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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I Eligible to Obtain a Certification (Prescription) For Medical Marijuana?
You are eligible to procure medical cannabis in Long Island if you have been diagnosed with at least one of the qualifying conditions listed on the Medical Marijuana Program of the State of New York. The qualifying conditions include Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Opioid Replacement, Lou Gehrig’s disease/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Spinal cord damage with spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Chronic pain, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What Process Is Involved in Getting a Medical Marijuana Certification in New York?
First, a registered medical marijuana practitioner, such as Dr. Chaudhry, will confirm you qualify and determine whether you are eligible for the Medical Marijuana Program. Dr. Chaudhry will provide a prescription AKA as a "certification" that can be used to file for a Registry Identification Card issued by the State of New York. With your prescription and registration card, you can obtain medical marijuana in state-approved and certified dispensaries.
What Are the Ways in Which Medical Marijuana Can Be Consumed in New York?
In the State of New York, there are three ways to ingest medical cannabis. 1. Sublingual tincture, where liquid drops of marijuana are deposited under the tongue. 2. Through capsules/pills. 3. Inhalation through a vaporizer. It is illegal to smoke medical marijuana or to ingest it in the form of edibles in New York.
What Happens If I Can’t Get to the Dispensary Myself?
If you cannot visit dispensing facilities yourself, you can pick one or two caregivers who can pick up your medical marijuana for you. Caregivers must also register with the state to obtain a Registry Identification Card.
I Have More Questions about Medical Marijuana for Treating Pain in New York. What Should I Do?
Contact the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhry. We promise to answer all your questions.
Is It Safe to “Vape” Medical Marijuana?
Yes, it is. There have been studies conducted on the efficacy of vaporization as a cannabinoid delivery device. These studies revealed that vaping is a safe alternative to smoking as it does not expose patients to combustion gases.
Has the FDA Approved Medical Cannabis?
No, it hasn’t. The FDA has not reviewed medical marijuana as a treatment for pain because cannabis is a natural substance; the U.S. FDA does not evaluate natural botanicals. It only evaluates synthetic products manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.
Do Any Major Health Organizations in the United States Support the Use of Medical Marijuana to Treat Chronic and Debilitating Pain?
Yes, they do. Many health organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America, are in full support of allowing patients who are qualified under state law to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment for pain.