Month: January 2017

Parkinson’s Marijuana Video

A video that has gone viral shows how Medical Marijuana can relieve the abnormal movements associated with Parkinson’s disease. I haven’t verified the authenticity of the video, but the results are intriguing. The man’s distorted movements, known as dyskinesia, disappear within minutes of treatment with Medicinal Marijuana. Parkinson’s dyskinesias Dyskinesias are different than the tremors and slowed movements of Parkinson’s. They appear as jerky, involuntary actions and they make it difficult for Parkinson’s patients to control their movements. They are a side effect of long-term Parkinson’s treatment, rather than a direct symptom of Parkinson’s disease and result from long-term therapy with levodopa, the active ingredient in most anti-Parkinson’s medication. Nearly half of individuals diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 59 develop dyskinesias within 5 years of treatment. It’s unwise to draw conclusions from one person or, in this case, one video. However, the dramatic response to marijuana shown in this video has aroused much interest and inquiry, especially as few effective medical treatments for dsykinesias currently exist. Therefore, as a potential treatment for dyskinesias, Medical Marijuana would be welcomed by physicians and patients alike. Dyskinesia not a qualifying Symptom for Medical Marijuana In New York, Parkinson’s Disease is one of the approved conditions for Medical Marijuana treatment but dyskinesia is not currently included in the list of approved symptoms. To qualify for Medical Marijuana in New York, patients...

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Losing DEA License for Prescribing Marijuana

Some doctors oppose Medical Marijuana Patients may be surprised to learn that some doctors are against Medical Marijuana. While the majority of doctors would recommend it under certain circumstances, both here in New York and across the country, there are opponents who argue that it should not be prescribed under any circumstances. Physicians’ opinions about Medical Marijuana In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine conducted a global opinion survey to ascertain physicians’ attitudes towards prescribing Medical Marijuana. According to the survey, the main reasons doctors are opposed to prescribing it are: inadequate supporting scientific evidence, lack of provenance, inconsistent dosages and concerns about Medical Marijuana’s side effects. In contrast, proponents advocating for Medical Marijuana treatment focused on patient choice, the lack of safe alternatives and their strong desire to alleviate their patients’ pain and suffering. Medical Marijuana lacks evidence Medical doctors are trained to treat based on scientific evidence. They rely heavily on the outcomes of well-designed clinical trials, as well as the scientific method. The best evidence is level I, which requires large, randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trials with clear cut results. Level II evidence may not be as strong and can be from smaller trials where the results are not as clear, or lack a placebo group in a randomized trial. However, these levels of evidence are often absent for all of a drugs indications. Many...

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Medical Marijuana in New York

Since January of 2016, patients have been able to legally obtain Medical Marijuana in New York. According to the New York Department of Health, Physicians certified over 5,000 patients in the first six months of the Medical Marijuana Program. Do you Qualify for Medical Marijuana? To qualify for Medical Marijuana in New York, patients need to meet certain criteria as laid out in New York’s Compassionate Care Act. The conditions that qualify include Neuropathy, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), HIV/AIDS and several other neurological conditions, including Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, ALS and Huntington’s Disease. The related symptoms listed are pain, spasticity, nausea, weight loss (medically speaking “Cachexia”) and seizures. The NYS Department of Health can also add additional conditions. Chronic pain and PTSD are currently under consideration. Additional Medical Marijuana Requirements in NY Live in New York and have a valid New York State Driver’s License or New York State Identification. Receive treatment in New York for the qualifying disease and symptom. Evaluation from a New York physician who has registered with New York State Department of Health to authorize patients for Medical Marijuana. Steps to Obtain Medical Marijuana in New York New Yorkers who want to be treated with Medical Marijuana should first see a physician registered with NYS DOH. If the physician feels that you might benefit from treatment, they will certify you and...

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