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Medical Marijuana Specialist

First Choice Medical PLLC

Family Practice Physician & Internal Medicine located in Holbrook, NY

Medical marijuana is a type of treatment used to relax the body and provide relief from challenging symptoms resulting from many conditions, ranging from Crohn’s disease to Tourette syndrome. Dr. Lawrence Goldman helps patients who might benefit from medical marijuana at First Choice Medical’s conveniently-located Holbrook, New York practice. The practice is one of the few practices in the area able to prescribe medical marijuana. Find out if you’re a candidate for this treatment by booking an appointment online or calling the practice today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

Why would I need medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana relieves symptoms for people suffering from painful conditions. It’s made from dried leaves and buds from a cannabis sativa plant. You can use it as an ingredient in tea and food, or it can be smoked and inhaled. It’s also available in pill form.

Who is a candidate for medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana can treat several conditions. But to be prescribed medical marijuana legally, your condition must be named in your state’s laws. If you qualify, First Choice Medical can provide medical marijuana treatment plans for several conditions, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Terminal illness
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Tourette syndrome

If you have these conditions, tell your First Choice Medical provider as soon as possible. They may recommend medical marijuana as an effective treatment option.

How fast does medical marijuana take effect?

How quickly medical marijuana alleviates your symptoms varies among patients. You may feel the effects of marijuana within 30 minutes, or it could take several hours. It’s especially difficult to control how and when you’ll feel the effects if, for example, you smoke it or take the pill form.

It’s also possible to ensure your medical marijuana doesn’t cause the mood-altering effects associated with recreational use. If this is a concern for you, let Dr. Goldman know.

What are the side effects?

You may experience side effects when taking medical marijuana, just as with any medication. The side effects usually are minor but include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

When using medical marijuana, it’s recommended not to drive or operate machinery. And if you’re thinking about stopping your medical marijuana usage, talk to Dr. Goldman first. While withdrawal symptoms are rare, you should always seek medical advice when you’re thinking about ending a prescription.

First Choice Medical is one of the only authorized practices in the region that can provide medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions. If you’re considering this treatment option to alleviate your symptoms, book your appointment online or call the office today.