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There are many things to be said about medical marijuana. However, if you are in chronic, debilitating pain, there is only one thing you really need to know: it works.

Medical cannabis is a safe, effective and 100 percent natural way to relieve your pain from a number of qualifying medical conditions.

After meeting with a New York-approved medical marijuana provider, like Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, MD, founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, you may be able to obtain a certification (prescription) for medical-grade marijuana. To be certified, however, your painful condition must be listed on a qualifying list approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

If you are diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions, you will be potentially eligible to purchase medical marijuana in New York. These conditions are considered severely debilitating or life threatening. Additionally, to qualify for certification, a New York State-approved medical marijuana practitioner must be able to document that your pain has lasted three months or more beyond onset and that such pain can be reasonably anticipated to continue indefinitely.

Qualifying conditions include:cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain (as defined NYSDOH guidelines.)

Additionally, to be eligible to obtain medical marijuana, your condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following: “cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.”

The New York Commissioner of Health has said additions will be made to the list of qualifying conditions as necessity arises. In fact, in March of 2017, chronic pain was added to the list of qualifying medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

According to the guidelines, anyone with “severe debilitating pain that a practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications, has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options” may qualify for medical marijuana.

Learn more about how medical marijuana can safely and effectively relieve your chronic pain and give you your life back. Contact the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhry.