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Medical Marijuana

Family Medicine NYC, PC

Family Medicine & Travel Medicine located in Financial District, New York, NY

If you have chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, or another medical condition and desire natural symptom relief, medical marijuana might be the solution for you. At Family Medicine NYC, PC in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, Eva Galstian, MD, Virali Patel, PA, and the team offers this service to restore your quality of life and reduce the need for invasive treatments. Call the Family Medicine NYC, PC office or schedule an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q&A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. Some components in marijuana cause you to feel high. However, medical marijuana does not contribute to mind-altering effects because it contains different compounds than recreational marijuana. 

Common forms of medical marijuana include:

  • Pills
  • Oils
  • Liquids
  • Leaves
  • Powders
  • Vapors

Medical marijuana is beneficial for treating an array of medical problems and symptoms associated with them. 

What is medical marijuana used for?

Your Family Medicine NYC, PC provider may recommend medical marijuana to treat one or more of the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms

Medical marijuana is often helpful to reduce nausea and vomiting caused by certain cancer treatments. It also can reduce unwanted weight loss associated with having AIDS.

Is medical marijuana right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for medical marijuana, your Family Medicine NYC, PC specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and may recommend blood tests or another diagnostic testing to diagnose your condition and treat it. 

Medical marijuana isn’t for everyone, but it helps treat many conditions. If you’re a candidate, your provider can help you legally obtain medical marijuana at a dispensary nearest you. 

Make sure to use medical marijuana precisely as directed by your Family Medicine NYC, PC provider to minimize the risk of side effects.

What should I expect during treatment with medical marijuana?

A provider will monitor you during your treatment to ensure it’s working correctly. Your family medicine specialist can make changes to your treatment plan if necessary to provide the most effective outcome. They will answer questions or concerns you may have along the way and always give you a voice in your care.

To learn more about medical marijuana and find out if it’s right for you, call the Family Medicine NYC, PC office or book an appointment online today.