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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.

In recent years, the use and availability of legalized medical marijuana have changed the lives of millions of people who suffer from chronic pain and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. In fact, New York, there are many qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program.

There are plenty of myths about medical marijuana. It’s time to learn the facts. Here are three things you may not know about cannabis used for pain relief and treatment of other debilitating conditions:

1. The use of medicinal marijuana or cannabis dates back to ancient times. A Chinese surgeon is known as being the first person to use cannabis as an anesthetic in the first millennium, BC. He turned the plant into a powder and mixed it with wine to alleviate pain in patients. Even today, cannabis is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.

2. Medical-grade cannabis and medical marijuana contain a controlled amount of THC. Users of medical marijuana get the benefit of getting high in a controlled fashion. Since medicinal marijuana is regulated by a prescription, the patient receives the correct dosage to treat the appropriate condition.

3. Medical pot does more than help with pain relief. Medical-grade cannabis helps manage the side effects associated with myriad diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, ALS, IBD, PTSD and Huntington’s Disease. It’s also approved in New York as a way to help opioid addicts manage their pain as they are getting help with Medication-Assisted Treatment.

If you live in New York, and you’re looking for pain relief, medical marijuana could be the answer. Learn more about New York’s medical marijuana program and get the help you need from the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center in Holbrook, Long Island.We invite you to contact Dr. Chaudhry to explore pain relief options that are available to you. As a licensed physician, he offers compassionate care for patients so that they can enjoy more of life. Call 631-588-4888 to schedule an appointment today.