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Have you ever tried to function while in chronic, debilitating pain? Perhaps you suffer from migraine headaches that come on without warning? Or, you are trying to manage the overwhelming side effects of cancer treatment.

These are only two of the myriad qualifying conditions that would allow New York State residents to obtain a certification for medical marijuana from a New York State Approved Certifying Physician for Medical Marijuana.

One of the biggest myths swirling around about medical marijuana, also called cannabis, is that people think it’s just about getting “high.” They turn their noses up at the concept that medical marijuana is completely free of side effects and, in fact, is incredibly effective when it comes to relieving chronic pain.

Medical marijuana is now legal in more than half the states and many countries around the world. While the US government hasn’t legalized it — leaving it up to the states to pass individual laws — it’s difficult to ignore the facts about the efficacy associated with medical marijuana use.

Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center in Holbrook, NY., was one of the first medical doctors to obtain his status as a New York State Approved Certifying Physician for Medical Marijuana. He pursued the certification because, in his internal medicine practice (with a focus on geriatrics), Dr. Chaudhry sees many patients in chronic pain. He truly wanted to find a way to help his patients.

Medical marijuana is an excellent “medicine” for pain relief. Medical cannabis is a non-invasive treatment with minimal to zero adverse side effects, compared to prescription drugs such as opiates or surgical procedures.

In fact, Dr. Chaudhry says, medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, has been proven safe and effective for the relief of pain caused by a wide variety of medical conditions. For example, many pain sufferers report immediate relief from chronic pain from fibromyalgia, migraines and sciatica – as well as reduced nausea in chemotherapy patients.

“It makes absolutely no sense to say there is no proof that medical cannabis is effective for pain relief. Clearly, medical marijuana has wide-ranging medicinal value,” Dr. Chaudhry said. “The number of registered medical cannabis patients worldwide is growing daily.”

If you are suffering in pain, you owe it to yourself to contact Dr. Chaudhry at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center in Holbrook, NY. Find out if medical marijuana can be a permanent solution to your debilitating pain.