Medical marijuana is here and medical patients are rejoicing in its presence. But there still questions about the conditions that can be treated. If it’s so beneficial to people, why can’t it treat all conditions?
The answer might seem simple, but it’s not. In short, not all conditions can be treated with medical marijuana because not all conditions are the same. Just as penicillin and other antibiotics only work on certain medical conditions and illnesses, medical marijuana has only been approved to treat certain medical conditions. In the state of New York, conditions that are treatable with medical marijuana are chosen based on research and the number of cases in which treatable medical conditions are present. However, the use of medical marijuana to treat medical conditions and the amount of research available is growing, so it’s only a matter of time before the medical marijuana program in New York allows more conditions.
If you have a qualifying medical condition in New York, our cannabis doctors can help you obtain a medical marijuana recommendation through our telehealth platform, which allows us to legally consult with your and provide your documentation online. At MMJ Doctors New York, we can provide you with a medical marijuana recommendation and a cannabis card in the same day.
As of today, New York only allows medical marijuana to consumed in the form of pills, oils, and liquids to help treat the following conditions:
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury with spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
Two of the most commonly known compounds that are active in medical marijuana are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which work with the body’s endocannabinoid (EC) systems and have a significant impact on several parts of the body where the ECs are located. The endocannabinoid systems help all other systems in the body function properly with one another in harmony. When one system is not functioning properly, neurons begin misfiring, and all the other systems have to work harder to compensate, which may eventually cause other systems to be damaged as well.
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The ECs in the body produce cannabinoids, which help neurotransmitters communicate more efficiently. Most people don’t know that the body naturally produces cannabinoids. Medical marijuana also produces cannabinoids in the body and increases support to ECs as a way of helping the body function better and treat deficiencies caused by medical conditions. In most cases, Endocannabinoid deficiency is the result of a medical condition, which is why medical marijuana is so helpful to many of these conditions.
Conditions that cause endocannabinoid deficiency include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- HIV infection or AIDS
Going back to the main question as to why certain conditions can be treated with medical marijuana and others cannot be treated; the answer is really based on how a medical condition affects the ECs and the production of cannabinoids in the body.
In the state of New York, certain conditions are deemed to be treatable with medical marijuana based on the research provided. Although some states have cleared other conditions to be treated with medical marijuana, the department of health in each state takes a thorough look at each condition to determine which should be treated by medical marijuana.
Why Can Pain or PTSD Be Treated With Medical Marijuana?
Cannabinoids in the body are increased when pain arises. However, some people may not be able to produce enough cannabinoids to help reduce pain symptoms. This is where medical marijuana comes in to save the day. Medical marijuana that has a high concentration in CBD has been proven to have a positive impact on patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused for several reasons. Some people may experience chronic pain from a medical condition and others may experience chronic pain from an injury that didn’t heal properly. Acute pain, which is pain that is not constant, may also be treated with medical marijuana, but only if it is the result of one of the qualifying medical conditions.
Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on the other hand, should consult with their doctor for the proper dosage to help treat their condition. According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 60% of American men and 50% of American women suffer from PTSD (ptsd.va.gov, 2016). PTSD is a condition that affects the mind and body of patients, leaving them to experience other conditions. Medical marijuana helps these patients by allowing the brain to release cannabinoids, which helps the body relax and the mind to release stress.
In both conditions, PTSD and Pain disrupt the production of cannabinoids, to cause the body to feel more pain or more stressed. The goal for patients with chronic pain or PTSD is to relax and be without pain or stress, and that is where medical marijuana can help treat these conditions. Our medical marijuana doctors at MMJ Doctors New York understand the reasons for wanting to be free of pain and stress. That is why we are here to help. We have made obtaining your medical marijuana recommendations easy and convenient with our telehealth platform, so you can get your documents and your cannabis card online.
If you have a medical condition that qualifies under the state requirements, our cannabis doctors at MMJ Doctors New York may be able to help you for the relief you need.
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