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New York Has Made Marijuana More Legally Accessible by Lowering Its Standards

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New York has added a new category that lets more patients avail of the addicting controversial drug.


The state of New York has just added chronic pain as a qualifying condition that allows doctors in-state to prescribe marijuana to patients. Before now, NY's medical marijuana program's qualifying conditions included cancer, neuropathy, AIDS, and other serious diseases. For these illnesses, the pain is simply unbearable and sometimes unmanageable.

But “chronic pain” is a blanket term that applies to both trivial and serious conditions. On the concerning end of the spectrum are drug abusers who fake having chronic pain with unknown origin. On the grateful end of the spectrum are arthritis sufferers who now have a softer alternative to addictive opioids.

In fact, recent news found that more than 30 percent of opioid addiction is caused by doctors. The surgeon general said that part of the problem is that doctors are poorly trained on prescribing painkillers and an alarming percentage of doctors don't realize their patients could become addicted to their prescription opioids.

But if chronic pain patients are prescribed marijuana instead, their addiction won't be as serious compared to if they were instead addicted to opioids.

If you're currently on or have been on prescription painkillers for your chronic pain, you could be addicted to them and not know it. According to Detox South Florida, if when you stop taking painkillers you experience mood disturbances, insomnia, chills, sweats, or a strong craving, you are most likely experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

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If you find you're addicted to prescription painkillers or if you want to prevent becoming addicted, you can ask your doctor to switch you to prescription marijuana for your chronic pain. Marijuana is less addictive than painkillers, and has a calming, peaceful effect. But marijuana isn't a miracle drug without side effects. Researchers found that chronic marijuana use can increase your risk for lung cancer.

Before switching to prescription marijuana, you should try non-addictive, holistically healthy natural remedies. If you find these work, then you won't have to undergo any potentially addictive drugs and you'll save on healthcare costs too:

Acupuncture. Doctors have already recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic pain. Acupuncture has loads of other benefits, including boosting your fertility.

Pain-soothing foods. Tart cherries, chamomile tea, and other natural herbs and antioxidant-rich foods have been found to help alleviate pain. They're also rich in vitamins and minerals.

Yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation have also been found to alleviate pain. They also relieve stress, boost your brain power, and protect your body from diseases.

New York has now made medical marijuana more accessible to more people, which has its pros and cons. If you're experiencing pain, it's best to try non-addictive holistically healthy alternatives before turning to drugs.