Medical Marijuana

Dr. Ditzell has the training and expertise to certify patients for medical marijuana and to help guide cases and manage this treatment modality.




MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NYC FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Medical marijuana, though still controversial in some circles, has been shown to provide life-changing relief to people suffering from a wide swath of chronic conditions, including mood and psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety. At Jeff Ditzell Psychiatry, we’re dedicated to helping people find treatment that fits into their lifestyle and provides much-needed relief. If you’re interested in trying medical marijuana treatment, our office can help you get certified to take it and recommend the right medical marijuana dosage for you.

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WHAT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

Medical marijuana is the same substance people use recreationally, just taken in a medically recommended way to alleviate problematic health symptoms.

Marijuana marijuana comes from two plants – Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Medical marijuana has been used for centuries to help alleviate pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, and digestive disorders.

HOW DOES MEDICAL MARIJUANA WORK?

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different compounds called cannabinoids that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, producing different therapeutic effects depending on the compound.

The two main compounds used to treat ailments are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – which is psychoactive) and cannabidiol (CBD – which is non-psychoactive). THC is what produces the “high” from smoking or consuming marijuana.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana from a psychiatrist in NYC

MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR ANXIETY

Medical marijuana is often used to treat anxiety because of its calming effects. Patients with anxiety who use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms often report an increased feeling of calm, better sleep quality, and improved ability to relax.

However, for some people, medical marijuana has the opposite effect, and can cause increased heart rate, sweating and paranoia. These effects have been linked to higher dosages of THC. Finding a medical marijuana dosage that works for you could ward off these unpleasant side effects and help you find relief from anxiety with medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana FAQ’s

Medical marijuana is generally well-tolerated in most people, though some people may find certain side effects inconvenient. Side effects of medical marijuana can usually be managed by adjusting your dosage.

Side affects of medical marijuana subside once the initial “high” of smoking or ingesting marijuana wears off, typically in a few hours. Side effects of medical marijuana include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Hunger
  • Eye redness
  • Slower reaction times
  • Memory loss

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that medical marijuana can be addictive. Experts believe that dependence on medical marijuana works the same way as dependence on any other drug from caffeine to alcohol to cocaine – taking high doses regularly can lead to addiction. If you’re concerned that you may become dependent on medical marijuana, talk with your provider. We will help you create a usage schedule and dosage that prevents your dependence on medical marijuana.

Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost of purchasing medial marijuana because it is not FDA approved and is not listed on insurance companies’ formulary lists. You’ll have to pay out of pocket for your medical marijuana purchases.

IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADDICTIVE?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that medical marijuana can be addictive. Experts believe that dependence on medical marijuana works the same way as dependence on any other drug from caffeine to alcohol to cocaine – taking high doses regularly can lead to addiction. If you’re concerned that you may become dependent on medical marijuana, talk with your provider. We will help you create a usage schedule and dosage that prevents your dependence on medical marijuana.

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