Chronic pain affects more than 1 in 10 Americans,while 17.6 percent suffer from severe levels of pain, according to the National Institutes of Pain.
There is a long list of underlying causes, with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis being the main culprits. Other serious ailments, such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, migraines, and stomach ulcers also cause persistent pain.
Amid the veil surrounding this burdensome affliction, Serenity Medical Consulting offers new hope.
A wealth of studies points to marijuana being medically beneficial in the management of pain. Thanks to a new legislation under the “Compassionate Care Act” and the New York State Department of Health’s expanding list of qualifying conditions, Dr. Gregg Szerlip and the entire staff can help patients work toward a better quality of life.
The Benefits and Medical Necessity of Medical Cannabis
When cannabinoids, or compounds from the cannabis plant interact with receptors in pain activity centers in the brain and spinal chords, pain is relieved. Not only that, countless studies prove that medical cannabis is less detrimental to a person’s mental and physical well-being in comparison to opioids.
In a 2011 study published in the Journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researchers suggest the following medical marijuana components offer pain-relieving properties:
Not only can medical marijuana treat a range of ailments, it also has fewer and less harmful side effects compared to opioids. A 2015 study published in the medical journal JAMA reports that cannabis can help combat addiction by tapering dependency. Like all treatments, cannabis treatment comes with risks, but studies prove that, if the strict regulations are followed, the pros far outweigh the cons.
About Dr. Gregg Szerlip
Dr Szerlip is one of the few approved certifying physicians for the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. He will provide a thorough evaluation of your condition and determine whether cannabis may be the right treatment for you.
If you have an ailment where medical marijuana is beneficial or need more information on how to become an eligible medical marijuana patient in NY, contact our practice today. We’ll help you manage your symptoms, so you can achieve the peace and quality of life you deserve.