Herbal Medicine

The Effects of Medical Cannabis 

Medical cannabis is used to ease pain, including pain from shingles and multiple sclerosis. It can also help with nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy for cancer. It can also increase appetite in people who lose weight from other illnesses, such as AIDS.

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Suppose you are a resident suffering from a debilitating medical condition. In that case, you may be eligible to receive a medical marijuana card. The process varies by state, but most require a physician’s recommendation and enrollment in the program. Enrollment is usually simple and can be completed online.

Once you have signed up, your doctor will evaluate your condition and determine if it can be treated with marijuana. If so, they will issue you with a patient certification that includes your registry ID barcode. This allows you to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary.

To qualify for a medical cannabis card, you must have a debilitating illness or chronic pain. The conditions that are eligible for a medical cannabis program vary by state but include chronic pain, PTSD, severe nausea or vomiting, seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal cord injury with spasticity, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and other diseases or conditions that cause severe or debilitating muscle spasms. You must also have a primary care provider that consents to your medical marijuana use and a designated caregiver.

 A primary care provider is a licensed health professional such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant authorized to prescribe controlled substances to patients. You can find healthcare providers who have consented to issue medical cannabis recommendations by county on the website. In addition, healthcare providers that offer telemedicine are listed on the NYSDOH list.

Once your medical marijuana card expires, you will need to recertify with a healthcare professional. We will be in touch with you when your medical marijuana card is about to expire, and we can help you book a new appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

Medical cannabis strains produce different effects because of their cannabinoid profiles, including THC and CBD. They also have a variety of other plant compounds, called terpenes, that impact the overall experience. These terpenes are responsible for the aroma, flavor, and color of each strain. They can have a significant impact on the experience of each patient.

The two most common types of medical marijuana strains are sativa and indica. Indica strains tend to produce a more physical effect that can be felt throughout the body. They are popular for pain relief, reducing stress, and aiding sleep. Sativa strains are believed to produce more cerebral effects, such as enhancing focus and creativity. They are often used daily to boost energy levels and increase productivity.

A third type of strain is hybrid, which combines the properties of both indica and sativa. Hybrids are most commonly used by people who want to experience a balanced effect. They tend to skew toward the sativa side, and many hybrid-labeled strains contain more THC than CBD.

The best way to select the right strain is to understand what your goals are for using medical marijuana. Once you have a clear understanding of your symptoms and the types of cannabis products that will help, it’s important to talk to your doctor or a dispensary worker. They can guide what might work best for your situation, and they may be able to point you towards more “entry-level” strains that are less potent. They can also recommend specific methods for consuming cannabis to achieve the desired effects. For example, some patients with respiratory issues should avoid smoking or vaping medical marijuana.

Cannabis affects everyone differently, and the strength of the effects can vary depending on the type of product and dosage. You may feel the effects of a medicinal cannabis product within 30 minutes, or it might take up to 4 hours to see results from an oral dose. It’s common to find your optimal dosage within two weeks, though every patient is unique. In some cases, the right dose can help reduce a patient’s dependence on prescription drugs like opioids.

Medicinal cannabis is only prescribed to manage specific medical conditions or symptoms that have not responded to other medicines. A medical practitioner will assess your condition and your responses to the different types of cannabis products before recommending one. Medicinal cannabis must only be used in conjunction with other approved medicines, and it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about how to use the drug safely. For example, cannabis can interact with medicines that make you sleepy or control your mood and increase the risk of bleeding if you have blood-thinning medicine.

The lack of clinical studies on MC and the wide range of formulations and delivery methods make it difficult to determine the best dosage for each patient. A medical practitioner will guide you through the titration process, which involves gradually increasing the dosage until you reach the desired effect. During this process, your patient educator will provide a dosing chart and treatment tracker to help you keep records of your progress. Your patient educator will also work with you to identify a “sweet spot” optimal for your condition and symptom control. Long-term regular cannabis use may increase your risk of severe nausea and vomiting (cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS). If you experience symptoms like this, contact your healthcare professional immediately.

Cannabis can cause a wide range of side effects, from anxiety and dizziness to hallucinations. These side effects are rare at low doses but should still be discussed with your doctor before beginning treatment. It’s also important to let your doctor know if you take any other medicines, especially sedatives and antidepressants, as these medications may interact with medicinal marijuana.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out medical marijuana, and it is effective in treating many conditions. In gold-standard randomized clinical trials, cannabis reduced pain in patients with peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain from diabetes), spinal cord injury, HIV or complex regional pain syndrome, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

Some older adults use medicinal cannabis to relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. There is limited research and anecdotal evidence that it can also alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia, reduce migraine frequency and intensity, and help with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and glaucoma.

Medicinal marijuana can be purchased legally by qualified medical patients. These patients are allowed to possess up to a 60-day supply of up to 3 ounces of whole-plant marijuana and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis products. Home cultivation is also legal, and patients can grow up to three adult/flowering plants and three seedlings at a time. Patients must be over 21 to purchase and consume cannabis in the state. However, recreational cannabis is still illegal, and it’s against the law to drive while under the influence of marijuana. In addition, dispensaries cannot be located within 500 feet of a school or 200 feet of a house of worship.

Suppose you decide that medical cannabis isn’t for you. In that case, you can get a refund for your certification appointment. However, you must cancel your appointment at least 24 hours before your appointment to receive a refund. If you do not cancel your appointment in advance, you will be charged for the full service.

Suppose a certified patient is traveling with medical marijuana. In that case, it is recommended that they make sure there is a dispensary in the area of their travel destination before completing the application process. Traveling with medical cannabis is illegal under federal law, and it can result in delays or arrests.

Patients should consult with a registered physician for advice about how much and what strains of medical cannabis to use. It is also important to discuss how cannabis will interact with any other medications or supplements that the patient is taking. It is best to avoid mixing cannabis with sedatives, hypnotics, and antidepressants.

Some doctors may recommend cannabis as a substitute for opioids or in conjunction with them for post-operative pain management. However, it is a good idea to check with the facility where the surgery will occur about their policies and procedures before making this decision.

 A 7% excise tax is imposed on the gross receipts from the sale of medical cannabis. The registered organization must pay this tax, and is not included on a sales slip, invoice, or receipt.

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) has a list of registered organizations and their locations. In addition, some registered organizations offer delivery services to patients. These services are only available for registered patients. The registration process requires that a healthcare provider complete an OCM-approved medical use of marijuana course.