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When you are in pain, the last thing you want to do is play a game of Truth or Dare. At the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, we deal in reality…our medical doctor, Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, will only ever tell you the truth. And, make not mistake about it, despite myriad myths circling about medical marijuana, the truth is: it works to relieve chronic, debilitating pain.

Here are 3 myths you need to kick to the curb:

1. There’s no proof medical marijuana helps people manage pain.

Wrong! If you are one of the countless people in the United States who deal daily with excruciating pain caused by any number of qualifying conditions, it’s important you understand that there are already millions of people who have reclaimed quality of life after taking medical cannabis. It’s legal in 29 US states are experiencing pain relief thanks to medical marijuana programs in 29 U.S. states and in many countries around the world.

Anyone who tell you there is no proof of the efficacy of medical cannabis is simply uniformed. Every single day, the number of people who register to obtain medical cannabis is growing.

2. Marijuana is a gateway drug.

There are plenty of people who are quick to tell false truths about cannabis. A popular myth is that “any use of marijuana leads people to try harder drugs.” This is actually the furthest thing from the truth. Medical cannabis is completely safe and far less addictive than prescription painkillers — which are most certainly gateway drugs.

Anyone who takes hard drugs does so because they are available and they choose to try them. Treating pain with cannabis won’t change that fact at all. However, if pain is relieved with medical marijuana, some people might not feel the need to experience with mind or mood altering drugs.

3. It’s easy to OD on medical cannabis.

This one is easy. There have been ZERO reported deaths in this country attributed to medical cannabis.

According to Dr. Chaudhry, “When you compare “zero medical marijuana deaths” to the ever-rising fatalities attributed to FDA-approved synthetic drugs, the story is clear. Medical cannabis is a safe way to relieve chronic, debilitating pain in New York and throughout the country.”

Contact New York pain management physician Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, M.D., at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center to learn more about treating chronic pain with medical marijuana.