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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C.

Howard Shapiro, DO

A Private Medical Practice & Osteopathic Physician located in Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY

If you experience a chronic medical problem or long-lasting pain, the team at Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City offers a solution. Howard Shapiro, DO, can authorize medical marijuana use to treat specific health problems. Call his office for an appointment today or use the online booking tool.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, also referred to as medical cannabis, is sourced from the Cannabis sativa plant. It contains active compounds used in medicine called CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). Marijuana is often useful for treating certain medical problems, and it may help you to avoid taking addictive pain medicines.

Medical marijuana comes in many different forms, including:

  • Dried leaves
  • Buds
  • Oil
  • Pills
  • Topical applications
  • Oral solutions
  • Foods
  • Drinks

Dr. Shapiro can authorize the use of medical marijuana if you have certain medical problems or debilitating symptoms. 

What is medical marijuana used for?

Medical marijuana has many uses. You might be a good candidate for it if you have a qualifying condition, such as:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis pain
  • Other types of severe or chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe nausea 
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

Medical marijuana is often useful if you undergo certain types of medical treatments that cause unpleasant symptoms. It can increase your appetite to help you boost calories and nutrition.

Is medical marijuana right for me?

To find out if medical marijuana is a good option for your treatment, Dr. Shapiro checks your blood pressure, pulse, weight, and other vital signs. He reviews your medical history and asks questions about symptoms you may have. 


He completes a physical exam and may suggest you undergo blood tests, urine tests, heart function tests, asthma or allergy testing, X-rays, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment. 

How should I use medical marijuana?

Use medical marijuana exactly as directed by Dr. Shapiro, including only in recommended dosages. Call his office if you experience unexpected side effects or if chronic pain doesn’t subside. He might recommend you use marijuana in conjunction with other holistic pain-relieving therapies, such as osteopathic manipulation, lifestyle changes, massage, or medical weight loss.

Dr. Shapiro monitors you regularly while you’re undergoing medical marijuana treatment, and he can adjust the type or dosage of marijuana you use as needed. 

To find out if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana, call Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., or schedule an appointment online today.