Here are a few ways we are leading the conversation about Medical Marijuana:
It is Compassionate Cleveland’s mission to provide personalized medical and behavioral care, in order to optimize the treatment and reduce the risks of medical Cannabis.
Stigma is a known risk of marijuana1.
There are strong and divergent opinions about marijuana. For patients with questions about medical marijuana, these debates can have negative effects. As mental health providers, we are very aware of the negative effects that stigma has on our patients and our community. We understand that it can be difficult to ask for a Medical Marijuana recommendation. Stigma is difficult to deal with. It causes delays or avoidance of your treatment. Compassionate Cleveland values a respectful, stigma-free, client-centered, and trauma-informed environment. We are here to help you process and manage all the complicated aspects of Medical Marijuana, including stigma.
Our approach to physical and emotional health makes us unique.
Our approach to Medical Marijuana makes us leaders.
High-quality healthcare cannot exist without high-quality mental healthcare. Our physicians are leaders in providing mental health in Northeastern Ohio. We have the experience to understand your complex history and have the knowledge to guide you through the next step in your treatment.
For example, people with fibromyalgia have a 7x increased risk of depression3. Parkinson’s disease is associated with a 2.5x increase in depression risk4. Many of Ohio’s qualifying conditions are associated with an increased risk of suicide. Multiple Sclerosis is reported to double a person’s risk of suicide5. Compared to people without PTSD, the suicide risk of people with PTSD is nearly 6 times higher6. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are reported to have a staggering 8.8-fold increase in the risk of suicide7.
Research, Academics, & Evidence
Our physicians have years of experience as primary and sub-investigators in randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.
Our findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals. We have reviewed decades of data to create clinical guidelines for clinical reference manuals. We present at professional conferences, grand rounds, symposiums, and community education forums.
Our academically ranked physicians train the next generation of healthcare providers. We create and lead innovative services in hospitals and in the community. We work closely with regional, national, and international universities to train fellows, residents, medical students, physician assistants, and nurses.
Our physicians use a translational medicine approach to help you apply the latest scientific information to your daily life. Using plain language, we will help you understand the potential risks and benefits of your treatments so you can make the best decision regarding your health.
Peace of Mind
With our team’s vigilant monitoring of current regulations, you may rest assured that your medical care and recommendations are fully compliant with Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.
You have choices about where to obtain a recommendation for Medical Marijuana. We believe that you deserve a physician who is able to identify, measure, and manage the physical and emotional aspects of your health. Compassionate Cleveland can help you.
Our approach to physical and emotional health makes us unique. Our approach to Medical Marijuana makes us leaders.
Satterlund TD, Lee JP, Moore RS: Stigma Among California’s Medical Marijuana Patients. J Psychoactive Drugs 47:10-17, 2015
Lan C, Tseng C, Chen J, et al: Increased risk of a suicidal event in patients with primary fibromyalgia and in fibromyalgia patients with concomitant comorbidities: a nationwide population-based cohort study. Medicine 95:44, 2016
Grover S, Somaiya M, Kumar S, et al: Psychiatric aspects of Parkinson’s disease. J Neurosci Rural Pract 6:65-76. 2015
Brenner P, Burkill S, Jokinen J, et al: Multiple Sclerosis and risk of attempted and completed suicide – a cohort study. Eur J Neurol 23: 1329-36. 2016
Dekel S, Gilbertson MW, Orr SP, et al: Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, in Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry, 2nd edition. Edited by Stern TA, Fava M, Wilens TE, Rosenbaum JF. London, Elsevier, 2016, pp 380-394
Ahmedani BK, Peterson EL, Hu Y, et al: Major Physical Health Conditions and Risk of Suicide. Am J Prev Med S0749-3797(17)30222-2, 2017
Dr. Zaraa is a board-certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Professor Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University.