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Long Island Compassionate Medical Center

New York State Approved Certifying Physician for Medical Marijuana

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Am I eligible to obtain a certification (prescription) for medical marijuana?

If you have been diagnosed with at least one of the conditions New York State has listed as a “qualifying condition” for its medical marijuana program, you are eligible to gain access to medical cannabis in Long Island. The qualifying conditions to receive a prescription for this alternative form of pain management are considered “severely debilitating” and are often life-threatening. They include: cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, PTSD and many other conditions associated with chronic pain.

Further, the “severe debilitating or life-threatening condition” must be accompanied by at least one of the complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms or severe or chronic pain.  

Note that the N.Y. Department of Health is regularly adding new conditions to the qualifying list. In fact, as of March 22, 2017, the definitions were considerably broadened to include “severe and chronic pain.” People with “any 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, so long as “there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipated such pain to last three months or more beyond onset.”

At the Long Island Center for Compassionate Care, Dr. Jahan Chaudhry regularly certifies patients suffering from severe pain for more than three months when it interferes with normal functioning. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, disc sciatica, disc disease, severe migraines and many other conditions often qualify to be certified to enter the New York Medical Marijuana program for their pain management.

What process is involved in getting a medical marijuana certification in New York?

First things first: you must consult with an approved physician who is legally permitted to prescribe medical marijuana as a treatment for pain. Dr. Jahan Chaudhry was one of the first doctors in New York State to earn this approval. If Dr. Chaudhry determines you are eligible for the program, he will issue you a “certification,” which is the equivalent of a prescription for medical marijuana that can be filled at a local dispensary.

In New York State, medical marijuana must be obtained at a state-approved and certified dispensary. You cannot go to the local pharmacy to fill the prescription. Talk to Dr. Chaudhry about local dispensaries in your area.

Patients must also file for a registration card with New York State. After receiving the card and certification from Dr. Chaudhry, you will be able to obtain 30-days of medical marijuana for pain management (the maximum that dispensaries are allowed to provide at one time to each patient.)

Depending on your condition, you may not have to visit Dr. Chaudhry each month but instead can get a multi-month certification.

Patient Testimonials:

"I never thought I would find relief from my migraines. Thank you, Dr. Chaudhry, for giving me my life back."
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"I never thought I would find relief from my migraines. Thank you, Dr. Chaudhry, for giving me my life back."
"My sciatica made it impossible to do anything. It was hard to get through the day. Now, I'm pain free and feel myself again!"
Long Island Pain Relief
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"My sciatica made it impossible to do anything. It was hard to get through the day. Now, I'm pain free and feel myself again!"
"The only thing worse than cancer is the effects of chemotherapy. Medical marijuana has made it bearable. I was skeptical but now I am a believer."
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"The only thing worse than cancer is the effects of chemotherapy. Medical marijuana has made it bearable. I was skeptical but now I am a believer."
"I didn't know much about medical cannabis and was embarrassed to ask. Dr. Chaudhry is so caring and wonderful. He answered all my questions and calmed my fears. Now,  I am able to live pain free."
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"I didn't know much about medical cannabis and was embarrassed to ask. Dr. Chaudhry is so caring and wonderful. He answered all my questions and calmed my fears. Now,  I am able to live pain free."
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Dr. Chaudhry’s private practice offers medical marijuana certifications for patients seeking an alternative treatment option to chronic pain. 

What forms of medical marijuana are permitted for pain management in New York?

In New York State, there are only three ways to ingest medical cannabis: sublingual tincture (liquid drops deposited under the tongue), capsules or vapor (ecig). It is illegal to smoke medical marijuana or to ingest edibles in New York State.

What happens if I can’t get to the dispensary myself?

In New York State, medical marijuana must be obtained at a state-approved and certified dispensary. You cannot go to the local pharmacy to fill the prescription. Talk to Dr. Chaudhry about local dispensaries in your area.

Further, it’s not unusual for patients to be immobile due to their conditions and pain. As such, we understand many patients are unable to travel to the dispensing facilities. You can choose one or two caregivers to pick up your medical marijuana for you. Caregivers must also register with the state to obtain a registry identification card. We’ll explain all of this to you during your visit with Dr. Chaudhry.

Is it safe to “vape” medical marijuana?

Absolutely. There have been studies conducted on the “efficacy of vaporization as a cannabinoid delivery device.” These studies revealed vaping is a completely safe alternative to smoking because it does not expose patients to combustion gases.

Has the FDA approved medical cannabis?

The answer is “No.” 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.

That being said, cannabis has been used safely and effectively for pain control by people for thousands of years. Many experts believe it would definitely meet FDA standards for safety and efficacy if it were to be evaluated.

Do any major health organizations in the United States support the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of chronic and debilitating pain?

Without a doubt! In fact, 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 be able to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment for pain.

Further, according to a WebMD/Medscape report, almost 70 percent of doctors (including over 80 percent of hematologists and oncologists) surveyed believe in the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Is Medical Marijuana a “Gateway” Drug?

Marijuana, pot, weed, dope, grass — whatever you want to call it — has gotten a bad rap. Forty years ago, in the 70s, it was called “a gateway drug.” People believed taking marijuana was the first step toward a life of using and abusing hard drugs.

This is just not true! In fact, not only is medical marijuana a great way to treat chronic pain, many doctors, including Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, are using it to treat opioid addiction.

I have more questions about medical marijuana for treating pain in New York. What should I do?

This one’s easy! Contact the Long Island Compassionate Pain Center and make your appointment with Dr. Chaudhry today. You’ve got nothing to lose but chronic pain and, we promise, all your questions will be answered.

Call us at (631) 588-4888 for more information about pain relief with medical marijuana.

Contact Us Today and Get on the Road to a Pain-Free Life

Long Island Compassionate Medical Center
233 Union Ave
Suite 206
Holbrook New York 11741
(631) 588-4888

Hours:
Monday: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Tuesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Friday - Sunday: Closed

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