Chronic pain vs Medical Marijuana in New York
New York State Department of Health has a particular view when it comes to using medical marijuana to treat Chronic Pain. While many people experience pain in different ways, people with a medical condition that qualifies under the Compassionate Care Act (CCA) in New York can use medical marijuana if Chronic Pain disrupts their lives.
If you are suffering from Chronic Pain and are looking for a solution with medical marijuana, the online cannabis doctors at MMJ Doctors New York can help you today. We are available to help you with an online medical marijuana recommendation and an online cannabis card, so you can start treating your Chronic Pain today.
This qualifying condition is defined as “severe or Chronic Pain resulting in substantial limitation of function” (health.ny.gov, 2017) under Chapter 13, section 1004.2 of the Compassionate Care Act. Chronic Pain lasts for long periods of time and persists over several days, weeks, or even months. This can be caused by a medical condition or an injury that is still healing or an injury that may have healed incorrectly, which may have caused other conditions in the body. People who have had their lives disrupted or who are unable to perform regular functions without some type of pain in the body would consider their pain to be chronic.
The initial qualifying medical conditions determined by the New York State Department of Health did not include Chronic Pain as a qualifying condition of its own. However, after several months of debate and consideration, the state finally allowed practitioners to recommend medical marijuana based solely on Chronic Pain. Part of the reason Chronic Pain was approved was based on the residual symptoms that affect patients with other qualifying conditions. For example, a person with neuropathy may suffer from constant pain before they are diagnosed with neuropathy. In fact, tens of thousands of people in New York deal with Chronic Pain as a result of a medical condition, and many have resorted to stronger, opioid-derived drugs to help reduce the pain. Research published by the US Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health indicated that “medical marijuana legalization is associated with reductions of 23% in hospitalizations due to opioid dependence and 13% due to overdose” (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2017).
The approval of medical marijuana is also based on New York’s efforts to help provide alternative options away from opioids for patients who deal with Chronic Pain. For patients who are currently taking opioids to combat the pain, our cannabis doctors will work with you, so you can start living without a dependence on opioid prescriptions. According to the New York State Department of Health, there were 7.3 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 that died between 2013 and 2015 as a result of opioid overdose (health.ny.gov, 2017).
Medical marijuana may be able to help you find relief from your Chronic Pain, so you will not have to depend on opioids in the future. The process is simple. Through our telehealth platform, we are able to provide you with an online appointment and an online medical marijuana recommendation.
Many of the conditions that qualify to use medical marijuana will typically cause Chronic Pain, such as Cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Spinal cord injury with spasticity, Inflammatory bowel disease, Neuropathy, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, and severe nausea. There are many other reasons for a person to experience Chronic Pain. Although some medical conditions may not be a qualifying medical condition for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana, but the fact that you have Chronic Pain may help support your case.
Any of the qualifying conditions can help you obtain a medical marijuana recommendation online, but Chronic Pain can also be caused by other conditions, so be sure to disclose all related medical information to our online cannabis doctors during your appointment. When you set an online appointment with one of our state-licensed medical marijuana doctors at MMJ Doctors New York, we will thoroughly examine your medical history to determine if medical marijuana is right for you.
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The Tipping Point for Chronic Pain
There are many cannabis activist groups that swear by the medical influence that medical marijuana has on patients with Chronic Pain, but lawmakers are not as easily convinced when the substance is looked through a federal lens, which is part of the reason passing the use of medical marijuana in New York took longer than other states. However, now that it’s passed and has been written into state law, it’s important to understand why recommending medical marijuana for Chronic Pain is such a crucial part of both the medical and cannabis communities.
When a person experiences pain, the nerves in the body are sending signals to the brain, which ultimately tell the person that they are feeling pain. The same events occur with Chronic Pain, only the nerves can be worn down by constantly firing pain signals to the brain and misfires can then begin happening. The endocannabinoid systems (ECs) in the body assists in regulating the amount of the signals sent between neurotransmitters. Basically, ECs play a part in helping your body process the pain. The body naturally produces cannabinoids (also found in medical marijuana) to help the body cope with the pain, but the body cannot produce enough cannabinoids to help the body recover from the pain when the pain is chronic. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two compounds in medical marijuana that assist in creating cannabinoids in the body. This is why medical marijuana is used for Chronic Pain.
In a recent study conducted by a panel of health professionals from the University of California at Berkeley and Kent State University, approximately 2,800 patients with Chronic Pain were surveyed to determine the type of pain medicine they were using and what types they preferred. The doctors found that 828 patients had used opioids as a pain medication in the past and some had also used cannabis together with their opioid prescription. However, the research concluded that 97% of patients preferred medical marijuana by itself to use for pain relief (liebertpub.com, 2017). In the end, the researchers determined that “future research should track clinical outcomes where cannabis is offered as a viable substitute for pain treatment and examine the outcomes of using cannabis as a medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence” (liebertpub.com, 2017). Although opioids can be a powerful pain medication in which many medical conditions that produce Chronic Pain are treated successfully, there is still an extremely high chance for patients to overuse, abuse, and become addicted to opioid medications.
You no longer have to depend on opioids for chronic pain relief. If you are suffering from Chronic Pain and are looking for a solution with medical marijuana, the online cannabis doctors at MMJ Doctors New York can help you today. We are available to help you with an online medical marijuana recommendation and an online cannabis card, so you can start treating your Chronic Pain today.
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