Treating chronic back pain with medical marijuana

I simply had to get off the pills.

While I hated dealing with the chronic back pain I have been experiencing for several years, the pills weren’t good for me either. I knew that if I didn’t find another path toward managing my pain, I would end up a junkie with a bad back. That’s oversimplifying it a bit but it’s the honest truth. I now have access to medical marijuana and am changing my approach completely. My back problems are from an injury I suffered when I was younger. And being a young knucklehead, I didn’t properly heal or treat my injury. So of course, it came back to bite me all these years later. At first, I tried to manage the pain with OTC meds. That didn’t last very long before I was off to the doctor. I was sent for PT and prescribed the pain pills. The PT helped some but it was so tough on me. The spasms in my back after a PT session were so bad that I was brought to tears a few times. It was truly awful. As a result, I leaned more on the pills and less on the physical therapy. Now, I’m off the pills thanks to medical marijuana. And I’m not stopping there. The cannabis flower products I’m using have motivated me to really treat my situation in a holistic way. I’ve changed almost every less than desirable behavior in my life. The change and the medical cannabis have helped me feel better than I have in years.

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Cancer treatment much more tolerable with medical cannabis

It’s bad enough having something like cancer trying to kill you.

But then add in the treatment for the cancer and it can be such an overwhelming feeling.

Thankfully, I listened to a good friend who had gone through a similar cancer diagnosis and treatment. The first thing she told me was how to get a medical marijuana card and what cannabis dispensary I should use. I thought she was just sort of kidding around but she was just shy of adamant that I take her suggestion. So I did just that. With the help of my wife, I learned how to quickly navigate the cannabis regulations to get my medical marijuana card. And I was able to do this prior to the beginning of chemo. Oh man, after the first treatment I was so sick I could barely even hold my head up. I hurt everywhere and the ensuing nausea was just the worst. I got on the cannabis flower products right away after that scene. And the cannabis products really made a tremendous difference in the way I felt. It was not quite night and day but it was much, much better. The medical marijuana helped me manage the nausea so much more effectively. Plus, I had an actual appetite. And eating healthy food was so key to fighting my way toward remission. The cannabis flower product I use is also helping me adjust to my situation. I’m a lot more at ease and have a much brighter, more positive perspective thanks to medical marijuana.

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Less anxious now that I have access to medical marijuana shop

They call it anxiety and depression.

I call it my life.

This combination is something that I have had to deal with for my entire life. And it’s no picnic that’s for sure. Still, this is my life and I want to live to the best of my ability. But my anxiety really kept that from happening for much of my life. However, medical marijuana is helping me discover a person that I have always wanted to be. It all started out when I just happened to stop by a series of cannabis dispensary events. I heard about it on the radio and one of the things touted was help with anxiety. And anxiety is the main driver of my problems. The depression I experience comes from all the anxiety I feel in my life. And the anxiety was just everywhere before I found medical cannabis. I have been on prescription meds since I was a teenager. It’s sort of been a merry go round effect with the meds. They work a bit and for a bit. Then they don’t. Then, I get put on something else and the same dance ensues. Well that all changed when I figured out how to get a medical marijuana card. My therapist was actually instrumental in helping me get to the medical marijuana shop. I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t want to feel weird and paranoid due to the cannabis products. But what I found was the complete opposite. The cannabis flower product simply lifts all this needless worry and anxiety right out of my life. So I am able to manage my life in a way that I have never been able to before my introduction to medical marijuana.
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Finding a new way of living with MS thanks to medical marijuana

So life can come at you in all sorts of weird ways.

  • For me, I have sort of just learned to roll with life.

It’s not been a picnic for me but that’s just my life. Still, it’s all about living the best life you’re able. Medical marijuana is helping me do that as I adjust to life with MS. First, I have to say that an MS diagnosis is not the end of the world. There are so many good treatments out there. And the support I get from family, friends and a network of people with MS has been instrumental. Actually, the MS support group I belong to was how I found out about medical cannabis. Almost everyone in the group uses some form of cannabis product. I smoked some weed in my day so I wasn’t unfamiliar with cannabis products. Still, I really didn’t realize just how effective medical marijuana can be for those with my condition. The cannabis flower product that I use is really great for limiting my joint and muscle stiffness. This allows me to do the exercises and stretching that is so beneficial to my condition. Heck, I’m even able to take a yoga class and I couldn’t do that even before I was diagnosed with MS. The medical marijuana also really helps me to relax and just go with this. I don’t have near the anxiety that I have experienced in the past. And that is a godsend because life with MS is difficult enough without adding a bunch of stress and anxiety. Plus, I just love all the people down at the medical marijuana shop. They’re almost like family now.

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Medical cannabis can help with a number of problems

Medical cannabis can be used to treat a number of health conditions and problems.

Cannabis contains naturally occurring receptors called cannabinoids.

THC, CBD, CBA, and THC-A are all used for a variety of medical uses. I lost my appetite when I was going through treatment and a doctor prescribed medical marijuana for daily use. At first, I was hesitant, because I didn’t want my friends and family to think I was a drug addict or a pothead. After losing five pounds in 2 days, I didn’t have anything to lose. Medical marijuana gave me an appetite and it increased my mental mood. I felt more energy and stamina than I had in months. I ate burgers, pizza, and chicken. I drank coffee, wine, and milkshakes. I went for walks in the morning with the dog. I didn’t even have to smoke the cannabis, because the dispeanry had several items that were ingestible like tinctures, pills, and even edible treats. I liked the pot brownies and space cake. I didn’t enjoy the treatments for a single minute, but cannabis helped me overcome the horrible side effects. I spent several months getting the treatments at the hospital. My family and friends never let me down. Everyone was kind, helpful and supportive. I have been healthy for the last eight years. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel better knowing I don’t have to face it alone. My family and friends were incredibly helpful during the process. They showed me how much they really wanted me to fight to make more memories together.

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When there is a shortage, medical patients will have first time access

It makes a lot of sense to get a medical marijuana card, even if you live in a state with recreational pot laws.

There are a number of benefits to being a medical patient. First of all, you don’t have to pay as many taxes when you make purchases. Some states have state, county, and local taxes and they add up very quickly. A couple of west coast counties charge 36% taxes on pot supplies. You don’t have to pay most of those fees with a medical marijuana card. If there is ever a shortage of weed, medical patients will have first choice and access at all times. Another great reason to get your card is because the daily purchase limits are higher. If you find a great deal, you can stock up on products. Having a medical card means being able to grow and harvest as well. I started growing marijuana plants shortly after I got my medical card. I live in a state that legally allows me to grow and cultivate up to eight plants of my own. I’ve never grown that many plants at one time. I wouldn’t know what to do with that much bud. I have two seedlings and two youth plants at all times. Each one of the plants can yield about a pound of marijuana flower. I share with my friends and family, and I still have plenty of buds left to freeze and store for weeks. With so many wonderful perks, there is absolutely no reason not to obtain a medical card.

 

 

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My anxiety has been overwhelming me a lot lately

Lately, I have been overwhelmed with anxiety.

I think it is a combination of work and home stress.

My boss is demanding more work from everyone, but we are already having trouble reaching our goals by deadline. The kids are home from school because it is summer and they are constantly getting into trouble. Last Tuesday, I got a call from the corner deli by our apartment. My son Jason and his friends were hanging out behind the store smoking pot. Jason is 10 years old. I can’t be with them everyday, and I certainly cannot afford to hire a sitter for a 13 and ten year old. I have to count on them doing the right thing when I am not home. All of this stress is causing my anxiety to surface in odd ways. I bit all of my nails down to the cuticle and I am losing my hair. I had to go to the doctor because I had an infection in my thumb from biting my nails. My doctor offered to write me a prescription for medical mairjuana. He said it would help ease the stress that I am feeling everyday, but I think it makes me a hypocrite. I know medical marijuana is legal here, but I just gave Jason a speech about doing drugs last week. If I start using medical marijuana, I might send the wrong message to my children. They are already finding ways to get into trouble. I don’t want to give them an excuse to use medical or recreational cannabis.

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I had to quit smoking pot for the new job

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to drug test employees in a state that allows recreational and medical marijuana, but there are still companies that require pre-employment drug testing.

I smoked pot the whole time I was in college.

It was the thing to do with your friends and the cool thing to do at parties. Pot was legal and we smoked a lot. My friends and I went to the cannabis dispensary every weekend to pick out new cannabis products. I tried edibles like pot brownies, space cake and cookies. I tried gummy coins, mints, and even cannabis infused chocolate. I loved the feeling of being high and I knew it was going to be difficult to stop smoking marijuana for a job. I also knew it was going to be a requirement. As soon as I finished college and started looking for jobs, I stopped smoking marijuana. It was extremely difficult and I struggled with mental health issues when I stopped. I was cranky and irritable and I didn’t want to leave the house. I couldn’t even visit the dispensary with my friends, because I was tempted to buy marijuana products. The first time I got a job after college, I had to stop smoking marijuana for 3 months. After I got a job working at the bank, I went right back to smoking marijuana every single day. I’ve been working at the bank for 12 years and I have never been asked to take another drug test. They still require the drug test for pre-employment even though marijuana is legal everywhere in the state.

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Cancer treatment much more honorablewith medical cannabis

It’s exhausting enough having something like cancer trying to kill you.

But then add in the treatment for the cancer plus it can be such an overwhelming feeling.

Thankfully, I listened to a nice neighbor who had gone through a similar cancer diagnosis plus treatment. The first thing he told me was how to get a medical marijuana card plus what cannabis dispensary I should use. I thought he was just sort of kidding around however he was just shy of adamant that I take his suggestion. So I did just that. With the help of my partner, I l gained how to abruptly navigate the cannabis regulations to get my medical marijuana card. And I was able to do this prior to the start of chemo. Oh man, after the first treatment I was so sick I could barely even hold my head up. I hurt everywhere plus the ensuing nausea was just the worst. I got on the cannabis flower products right away after that scene. And the cannabis products really made a tremendous difference in the way I felt. It was not quite evening plus afternoon however it was much, much better. The medical marijuana helped me manage the nausea so much more effectively. Plus, I had an actual appetite. And eating healthy food was so key to fighting my way toward remission. The cannabis flower product I use is also helping me adjust to my situation. I’m a lot more at ease plus have a much brighter, more positive perspective thanks to medical marijuana.

 

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Treating chronic back pain with medical marijuana

I simply had to get off the pills.

While I hated dealing with the chronic back pain I have been experiencing for numerous years, the pills weren’t good for me either.

I knew that if I didn’t find another path toward managing my pain, I would end up a junkie with a disappointing back. That’s oversimplifying it a bit however it’s the tolerable truth. I now have access to medical marijuana and am decreasing my approach completely. My back problems are from an injury I suffered when I was younger. And being a young knucklehead, I didn’t properly heal or treat my injury. So of course, it came back to bite me all these years later. At first, I tried to manage the pain with OTC meds. That didn’t last undoubtedly long before I was off to the dentist. I was sent for PT and prescribed the pain pills. The PT helped some however it was so difficult on me. The spasms in my back after a PT session were so disappointing that I was brought to tears a few times. It was easily awful. As a result, I leaned more on the pills and less on the physical therapy. Now, I’m off the pills thanks to medical marijuana. And I’m not stopping there. The cannabis flower products I’m using have motivated me to easily treat my situation in a holistic way. I’ve changed almost every less than desirable behavior in my life. The change and the medical cannabis have helped me know better than I have in years.

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