Cannabis may be an important part of your journey towards better health and quality of life. 

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Medical Marijuana

Cannabis has been a part of human culture and healing for centuries, where it is used as a spiritual and therapeutic aide.  In the US, cannabis is slowly becoming less regulated, opening up new avenues for legal use.  In New York state, a part of the cannabis plant - CBD is available over the counter and has many potential benefits.  Those with certain medical conditions can be certified to use medical marijuana.   

 

In recent months, recreational cannabis has been legalized in NYS! 

Amazing news!

For over 60 years, the federal government restricted virtually all research on the potential benefits of cannabis. Without the ability to perform scientific research it has been difficult to make definitive, medical claims about the efficacy of cannabis in supporting health and treating disease.  But research is growing.  Fortunately, humanity's long standing relationship with cannabis is also a valuable source of wisdom .

Some of the symptoms that cannabis can help with are: Pain , Anxiety, Nausea and vomiting , Muscle spasms, Seizures

Cannabis may do more than alleviate symptoms

but may impact disease processes as well as it is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. 

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The Endocannabinoid System

How  exactly does cannabis work?

Like other plants, cannabis contains hundreds of substances, many of which we know interact with our bodies.  Out of these, we have learned the most about two chemicals, tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) and cannabidol (CBD).   

In 1992, an entirely new system to maintain balance and homeostasis in the body was discovered - the endocannabinoid system (ECS).  Yes, ENDO.....CANNABINOID...meaning an internal system of receptors for cannibinoid like substances that our body makes.   One of these substances that the body produces has been named anandamide.  Ananda means bliss or happiness in Sanskrit.   

 

Two known receptors for the ECS have been discovered- CB1 (located primarily in the brain) and CB2 (located throughout the body).  

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The ECS sets the body's baseline tone of well-being,

communicating to cells throughout the body that,

"Everything is ok."

THC and CBD, among other constituents of the cannabis plant, interact with our internal ECS receptors.  These receptors are found throughout the body and affect all aspects of health.  The ECS is responsible for maintaining overall body homeostasis,  inducing a sense of well-being, reducing inflammation, assisting in learning and memory, stimulating growth of new neurons, modulating pain response,  decreasing the stress response and soothing anxiety, stimulating appetite and decreasing vomiting, and regulating the immune system.  

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The Process of Certification

In New York state,  isolates of the cannabis plant (THC and CBD) can be obtained from a dispensary by individuals who are certified by a medical provider.  The process to become certified to obtain medical marijuana is straightforward. 

 

1.  Schedule a free 10 minute telemedicine consultation to review the process.

2. Provide documentation from a medical provider (your primary care provider or specialist) that you have a qualifying condition (see below).

 

3. Complete a medical marijuana intake form online.

4. Schedule an appointment for certification.  Appointments can be in person of via telemedicine.

5. Complete the enrollment process on the NY State Department of Health website.

6. Print your temporary card the same day; the official card will arrive in the mail.

7. Contact a NY state dispensary to arrange a consultation with a pharmacist.

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Eligibility Criteria

​You must have a diagnosis of one of the following to qualify for a medical cannabis card:

  • Cancer

  • HIV infection or AIDS

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity

  • Epilepsy

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Neuropathy

  • Huntington's disease

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Chronic pain

  • Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder 

This diagnosis must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions:

  • cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • severe or chronic pain

  • severe nausea

  • seizures

  • severe or persistent muscle spasms

  • PTSD

  • opioid use disorder.

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What about CBD?

CBD is available over the counter in NYS and may be helpful for a variety of health concerns

including pain, anxiety, and inflammation.

If you are looking to try CBD, find a reputable company from which to purchase.  One good local option is Head & Heal from Cortland, NY, but there are several others.

If you are looking to learn more about how CBD might be helpful for you, please contact me.  I'm happy to chat!

Cannabis is a remarkable plant with a capacity to teach, to help alleviate suffering, and in some situations to transform and heal.  This powerful and wise ally can influence our health and well-being in body, mind, heart and spirit.

Tammi Sweet

The Wholistic Healing Guide to Cannabis