Chronic pain sufferers will now be able to get medical marijuana prescribed to them in New York.
After announcing in December it planned to add chronic pain to its list of eligible conditions, the state Health Department on Thursday said medical marijuana for the ailment will be available starting Wednesday.
The Health Department also said physician assistants can now register to prescribe medical marijuana — the latest group of health-care professionals allowed to prescribe the drug
The moves, which the state outlined last year, are aimed at bolstering the state’s medical marijuana program, which started last year and has had difficulty registering patients and prescribers.
“Improving patient access to medical marijuana continues to be one of our top priorities, as it has been since the launch of the program,” Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement. “These key enhancements further that goal.”
The state has sought to address the concerns by allowing more conditions to be treated with medical marijuana and allowing nurse practitioners — and now physician assistants — to prescribe it.
The state has nearly 900 health-care professionals who have registered to prescribe medical marijuana and and 14,437 patients have been certified to buy the drug at one of 20 dispensaries in New York.
Practitioners have to take an online course to prescribe medical marijuana; patients have to be certified by their doctors to get the drug.
The state defines chronic pain as “any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability” and when other options have been unsuccessful.
It also defines chronic pain as “having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset.”
Chronic pain is now added to the list of 10 conditions that qualify for medical marijuana usage: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS; Lou Gehrig’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; multiple sclerosis; spinal damage; epilepsy; inflammatory bowel disease; neuropathies; and Huntington’s disease.
As for physician assistants, they can register with the Health Department to certify patients, as long as their supervising physician is also registered to certify patients.
For more information about New York’s Medical Marijuana program, visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/
This video is about why medical marijuana in New York State is not like the medical marijuana laws in other states. People like to believe that NYS is very progressive but in some ways we are very conservative. When it comes down to it smoking pot in NYS is still a big no no. This is true whether you just get a New York State marijuana (pot) charge, also called Unlawful Possession of Marijuana section 221.05 or a higher level possession of marijuana offense.
Even small amounts of pot for personal use or medical need are being fully prosecuted.
Some judges require drug/alcohol evaluations to determine necessity for treatment for abuse or misuse of marijuana.
Relax is the new way to enjoy the benefits of CBD. This refreshing drink by Rawligion contains 100% organic hemp milk with CBD oil.
It is said that this product effectively reduces stress, soothes pain, relieves anxiety, and acts as a sleep aid.
Despite the CBD oil, this product also includes dates, coconut oil, vanilla, cashews, hemp seeds, and water.
Relax has been produced on the initiative of Michael Isted, a psychotherapist and development consultant for Rawligion, who believed that people need to have a drink which will offer all the medicinal properties of CBD. Yet, it provides all the benefits of hemp, but the CBD has no psychoactive properties, so it won’t get you high.
CBD oil will react with the endogenous cannabinoid system of the body, which is in charge of the homeostasis of the body, which positively affects sleep, pain, mood, hormones, and the immune response.
Nowadays, CBD is gradually gaining a new reputation as a medicine, not just as a cannabis extract. It is expected to be recognized as a medicine after the new legislation is passed on November 1st.
The flavor of Relax reminds of almond milk and has a mild cannabis aftertaste. However, when it comes to its relaxing properties, the founder of Rawligion, John Taba, claims that customers report that Relax makes them calm and tranquil.
He also noted that customers need to be careful in order to enjoy the full benefits of this drink:
“It’s subtle, but so far all who have consumed the drink mindfully have felt the desired effect. I don’t mean to use the word mindfully in a hipster way, just more a case of someone actually paying attention to how they feel before hand, during drinking and afterwards instead of having it as a drink to wash down a meal with!”
Marijuana is a superfood. This incredibly unique plant contains over 400 different chemical compounds. The number of vitamins, essential oils, and acids found in cannabis has led experts like Dr. William Courtney to call weed a “dietary essential.” Marijuana is a particularly special plant in the world of nutrition because the herb contains extremely high concentrations of cannabinoid acids. Turns out, these acids are incredibly important for basic cell function.
Two of the primary cannabinoid acids that have been studied thus far are THCa and CBDa. When you heat these acids via smoking, vaping, or cooking cannabis you break them down into slightly different chemicals. Specifically, you degrade them into psychoactive THC and cannabinoid CBD. The process of converting these cannabinoid acids into their “active” form is known as decarboxylation, or “decarbing.”
Active THC and CBD have their share of benefits, but the one major downside to decarbing is that your body can only handle small amounts of these now activated cannabinoids. Explained best by to Dr. Courtney:
“We have a series of cannabis strains called ACDC. ‘AC’ stands for alternative cannabinoid, which is the CBD acid molecule, which has come into focus lately as being very important as an anti-inflammatory. And ‘DC’ stands for dietary cannabis. […] If you do heat it, then your dose is around 10mg. And if you don’t heat it, if it’s raw, then your dose is around one to 1-2,000mg.”
When you eat raw cannabis, your body is able to process extremely large amounts of THCa and CBDa without issue. Your body then converts these acids into the nutrients it needs via your own metabolism.
Consuming these cannabinoid acids is important because they help your cells communicate with each other via the endocannabinoid system. Consuming more cannabinoid acids may be the key to theprevention of chronic diseases caused by endocannabinoid deficiencies. Endocannabinoid deficiencies are thought to play a major role in the development of medical conditions like:
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome
- …and potentially many more!
Courtney suggests that high doses of raw CBDa and THCa are much more effective than their broken-down counterparts when it comes to their:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-diabetic properties
- Anti-ischemic properties (ischemia occurs when your blood vessels constrict, preventing oxygen from flowing to certain parts of your body.)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Wasting Syndrome”
Nov. 2002 – US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, wrote in a Mar. 1, 2007 editorial in the Boston Globe titled “Marijuana as Wonder Drug”:“The mountain of accumulated anecdotal evidence that pointed the way to the present [marijuana as treatment for HIV neuropathic pain] and other clinical studies also strongly suggests there are a number of other devastating disorders and symptoms for which marijuana has been used for centuries; they deserve the same kind of careful, methodologically sound research.
While few such studies have so far been completed, all have lent weight to what medicine already knew but had largely forgotten or ignored: Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, spasticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms. And it is extraordinarily safe — safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.”
Mar. 1, 2007 – Lester Grinspoon, MDEthan Russo, MD, clinical neurologist, researcher and author, told ProCon.org in a Dec. 17, 2001 email that marijuana might provide relief for the following:
- neuropathic pain,
- post-amputation pain,
- trigeminal neuralgia,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- multiple sclerosis,
- nausea of cancer chemotherapy,
- AIDS wasting,
- motion sickness,
- menstrual cramps,
- glaucoma, etc.”
Dec. 17, 2001 – Ethan Russo, MD
Tod H. Mikuriya, MD, a psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist, published on the internet on Feb. 21, 2001 his report titled “International Classification of Diseases 9 – CM 1996, Chronic Conditions Treated With Cannabis, Encountered Between 1990-2001.” (The ICD-9 numbers are the International Classification of Diseases used by all physicians.):
National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation, IRP, noted on the NIMH website, updated Jan. 25, 2002:“Electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral studies have shown that cannabinoids (marijuana-like drugs) suppress pain neurotransmission…
We think that these results have implications for how cannabinoids may work in chronic pain states. A differential anatomical basis underlying cannabinoid and mu opioid modulation of primary afferent transmission is supported. Whereas mu opioid receptors in spinal cord are associated predominantly with thin-diameter primary afferents, cannabinoid receptors are localized to both thin and coarse diameter fibers.
These differences may provide a basis for the possibility that cannabinoids may relieve pain when traditional opiate drugs fail.”
Jan. 25, 2002 – National Institute of Mental Health
“Research to date suggests that research into the medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabinoids has the potential to make exciting breakthroughs in the management of severe symptoms such as pain, spasm, bladder dysfunction and nausea and could therefore bring a dramatic improvement in quality of life for people with:
AIDS wasting syndrome Glaucoma Alzheimer’s disease Hypertension Arthritis Multiple sclerosis Asthma Nail Patella Syndrome Brain injury/stroke Nausea w/chemotherapy Crohn’s/colitis Pain Depress./mental ill. Phantom limb pain Eating disorders Migraine Epilepsy Spinal cord injury Fibromyalgia Tourette’s syndrome
Nov. 2001 – Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation (MCRF)
The Minnesota Department of Health is considering adding autism to the growing list of conditions in which the patients can be prescribed medical cannabis.
The consideration carries with it a lot of emotion for families looking for something to help their loved ones with a condition where so little is known.
In a life full of uncertainty, Kammy Krammer is sure of one thing: medical cannabis helps her autistic son, Elliot, in profound way. But 15-year-old Elliott’s autism is not why he’s allowed under state law to take
“Elliott suffered from debilitating anxiety and that affected every aspect of his life,” Kammy told Fox 9. “He had hundreds of tics every single day and was suffering with peer relationships because of that. He was embarrassed and he couldn’t control them.”
Kammy said Elliot started using medical cannabis July 1, 2015 – the first day it was legal in Minnesota – to help manage his Tourette syndrome. He had an immediate 90 percent reduction in tics, but his mom also started to notice it was also helpful for many of the side effects related to autism.
Tourette’s, not autism, is one of a handful of conditions in Minnesota where medical cannabis can be administered.
Now, the DOH is considering adding autism to the list, but in that consideration, they really only have anecdotal evidence from parents like Kammy and kids like Elliott that it actually works, creating a degree of “uncertainty” around an already mysterious condition with no cure.
Autism is the result of alterations in how the brain processes information which then alters how the mind sees the world. For someone with autism, that often means communication problems, social challenges and repetitive behaviors.
As for how it’s leaning on the decision, the DOH issued a statement saying the process needs to take its course before we comment on specific proposals. The state’s medical cannabis review panel will report on the public health benefits and risks of any proposed medical conditions by Nov. 1.