On Thursday the official use of marijuana for medical purpose was launched in the state of New York. This means that New York will join the other 23 states which have already started using programs for medical marijuana use.
Marijuana for medical purposes is used to ease the pain of patients who suffer from serious conditions such as cancer and AIDS. New York has opened 8 dispensaries where one can find concentrates made from weed, vapors and tinctures.
The CEO of Columbia Care, a dispensary from Manhattan, said that marijuana is a medication and it represents a great way to treat patients that have not found the treatments which they need. He also mentioned that the New York mandate will change the situation in this industry.
At the dispensary in Manhattan patients who want to use medical marijuana have to undergo numerous layers of security tests before they are allowed to get in. If they pass the tests the patients will have their own pharmacist, who is specially trained to supply tinctures, oils and capsules made out of marijuana.
People are allowed to use medical marijuana if they are diagnosed with a life threatening or debilitating disease. In addition they must also present a complication which makes their condition worse. The Compassionate Care New York program enumerates certain such diseases: cancer, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, spinal cord injury with spasticity and inflammatory bowel disease. Besides these conditions there are other illnesses which are under evaluation and might be eligible for medical marijuana. The potential list includes: rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, posttraumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.
Supplies of medical marijuana are kept safely and out of sight: they are stored in an underground vault. Medical experts consider this to be a good method of dispersing medical marijuana. In authorized dispensaries people can find only two types of medical marijuana: the first type has the equal ration of THC (etrahydrocannabino) to CBD (cannabidoil) and the second type has a low THC and a high CBD ration.
Compared to the state of California which has hundreds of dispensaries with marijuana programs, the New York medical marijuana program seems to be cheaper. The New York dispensaries have tight control when it comes to certain matters, like for example dosage and prescription. Experts believe that this will enable them to perform more extensive and accurate studies on the effectiveness of the drug in medical use.
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