis, or patients who are getting it for their children) a place where they can feel comfortable getting a medicine that will “provide relief for them”.

“I was very skeptical of cannabis. Even when I first started it I refused to believe that it had done anything. I chose to believe it was a new medicine that I had recently started.” After being seizure free for 3 months, Zahra took a trip on an airplane without it. “I started having seizures the next day and during one of them, I broke my hand pretty badly after falling off the bed.” The days she came back from her trip, she began taking cannabis again and was seizure free beginning that same day. “I was able to get through the healing of my broken hand with no pain meds at all; and, the following year, I was able to recover from my surgery without pain meds. Just cannabis. I also love the friends I have made, and the opportunities I have been given, through this journey.”

Consultative Approach
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We often hear from patients that we are truly unique and “one of the best in the country”. It is high praise that we are always honored to receive. But what makes this so? We do our best to make it look effortless, but in fact, a lot of strategic thought goes behind providing the best experience possible for our patients. While there are many ways we work tirelessly to provide a unique experience, I will just be outlining one, and arguably the most important, for this post.

One of the greatest features Om of Medicine is proud to offer is our focus on a Consultative Approach for the provisioning of medical cannabis.

In early 2010, Mark and Keith set out to see how dispensaries across the country set up their facilities. They were surprised to find that almost all were set up with one general counter for purchasing medication. Patients were expected to talk about their ailments shoulder to shoulder with other patients, often times with patients waiting in line behind them. Quickly they realized they wanted to create something different. Thus, the consultative approach was born.

Starting off with two private consultation rooms and now three at our new space, our facility is designed to bring patients into a private room where they can discuss options in a one-on-one setting with a trained consultant.

A feature like this allows patients to take all the time they need to digest (not literally) all of the possible medical applications of cannabis that are available to them. We have seen time and time again just how important this is.

For example: when someone is brand new to cannabis and full of questions, or when they are dealing with a life-threatening diagnosis like cancer, privacy is tremendously important.

Patients are able to learn about cannabis, the methods of administration, and the specific products we carry with the guidance of an Om consultant. This feature is FREE of charge. No appointment needed.

One of the biggest offerings we have for our patients is our full-time Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Litinas and is available to assist patients in their cannabis journey. While he does not fill out certification forms, his role is to provide the next level of patient care and to facilitate research with the University of Michigan.

We follow a standardized approach to dosing for new patients and are engaging actively in research with the University of Michigan to test that standardized approach.

We track each patient’s journey and offer follow-ups with phone calls and emails, free of charge.

A consultative approach not only allows for personalized guidance but also allows for unique relationships to form. You can visibly see a patient’s demeanor change when you take them into a private room where they are able to sit down, take a breath, and think about their options. We have the privilege of getting to know our patients, learning about their lives and sharing in their journey. Not only are we able to take part in their healing but we get to hear about their promotions, their new house, a new baby in the family, an exciting vacation, etc. We are also able to offer a listening ear for their struggles at work, frustrations with the medical system, and sometimes, even a death in the family. Holding space for all of life’s experiences gives a rich fullness to the work we do every day.

If you have had a positive experience with Om, jump on over to our testimonial page and share your story! Share it with friends and family. Share it with your circles. Talk about it and do it often. Sharing our stories with cannabis is one of the most effective tools we have for dismantling prohibition.

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Allen R. – September 2018
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Allen began using cannabis in  August of 2016. He had been prescribed the pharmaceutical drug Flexeril for his muscle spasms. This medication was not helping to treat his health condition, and was causing serious damage to his liver. He began smoking flower to help his condition.
“It is easier to dose…because the effect is immediate. It stops my muscle spasms, [decreases] much of the pain, and allows me to sleep.”
Cannabis allows Allen to deal with his pain and, therefore, have “more of a life”.  “I feel a lot better on cannabis than I did on Gabapentin and Flexeril. I also feel better knowing cannabis is not killing my kidneys and liver.” 
He feels good about purchasing his medicine from places like Om of Medicine because the products are safe and have been tested. “Nature has a way that big pharma just cannot reproduce!”

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Justin M. – September 2018
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Justin began using cannabis in 2009. He prefers smoking his medicine not only because of the fast effect, but also because the physical smoke is therapeutic to him. “Smoking cannabis is a relaxing and uplifting experience. Without cannabis, my body gets tight and aches, my back will go out much easier, and my nerve pain is much more significant.” Justin says cannabis also vastly improves his mental condition, helping to regulate his emotions when in painful situations that can otherwise be difficult to control. “Clean, safe cannabis, without any type of contamination, is the only way I can stay productive and live a normal, healthy, happy life.”

“Before cannabis, I was burning up. My body was failing and I had no relief from chronic anger and pain. Cannabis gave me my life back.”

Justin notes that we are still facing a great challenge ahead with the many people constantly trying to undermine access to medical cannabis. Emphasizing that clean medicine sources, free of chemical contamination, are a necessity, he hopes places that care about their patients and product become more available. Lastly, he leaves us with a quote:

“The discovery of the human Endocannabinoid System is the greatest medical breakthrough since germ theory with the potential to save more lives than sterile surgical practice.” ~Dr. David Allen, PhD.

Parkinson’s Disease
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Key Findings:

The endocannabinoid system as a target for the treatment of motor dysfunction (2009)
  • “There is evidence that cannabinoid-based medicines… might be beneficial in basal ganglia disorders, namely Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Huntington’s disease (HD).”
  • These benefits not only include the alleviation of specific motor symptoms [e.g. choreic movements..bradykinesia..and tremor], but also the delay of disease progression due to the neuroprotective properties demonstrated for cannabinoids (e.g. CB1 agonists reduce excitotoxicity; CB2 agonists limit the toxicity of reactive microglia; and antioxidant cannabinoids attenuate oxidative damage)
Survey on Cannabis Use in Parkinson’s Disease: Subjective Improvement of Motor Symptoms (2004)
  • “Patients using cannabis for at least 3 months reported significantly more often a mild or substantial alleviation of their PD symptoms in general, improvement of resting tremor, bradykinesia, and muscle rigidity.”
  • “The late onset of cannabis action is noteworthy. Because most patients reported that improvement occurred approximately 2 months after the first use of cannabis, it is very unlikely that it could be attributed to a placebo reaction”
Promising cannabinoid-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease: motor symptoms to neuroprotection. (2015)
  • Two important neuroprotective mechanisms are elicited by cannabinoids in experimental models of PD.
    • First, they decrease increased oxidative stress in PD, a mechanism that seems to be independent of any involvement of cannabinoid receptors.
    • Second, they increase density of CB2 cannabinoid receptors, mainly in reactive microglia, which regulate micro-functions of glial cells and homeostasis of surrounding neurons
  • “Reducing glutamate release is a prominent effect of cannabinoid agonists that might affirm their role as potential anti-excitotoxic compounds for use as PD therapeutics.”
Self-Reported Efficacy of Cannabis and Other Complementary Medicine Modalities by Parkinson’s Disease Patients in Colorado (2015)
  • “While only a small number of participants in our study reported use of cannabis for PD, those that did reported benefits in mood (56%), sleep (56%), motor symptoms (22%), and quality of life (22%).”
  • “Our data suggests that PD patients in our cohort tend to utilize cannabis for its impact on nonmotor symptoms rather than motor symptoms, and it was rated as the most effective therapy for sleep and mood improvement amongst all CAMs [Complementary and alternative medicine]”
Cannabinoids and neuroprotection in basal ganglia disorders. (2007)
  • “They [cannabinoids] are able to decrease inflammation by acting on glial processes that regulate neuronal survival and to restore blood supply to injured area by reducing the vasoconstriction produced by several endothelium-derived factors.”
  • “…cannabinoids may provide neuroprotection in different neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s chorea, two chronic diseases that are originated as a consequence of the degeneration of specific nuclei of basal ganglia, resulting in a deterioration of the control of movement.”
Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) Treatment for Motor and Non–Motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease: An Open-Label Observational Study (2014)
  • “Mean (SD) total score on the motor Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale score improved significantly …after cannabis consumption. Analysis of specific motor symptoms revealed significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia.”
  • “There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed. The study suggests that cannabis might have a place in the therapeutic armamentarium of PD.”
Medical Cannabis in Parkinson Disease: Real-Life Patients’ Experience (2017)
  • Medical cannabis was found to improve symptoms of PD in the initial stages of treatment and did not cause major adverse effects in this pilot, 2-center, retrospective survey.”
Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)
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