Chronic Pain

Medical Marijuana For Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects all of us differently and we all respond to treatment differently too. For chronic pain that has laster for over three years and degraded your health and functional capability, becoming certified through the New York State Medical Marijuana Program to purchase medical marijuana. Doctor Paul Saladino and Christian Plaza, FNP know first-hand how difficult dealing with chronic pain can be, so they became able to certify patients for this program. Being based in Newburgh NY, they can see you either in-person or virtually through telemedicine. When you are ready to explore what medical marijuana can do for you or a loved one, click on the button below to schedule your appointment today. *

medical marijuana for chronic pain

What is chronic pain?

Most people have felt pain before once and a while, but when that pain does not stop for a long period of time, that pain now becomes chronic.  John Hopkins Medicine explained that "chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis. Chronic pain may be 'on' and 'off' or continuous." Any illness or injury, even the ones you recovered from, could still have pain that never goes away. 

What is the typical treatment for my chronic pain?

Since chronic pain has the potential to impact your entire life, treatment for chronic  pain includes pain relief and a support system to fall back on. Most medical facilities offer a pain management program with the ultimate goal of returning you back to almost where you were before the pain started. Medications typically prescribed in this program involve either over-the-counter (OTC), opioids (reserved for high pain cases) and antidepressants. Some may be  enrolled into occupational therapy to stimulate exercise and others may be given emotional support. 

How can medical marijuana help with chronic pain?

Medical marijuana takes the marijuana plant's chemicals and then the plant is grown and cultivated specifically to treat a variety of medical conditions. WebMD explained that "the marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the same "high" people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it." Medical marijuana comes in many different forms such as dried leaves, edibles, oils, sprays, and creams.
Most medical studies that tried to find a relationship between using medical marijuana and stopping chronic pain (completely) yielded little result. What is currently being proven  though is the fact that medical marijuana may be a much safer alternative treatment method than using prescription opioids to manage the chronic pain. Some studies also suggest that some pain can be relieved for short periods of time. 

Who is Cross Valley Health & Medicine?

Cross Valley Health & Medicine is a primary care practice located in Newburgh NY, allowing for both virtual and in-person appointments. The practice has two medical providers on staff, Doctor Paul Saladino who is dual board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine and a Christian Plaza, who is a family nurse practitioner. Both practitioners are eager to see new patients for the following programs: Substance Abuse TreatmentBehavioral Health ManagementHIV/AIDS Care ManagementPrimary CareMedical Marijuana CertificationsMedication-Assisted TreatmentSTD/STI Care Management, and Weight Loss Management. If you are interested in becoming a patient of Cross Valley, please click here to access our online paperwork portal. Visit us online at or give our office a call at 845-561-7075.


 *Any information listed on this page is provided for medical educational purposes only, and shall not be taken as medical advice provided by Cross Valley Health & Medicine. Any medications listed on this page are also provided for medical educational purposes only, and the use of any of these mentioned medications should stem from consulting with your provider.