Find out who benefits from using marijuana as medicine.
With 23 states and Washington, D.C., legalizing medical marijuana, it’s easy to wonder if this drug is the real deal. Because marijuana has historically been associated with “counter cultures,” you may have questions about how it’s prescribed and used for treatment in a mainstream medical setting.
Medical marijuana has been shown to alleviate pain and symptoms of a variety of health issues, including serious illnesses like ALS or multiple sclerosis, says internist Paul Knoepfelmacher, MD.
Different states have different rules for how doctors can prescribe medical marijuana. Some states only allow medical marijuana prescriptions for serious conditions, while others allow doctors to prescribe it for general problems with nausea, anxiety, or digestive health.
To access medical marijuana, doctors must believe the patient’s health will benefit from the drug and write a prescription. Then, patients will typically have to apply for a license, which allows them to pick up their prescription at a medical marijuana dispensary. The license also protects the patient from being penalized for possession in states that do not allow recreational marijuana.
If you are experiencing health complicatons, medical marijuana may be an option for you to consider. Talk to your doctor to see if this the health benefits of medical marijuana are right for your health condition.
Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.
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We know that medical marijuana
can benefit many people.
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But who does it benefit and
how do you get it?
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We called Dr. Paul to find out.
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Dr. Paul, can you tell us exactly
what the medical research show,
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does it really help, and what is it?
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Well, you've been reading about it
in the news a lot because it's now
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legal in 23 states,
plus the District of Colombia.
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But I think now as medical marijuana
is becoming more accepted,
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you're gonna see more research.
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We do know that it's good for
some conditions like nausea,
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for wasting, for certain pain syndromes,
but there's a lot to be discovered.
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So, who can actually qualify or
actually should get marijuana?
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Well, it really depends on the state.
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Each state determines what sort of
conditions would qualify for it.
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But for instance, in New York,
you have to be pretty sick with
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either a very chronic illness like ALS,
which is Lou Gehrig's disease,
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multiple sclerosis, or have cancer,
or AIDS, or wasting syndrome.
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So, these are really serious conditions
with complications, at least in
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New York State that you would need to have
in order to qualify for this treatment.
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And how do you actually go about
getting a prescription for this?
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Well, there's gonna be dispensaries,
which are legally sanctioned people that
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provide it, they grow it,
they guarantee the quality, and
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then you would need
a prescription from your doctor.
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As long as your doctor feels
like you have a condition that
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in which you might benefit,
you can probably obtain it.
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And do you know where people
can get more information about it?
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I think the doctors
would be your best source.
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Although, for instance, in New York State
there's a website about it which answers
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a lot of questions that I actually
looked at and found very informative.
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Thank you for your time.
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