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Medical marijuana, experiences?

I have found good pain relief and help with sleeping with eatables. I live in Colorado so I have access to medical marijuana. Has anyone else had any experiences with using this method for pain control versus opiods? In my opinion, it is safer to utilize this rather than pain killers.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,571
    Just do a search on Medical Marijuana and you will find dozens of references. There have been so many threads about this.

    Unfortunately, every one of those threads eventually was shut down , because it became a battleground. There were so many for and just as many as against. And that is NOT what our forums should be focusing in on.

    My gut tells me to lock this thread up and just have you search all the other articles. But I am going to keep this open for a while. As long as follow on posts are productive and not a good and evil witch hunt it can stay open. However, if it
    goes the route of so many of the other threads dealing with this subject, I will lock it down.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • charlie6017charlie6017 Posts: 412
    edited 03/29/2013 - 10:14 AM
    I will admit that I have never so much as tried marijuana in my almost 42 years. Living in New York State, we don't have access to it. I am not yet educated on medical marijuana, but if it is used as an edible medicine, how much different can it be to other oral narcotics used to help ease the pain?

    If it were legalized for medical purposes in NY, I would likely want to try it......not smoking it, but orally.

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  • It's worth a shot. If you can get a card, it is worth trying. The damage that so many of the so-called "approved" medical drugs cause to the liver, cause depression, build a threshold where you have to take more and more for relief - talk about "gateway drugs - sheesh!

    I know people get relief from them and marijuana - medical or otherwise - has a bad rap to those who see it as demonic - can offer relief without the damaging side effects.

    I would suggest trying it out - and trying it out slowly. In other words - take one or two hits - and then wait - and see how that particular type of medical marijuana impacts you. If it's mild in quality, it may be just enough to help. Or, you might need another hit or two.

    Like medications, you want to be wise and not drive after smoking some and I would caution against baking with it until you have an idea as to whether it helps or not. Baking with it gives you less control of how to monitor your reactions, while smoking it will give you more control. (Have some water near you in case you are not used to inhaling the first few times.) :)

    Even my father - definitely not pro marijuana - finally succumbed to trying medical marijuana for his Phantom Limb Pain (after his arm was amputated because of a rare tumor) when nothing else helped. It took him decades to finally try it - and he did get relief from it. He is still not thrilled at using it, but the damage he knew the pain medications were causing his body long term with no results was enough to finally get him to the point of trying.

    Good luck to you.

    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • pandqmamappandqmama Posts: 172
    edited 03/31/2013 - 5:02 AM
    I think there already is an oral medication out there based from marijuana -meredol maybe.

    I have never tried marijuana since my pain began (ten years ago) but would be interested to see if it helps for my pain (fbss and nerve). I am awaiting a spinal cord stimulator and wearing a 100mcg fentynal patch and 15mg morphine for break through pain. obviously my pain is not under control now, so I would give marijuana a try. I don't think even if legal in my state I could because my work has drug screening and I would think that the federal law would keep my fortune 50 company the ability to drug screen.

    I think this is a very private decision, if you want to try it - go for it.
  • I asked my PM about it and he was all for it, BUT....He said because of the legal problem he made the comment, Only thing you could go to jail.
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  • scinmyheartsscinmyheart Posts: 208
    edited 03/31/2013 - 3:04 PM
    If you are in a pain management program, I think the problem is finding a clinic that does not have an issue with using marijuana in conjunction with opiates, especially if you are not in a medical state. I would think even those doctors will have an issue unless you are really lucky. Too bad as I think they can be used together. But in my situation, I don't think that I would be able to stop all pills even while being able to smoke...and no, both together is not going to kill you

    With my clinic, I will get kicked out if testing positive for it, even while testing okay with my Rx levels and pill counts...proving that I am not diverting my pills for marijuana...it would be an addition...they should test your levels to make sure they line up with what you are prescribed...count my pills...test for coke and meth...but no needvto test for marijuana if everything else falls into place...it's just a bunch of horse$$$$

    In NCcrazys case, I'm wondering what that dr actually meant with his comment...I am guessing that NCcrazys is in a non medical state, so the dr is not telling him/her anything new about the possibility of going to jail (and that depends upon the state and certain circumstances)...if that is the case and he is TRULY okay with it, then the risk of jail should be on him and no skin off the doctor's nose
  • I am fortunate to be in Colorado- where medical marijuna is legal, and to have a friend who is an expert in the various forms of medical marijuana, so I was able to chose what varietal works for my medical issues.

    I use it primarily to help me sleep and for some pain management.

    I do find it very interesting that this is still such a controversial topic and hope we can keep the post open, and not get into conflicting opinions about the right or wrong of it- that is really up to the individual- I believe and you can and should use your voting right in your state to make your opinion known.

    My goal in posting this was not to see if people should be able to use it,- candidly I would not use it if it were not legal in Colorado, but as a way of discussing it as an option for pain/ sleep issues, if you live in a state where it is legal. To explore it as it as an option versus the heavy duty opiods.

    My pain management doctors have given me very few options, Vicodin is pretty much it- and I am really nervous about being on this drug long term. I also hate the spacey feeling out of touch feeling it gives me.

    Eatables, by the way, are really usually strong- and labelled with their potency, so I advise you consult with good knowledgeable center staff person first,( if you are in a state where you can get eatables legally) and take very small doses of it. It is concentrated, not like smoking a joint!

  • I'm curious to hear from someone in one of the approved medical marijuana states that is also a pain patient, what I'm curios about is if the pain clinics are using it. I am 100% for medical marijuana, however it needs regulation, this industry right now is the same as the pill mills in Florida was 5 years ago. Also it needs more medical intervention, right now in many states you have an ex hardcore stoner selling "medicine" in a closed down Dairy Queen, because he says he cares about people in pain. To be taken seriously by people the industry needs a major facelift.
    Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
    Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
    Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
    St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014

  • My pain contract specifically states that use of marijuana, even with a card, will void the contract. MT has been a medical marijuana state, but the upcoming legislation will put a huge damper on the use and of who can be a caregiver. I have never partaken, FYI, just a response.
  • It is legal in my state w/ a card from an MD. I have tried it for my pain in the past just to see and it did not help me w/ my pain. It DID allow me to finally sleep w/o problems. I only used it for a week just to see and then I stopped, I musta had the good stuff b/c I could not function. LOL.
    I do know several people use it for pain and it works for them.
    Every person is different and should be up to the individual I think. If it works for someone then why not.
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