Cannabis Conversations: Wednesday October 10 at 7 pm in the atrium at our office building, 2850 N Ridge Road. Join us for our next monthly conversation on how to use medical cannabis most effectively.
IHP Newsletter – September 2018
On September 12 we had the first of our monthly Cannabis Conversations. Drs. Richter and Rollow joined Donna Audia RN in leading a discussion with a group of IHP patients on how to effectively participate in the Maryland Medical Cannabis program.
Dr. Richter and Rollow reported that they have now certified several dozen patients in the Maryland program, and that patients have had mixed experiences both with the guidance provided at the dispensaries and with cannabis itself. The following recommendations emerged from the dialogue:
- When going to the dispensary, request a consultation with a dispensary staff person experienced in the use of cannabis in chronic medical conditions.
- Consider whether you want immediate-acting or longer-acting cannabis. For immediate acting, you’ll probably do best with a tincture or vape formulation. For longer-acting, you may want to use a topical formulation, or purchase buds and make your own orally ingestible formulation.
- If you are looking for pain relief and minimal “high,” use cannabis that is largely CBD or sativa-based. This may also be appropriate for use in anxiety and insomnia. If you are looking for appetite stimulation or treatment for depression, use cannabis that is largely THC or indica-based. You may also start in the middle, with a blend that is equally balanced; some patients find that this works well for pain prior to sleeping, where the “high” may not be an issue.
Our next Cannabis Conversation will be Wednesday October 10 at 7 pm in the atrium of our building, 2850 N Ridge Road. If you are interested in attending, please let us know by calling us at 410-648-2555 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to suggest a topic that you’d like to have a part of the discussion, let us know! We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.
Welcome to Marina Gan, Acupuncturist
Marina Gan Mac, LAc joined our practice in September. She is an experienced acupuncturist who has a particular interest in the use of acupuncture to treat conditions including chronic and acute pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, digestive and menstrual issues, allergies, and asthma. She is a thoughtful listener who develops her treatment plan based on consultation and feedback with you.
Marina is available for consultations Monday between 1 pm and 7 pm. The initial consultation fee is $145 and follow up sessions are $95.
Concierge Services Fee Update
At Integrative Health Practices, we are committed to making integrative care affordable. As such, we accept most insurance plans and charge a concierge fee that is much lower than that of most concierge practices. As we enter the second year of the practice, as a result of increases in our costs, we are changing our concierge services pricing to the following, for new patients and renewals effective November 1, 2018:
- Patients choosing to receive ongoing care pay an annual fee of $400. This may be paid fully prior to the first visit or renewal date.
- Patients choosing to receive consultative care pay a semi-annual fee of $250 prior to the first visit, and may renew by paying an additional $250 in six months.
- When more than one person in a family sees us, the annual charge for each additional person is $350 per year or $200 semi-annually.
- The initial $250 of any concierge fee is non-refundable.