MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Our Medicinal Marijuana Services

 A question often asked regarding medical cannabis for pain is "Is this new craze over medical marijuana & CBD (medical cannabis) a modern version of snake oil or does it really work?"  Actually, there is clear evidence that cannabis does really help certain symptoms such as pain and often with less risk than other medications.  Cannabis is marijuana.  There are two main drugs that come from using marijuana - CBD and THC.  Both of these substances are pain relievers leading to the most common use of medical marijuana - chronic pain. 
 
CBD has no psychoactive effects whereas THC can, in higher doses, cause a "high".  These drugs are not FDA approved for any specific medical problem but have been shown to reduce the need for opiates and NSAIDS (like Ibuprofen and Naproxen) in patients with chronic pain. Both of these types of medications have clear, known risks. This is the reason physicians, like myself, have studied this new therapy and have agreed to certify patients for its use.  Medical marijuana is legal in New York state under certain conditions and a physician certified in its use can legally authorize its use in a patient.  No drug is risk free, so discussing the pros and cons with your certifying physician is essential for optimal effect. The way this works is that your physician will evaluate your medical problems and determine if cannabis might help you. If this is felt to be of benefit to you then your doctor will certify you officially.
 
You may then take the certificate to a cannabis dispensary to register or register online for your Registry ID card. At the dispensary a pharmacist will review your medications and your medical issues and help you with choosing doses and strengths of cannabis. We will help you with choosing a dispensary that is staffed properly with certified pharmacists who are trained in this treatment.
 
As to who can qualify for medical cannabis the New York State Department of Health website makes it clear: 
 
"You may be eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life threatening conditions:
 
Cancer
HIV infection or AIDS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Parkinson's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Spinal cord injury with spasticity
Epilepsy
Inflammatory bowel disease
Neuropathy, Huntington's disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Chronic pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi))
Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder.
 
The severe debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions:
 
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Severe or chronic pain
Severe nausea
Seizures
Severe or persistent muscle spasms
PTSD or opioid use disorder."

Please talk to your practitioner about whether medical marijuana may help you.

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