EATON — Innovation Wellness, located at 111 South Barron St., opened this past fall, ready to offer the community alternative solutions to their ailments.
In addition to helping customers through the medical cannabis process, Innovation Wellness also offers CBD products, including oils, topicals, edibles, pet supplies, vapes, and full spectrum flower.
Owner James Godwin describes the business as “nonnarcotic pain management.” It essentially assists patients in alternative healing. The business offers everything from acupuncture, medical massage, chiropractic and medical cannabis, to CBD.
They also have an office in Cincinnati which has been operating for two years. Godwin decided to open a location in Eaton to help reduce the opiate problem, by offering those citizens an accessible way to be prescribed and treated with medical cannabis.
“Right now, all of the patients here have to go to Dayton to see a doctor. There is no reason for that. We want to focus on the small areas – the rural areas,” Godwin said. “If we focus on getting [medical cannabis] out to the people who need it, a lot of people who aren’t seeing the doctors, will come out and see them.
“Cannabis is not addictive — where your opiates are gateway drugs. We’re also focusing on the CBD side, so there are other alternatives to typical pharmaceuticals.”
The business counsels patients, whether they are looking for natural medicine or cannabis. They try to make sure the patient is given whatever medicine would help them the most.
The following are official reasons medical cannabis can be prescribed in Ohio: AIDS/HIV, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic, intractable, and severe pain, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.
Innovation Wellness also contracts with three doctors, so patients can consult a doctor who helps them get their medical cannabis prescription. After a patient has seen their primary doctor and been diagnosed with one of the problems above, they come into Innovation Wellness for their counseling session.
Once staff deems cannabis would be the right path, the patient visits with the cannabis doctor to work on the prescription process. Innovation Wellness even helps patients file their medical cannabis paperwork with the State of Ohio.
Godwin added, 50 percent of his patients are not seeing a medical doctor, because they have no interest in pharmaceuticals.
“That is the only option they have, so they stay home and they self medicate with cannabis. Now, we’re trying to get them all legal and get them to a point where they’re able to medicate properly,” he said. “We do a lot of education through here. We spend time working with patients to figure out what type of meds to use.”
Innovation Wellness is also working on establishing a CBD store in West Manchester.
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