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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Overlook PAIN + Recovery

Asher Goldstein, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Hackensack, NJ & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Pain management expert Asher Goldstein, MD, values the many benefits of medical marijuana for treating chronic pain conditions. At the Hackensack, New Jersey, office of Overlook PAIN + Recovery, Dr. Goldstein and his team assess the severity of your pain and can prescribe medical marijuana to treat painful conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions. To find out more about the benefits of medical marijuana, schedule at consultation by calling Overlook PAIN + Recovery (formerly Genesis Pain Centers) or by requesting an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a product of the cannabis sativa plant, which contains active compounds that are beneficial for relieving chronic pain and other symptoms of underlying health conditions.

The two specific compounds in medical marijuana that treat health issues and pain include delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient that gives people a high, and cannabidiol (CBD).

Dr. Goldstein believes in the medicinal qualities of THC for treating a variety of chronic pain conditions. He also stays up-to-date on the exploding research that continues in this field for pain management.

Is medical marijuana the right treatment for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for medical marijuana, the Overlook PAIN + Recovery team takes time to learn more about your personal and family medical history, your existing health, and the severity of your pain.

The providers may recommend medical marijuana as part of your treatment for painful conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal injuries
  • Degenerative joint disease

Medical marijuana can also be useful for relieving persistent nausea that occurs when taking certain pain-relieving medications. The medicinal version of marijuana can quickly ease pain without giving you a feeling of being high.

What can I expect from medical marijuana therapy?

If your Overlook PAIN + Recovery provider determines that medical marijuana can help you better control your pain, they can prescribe it for you.

You need to register with the State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program before filling your prescription, and your physician can provide necessary documents you need to complete your registration.

Medical marijuana is available in several forms:

  • Pills
  • Oils
  • Topicals
  • Dried leaves and buds

Your provider can help you determine the best method for using medical marijuana. You administer the treatment yourself when you’re experiencing pain. Typically, inhaling vaporized marijuana oils provides the fastest relief of symptoms.

If you’re not finding relief of chronic pain with medication and other therapies, schedule a consultation with the team at Overlook PAIN + Recovery to learn whether you’re a candidate for medical marijuana. Call the Hackensack, New Jersey, office or request an appointment online today.