The Department of Health (DOH) NY has released some recommendations after a two-year review was conducted. The report examines the use of medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act and makes recommendations after an in-depth review of scientific literature. One such recommendation is to add medical marijuana for chronic pain as a qualifying condition.
NY Department of Health adds medical marijuana for chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions.
ABC News reports on a number of amendments made after the review were released recently by the New York Department of Health.
Currently the ten qualifying conditions listed are: HIV or AIDS, cancer, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, spasticity caused by damage to the spine, neuropathies, IBS and Huntington’s disease.
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Medical marijuana for chronic pain
Chronic pain will be added to the list as soon as the Department of Health has compiled the proposal for the amendment. The specific conditions of chronic pain which will qualify for the recommendation of medical marijuana, will be clarified.
Dr. Howard Zucker, Health Commissioner, stated after the thorough review conducted on scientific literature it became apparent that some patients could most definitely benefit from the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain.
Is CBD oil for pain “medical marijuana”?
CBD oil for pain doesn’t make people high, so in that sense, it is not medical marijuana. At the same time, it contains cannabinoids, including a very small amount of THC. While purveyors of THC rich, psychoactive marijuana seem to get away with making medical claims, CBD is often forgotten. ABC’s report is unclear as to whether the new law will regard CBD oil as medical marijuana. Presumably, it does, since so many seem to regard CBD oil as being the most legitimate form of medical cannabis.
Extending authorization to improve patient access
Meanwhile, the state Health Department has filed amendments for nursing practitioners and physician assistants to be granted authority to certify patients with qualifying conditions to receive medical marijuana as a treatment option.
Dr. Zucker says the amendment is aimed at improving patient access as 10,500 patients were certified to date by more or less 740 registered doctors.
More public awareness and organizations to register patients
Two years after Governor Cuomo legalized medical marijuana these recommendations have been made to streamline the regulations on manufacturing, and create wider public awareness. The DOH wants to add five more organizations assisting in registration and practitioner authorization to prescribe medical cannabis by 2018. This will also increase patient access.
The home delivery of medical marijuana to patients was also recommended as 85% of current patients suffer from various forms of cancer and receiving conventional cancer treatment can leave them home bound for days. The number of registered practitioners will have to increase to cover vast areas where there are currently no practitioners, and patients are often unable to travel far distances.
NY DOH sets the pace
With chronic pain added to the list, there is all the more reason for delivery to be to the door of those patients in need of the medicine. The review by the DOH of NY could serve as a great guideline for other states to consider when laws are made on the use of medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act.
Meanwhile, the legal position of CBD oil for pain is “Opaque” the Village Voice reports. It can contain a lot of CBD and still be legally regarded as hemp, but if any medical claims are made, it immediately becomes a “drug”. We hope that the new medical marijuana laws will bring about greater clarity.