What is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions. Through NYS, patients can obtain a medical marijuana license from a qualifying physician. Once your physician has approved you as a candidate and filled out the necessary paperwork, you simply have to register online with the NYS Medical Marijuana Program. Patients who utilize the NYS Medical Marijuana Program will be routinely monitored by their physician and will be able to have consultations with a pharmacist at their chosen dispensing facility to determine what strengths and routes of administration work best for them. Medical marijuana is a customizable treatment plan and can benefit a wide variety of patients.
What Are The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana can be beneficial for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, autoimmune diseases (Crohn's, IBS, Lupus, etc.), chronic pain, seizures, arthritis, MS (multiple sclerosis), anxiety, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Alzheimer's, and more. The benefits include:
- Reducing nausea and vomiting
- Stimulating appetite
- Reducing pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Boosting mood to reduce anxiety and depression
- Reducing muscle spasticity and spasms
- Lowering intraocular pressure to improve glaucoma
- Helping with insomnia and other sleep problems
- Diminishing withdrawal symptoms from opioids and alcohol
- And more...
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Who is a candidate for Medical Marijuana?
New York State offers medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions, including but not limited to neuropathy, chronic pain, pain that degrades health, and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use. At Ospina Medical, patients who suffer from chronic pain may be a candidate for medical marijuana. During your first consultation, your physician will review your complete medical history, as well as perform a physical examination to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for this treatment.
How do I register for Medical Marijuana?
Anyone interested in obtaining a medical marijuana license must be certified by a qualified physician. Both of our physicians are certified by New York State to prescribe medical marijuana. Once you receive your certification from your physician you can register online with the NYS Medical Marijuana Program. Instructions will be given to you with your certification on how you can register online. After you complete the patient registration and you have been approved you will be issued a temporary registry ID, which may be used in conjunction with a government issued photo ID until you receive your registry ID card in the mail.
Can only New York residents register for Medical Marijuana?
Yes, only New York State residents can apply for medical marijuana in New York. However, if you are a New York State resident without a NYS government issued ID you can still register for medical marijuana by providing the department of health with a copy of a utility bill or other document issued within the two previous months that contain your NYS address, a copy of your current lease, or another document that is approved by the DOH containing sufficient information to show proof of residency.
Medical Marijuana FAQ
Do I need a license for medical marijuana?
Yes, you do. However, obtaining a medical marijuana license with the NYS Medical Marijuana Program is relatively easy for qualifying patients with physician approval and the proper paperwork. Registration is simple and can be completed online.
Is medical marijuana safe?
Yes, when administered and monitored by Dr. Maniam and Dr. Kohler at Ospina Medical, medical marijuana is safe and effective to treat a wide variety of illnesses, diseases, and conditions and their related symptoms.
Can I get my medical marijuana prescription from a dispensary of my choice?
Yes, you can.
How do you take medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana can be administered in a variety of forms, including:
- Eating (edibles)
- In a salve, lotion, cream, or spray applied to the skin
- Orally, via drops or pills