Finding a Medical Marijuana Doctor might not be as easy as you imagined. A few years ago, many doctors in Oklahoma did not take medical marijuana very seriously. While the tide is changing, there are still many doctors who don’t see the value for their patients. As one doctor put it, “when you spend your undergraduate days watching people in college smoking and sleeping their futures away, it’s easy to reject marijuana as a real medical solution”.
But then the palliative care specialist began to look seriously at the benefits for their patients and the mindset in the medical community began to change.
“With the opioid epidemic at crisis level, it’s wise for us to evaluate all our options for people who live with chronic pain. I am in favor of pursuing natural healthcare solutions for patients instead of adding more dangerous and unhealthy narcotics,” says Dr. Henry Ramirez, a board certified Oklahoma OBGYN who has traveled the country to study with some of the world’s most renowned alternative medicine specialists.
Dr. Ramirez hosts a monthly clinic in Ardmore at IV Health Center to talk with patients who are interested in learning more about how medical marijuana might help their individual pain issues. He has worked with patients throughout Southern Oklahoma who seek non-narcotic solutions.
Why I Became An Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Doctor
“I started doing this because I really believe these solutions are better for many people than most of the pain and anxiety medications that I see prescribed today. Many of our patients have come to the end of their rope in dealing with the side-effects of the prescriptions they have been using. I’ve seen patients who are taking drugs they are unsure about, for painful conditions that are not adequately controlled. It can leave them struggling every minute of the day,” says Ramirez.
During a recent clinic he saw patients for depression, pain management, cancer therapy, glaucoma, seizure disorder, and PTSD. His goal is to help his patients regain the life they had before symptoms took away their joy.
“When you see patients who are struggling to make life work on a daily basis, you start grasping for all the options that could be life changing for the patient. I think that’s why many doctors have turned to medical marijuana. It may not be the perfect option, but for many people, it’s a better option,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez added, “We believe in an integrative approach to medicine – finding the right balance of traditional medicine and alternative care. It’s the right thing to do for our patients and it’s changing lives every day.”
Patients can see Dr. Ramirez for medical marijuana recommendation in clinic during regular clinic hours, or during his special monthly evening and weekend clinics. Patients can also schedule private, online consultations with Dr. Ramirez at www.onlinemmjdoctor.com