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New York state legislature approved medical cannabis use under the Compassionate Care Act in 2014. Under this legislation, medical marijuana may be utilized by patients suffering from certain medical conditions including cancer, chronic pain, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).New York requires that patients with qualifying conditions obtain a prescription from a registered physician who qualifies to prescribe medical marijuana in New York State. All eligible patients must be included in a registry. Dispensaries must verify patients before providing them with cannabis medicine.¬†Under New York’s medical marijuana program, patients may consume cannabis in various forms: tinctures, oils, capsules, or vaping. Smoking is currently prohibited under law.

What is Marijuana (Cannabis)?

Cannabis plants have long been utilized by both recreational and medicinal users using dried leaves, seed oil, and other parts. Their versatile use provides pleasurable experiences as well as relieving symptoms associated with various conditions such as chronic pain.Cannabis can be consumed in several different ways, from smoking, vaping, eating edibles such as brownies and candies, or applying topically, as well as taking capsules. While certain parts of cannabis’ ingredients may have psychoactive effects on users, others are non psychoactive. Its strength and composition depend upon how it was grown and manufactured.

CBD vs THC

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are among the most-studied cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and each offers unique effects. While both compounds share similarities in composition, their effects and interactions differ substantially from one another.THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that alters one’s state of mind to produce an altered mental state, otherwise known as a state of being “high.” THC could have several potential medicinal uses that include pain relief and appetite enhancement.CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive – meaning it doesn’t produce an intoxicating high or alter an individual’s state of mind. For this reason, it is often used therapeutically for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain relief. CBD may also possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it a highly sought-after natural remedy supplement.CBD and THC may produce different results on the body, yet both interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an intricate network of receptors found throughout our bodies that helps manage mood, appetite, and sleep regulation. ECS plays an integral part in maintaining homeostasis – or equilibrium within us all – which both CBD and THC may influence directly or indirectly through impactful reactions within this network.

Medical Marijuana

Since 2014, New Yorkers have had legal access to medical cannabis through the state’s medical marijuana program. To qualify, patients must be certified by healthcare providers that ensure their condition is clinically suitable and register them with the state.Recent legislation broadens eligibility criteria for medical cannabis use, allows a higher caregiver ratio per patient, and extends prescriptions beyond 30 days to allow prescriptions of up to 60 days.

Can Cannabis Be Used To Treat Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain now affects more individuals than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. It has become the leading cause of long-term disability in the US. Chronic pain due to nerve damage or inflammation may be eased with cannabis in various forms, including edibles, topical applications, or sublingual tablets. Clinical evidence supports cannabis and its components as potential agents to ease some forms of pain. There are various strains available that could have differing impacts on users.

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Clinical Studies with Cannabis?

In 2016, a clinical review of medical marijuana treatments was carried out. The purpose was to conduct an exhaustive review of medical literature on medical cannabis from 1948 through March 2015. 28 randomized clinical trials using cannabinoids as treatments were considered. The findings of the review demonstrated that cannabis could be an effective treatment option for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. Six trials involved 325 patients with chronic pain, while six other trials with 396 participants investigated neuropathic pain. 12 additional trials involving 1600 patients explored marijuana or cannabinoids as a potential therapy in managing multiple sclerosis. Cannabinoids showed positive results in treating some of these conditions, demonstrating the potential benefits of cannabinoid use.

Studies conducted in 2016 examined medical marijuana as an alternative to opioid medications in managing chronic pain. Opioids are frequently prescribed, but have limited long-term effectiveness; 244 patients using medical cannabis to manage chronic pain reported a 64% decrease in opioid usage with reduced side effects and enhanced quality of life. This demonstrated that some individuals preferred substituting opioids with cannabis as they found it more effective and beneficial.

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What Conditions May Qualify For To Use Of Medical Cannabis In New York?

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuropathies
  • Pain that degrades health and functional capability where the use of medical cannabis is an alternative to opioid use
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Substance use disorder
  • Any other condition certified by the practitioner – on March 31, 2021, New York State passed the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act, which expanded allowable medical conditions

Where Can I Get Medical Marijuana?

Dr. Ilana Etelzon is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehab/Interventional Pain management physician and is approved by New York State to prescribe medical cannabis. She is available to assist adults who want to use medical marijuana to manage their health conditions. She will provide information about the current status of medical cannabis in New York State, who is qualified to obtain a medical marijuana card, the costs involved, and how to access legal medical marijuana. If you have any questions, Dr. Etelzon is here to provide the answers you need.

After obtaining approval for medical marijuana from Dr. Etelzon, your registration with the State will be automatic. Simply print your certification and bring it along with your NY identification to your local dispensary to make a purchase.

In New York City, Dr. Ilana Etelzon is committed to providing patients with the best pain relief treatment options. Contact her team to schedule an appointment today.

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