For 5 years the Ahh! clinic has been the premier clinic specializing in advising patients about cannabis therapeutics (medical marijuana). The need for a cannabis specialty clinic such as Advanced Holistic Health arises, in part, from the lack of knowledge most traditional providers have around the dosing of marijuana products, the various methods of consumption (such as topical, oral tincture, capsule, edibles, vaporized concentrates, vaporized plant material, traditional smoking, and the juicing of raw cannabis). Many patients still face significant stigma in discussing any use of cannabis with their primary care provider, and there continues to be system-wide institutional policies against providing patients with an authorization for medicinal use (such as Swedish, the VA system, etc).
The Ahh! clinic was able to recommend cannabinoid ratios for particular conditions (such as CBD to THC; CBN, CBG, etc) and would often explain to patients how these molecules interact with their own endocannabinoid system. For chronic pain patients, for example, THC and CBD supports (rather than suppresses) a person's own endorphin system and allows for maximal natural pain reduction without the many risks associated with long term narcotic use or even long term NSAID or acetaminophen use. CBD does not have psychoactive effects so may be taken during the day for pain relief and anti-inflammatory effect, while THC can provide sedation effects for nighttime; using various ratios of these will provide for different effects, along with an entourage of anti-inflammatory effects from the terpenes and flavonoids present in the natural plant ...
However, Washington State Senate Bill 5052 as sponsored by Senator Ann Rivers (R), Senator Mike Hewittt (R), Senator Steve Conway (D), and as signed by Governor Jay Inslee (D) specifically forbids a medical practice which is primarily engaged in the discussion of medicinal cannabis with their patients and the writing of a medical authorization for use. The legislative fear was that some health care providers were abusing the system and functioning as "marijuana mills" -- unfortunately the majority of providers operating that way have already received sanctions on their license for operating outside of medical standards over the past few years.
A legislative change forbidding a cannabis specialty practice was not warranted in Washington State -- yet this will be enacted into law on July 24th of this year. We are therefore no longer taking new patients, and we are forced to close our doors to all renewal patients as of July 17, 2015. Your medical records and chart notes will be maintained in the future through The Inside Health Institute, and they can be reached at 425-485-7441.
As a final "goodbye" to our patients: It has been an honor and a pleasure to know you and see the wonderful improvements in your health over these past 5 years.
Dr. James R. Lathrop, DNP ARNP
The CANNABINOIDS are groups of natural chemical compounds found only in the cannabis plant. They affect the body and mind through their interaction with special receptors throughout the body (called CB1 and CB2). These cannabinoid receptors are richly present throughout the immune, digestive, reproductive, central and peripheral nervous systems of both humans and animals. The selective activation of these receptors with the different cannabinoids is what leads to the wide variety of medicinal effects and the extensive healing properties of cannabis. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 2009 (Vol.30 No.10 pp.515-527).
- DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis J. young, 1988.