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Medical Marijuana Information

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana is available to our established hematology/oncology patients. Medical marijuana is used to ease pain and discomfort. Marijuana is a plant that contains cannabinoids; chemicals that help induce drug-like effects on the body.

Two well-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is capable of reducing nausea, pain, and inflammation. CBD carries the same benefits as THC without the intoxicating side effects.

Types of medical marijuana products

The most common forms to use medical marijuana include:
  • Vape Cartridge/Pen
  • Capsule
  • Tablet
  • Oil
  • Oral Spray
  • Powder

Cost of Medical Marijuana

The cost of medical marijuana varies. Plant buds cost between $5 and $20 per gram, edible products between $2 and $5 per dose, and tinctures are $15 or $20 per bottle. Discounts can be obtained by contacting a registered organization. Insurance companies are not required to cover any medical marijuana usage. A list of the registered organizations can be found at health.ny.gov/mmp.

Should I speak up about my pain?

Patients often do not report pain for different reasons. Some cancer patients feel that pain is inevitable and that they must handle it alone. It can feel embarrassing to describe the way certain types of pain or sensations feel. Your quality of life can significantly improve by speaking up.

Am I eligible for Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana can be obtained after consulting with your primary healthcare provider. The qualifying conditions to become eligible for medical marijuana in New York State include:

  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord nerve injury with intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Opioid alternative for pain that degrades health and functional capability
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Substance use disorder-You must also have one of these associated or complicating conditions:
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Opioid use disorder

To see if you qualify, schedule an appointment with one New York Cancer & Blood Specialists’ providers, Dr. Roy Chen,
Dr. Alexander Zuhoski, Dr. Christi Kim, or Jonathan Catrona, PA.