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Marijuana for Chronic Pain Experiences

Chronic Pain | Last Active: Oct 20, 2021 | Replies (50)

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Hi Chris - Thank you for getting back to me. Yes, I am in Florida. When I look at the leafly website you mention, I get thoroughly confused. So many different products, so many different ways to dose, etc. I see the PA at my pain mgmt doc next week, and I think she will be able to provide me with some answers and direction. So far, I have gathered that I will have a consultation with a dispensary "Certified Consultant" - at a dispensary which my doc recommended. I notice varying THC percentages. Do you know anything about that?

I won't be using MJ all the time, since my radiofrequency ablations and facet joint injections seem to hold me for several months. However, a procedure wears off, then the pain. I have finally been able to use tramadol along with zofram (used to make be seriously nauseous); however, I dislike the side effects. I know the ablations and steroid injections will lose effectiveness as time wears on, so I want to be prepared now. Plus, who knows? I may prefer MJ and get better relief. I have some heart issues, so I'll have to monitor that also. But at my age, I will make some adjustments to get my best life.

Again, I appreciate your insights and experiences.

I hope today is a good day!

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Good morning Sue @ashby1947. You live in the right place for finding medical cannabis options. Here is my daily MJ dose chart.
Along with breakfast.....a 3:1 CBD/THC tincture may be a good place to start and with some food in your tummy. This means that 3 parts aka 75% of the active ingredients are CBD and 1 part or 25% is THC. You need some THC to activate the CBD. Always choose high-quality cannabis and a reputable product development company.

You can start with just 1/4 of a dropper and then increase as your body accepts the doses. Just like any other medication your body adjusts and needs more. So then you go to 1/2 of a dropper and eventually a whole dropper. By holding the tincture under your tongue for 45 seconds you bypass the digestive system so you should feel results in 15-20 minutes.

Now, just notice and pay attention to your body and the effects of the tincture. For me, there is a calming and settling feeling. In the afternoon, you may want to be lazy so the 3:1 will be perfect. If you want to have more energy and engage in some exercise or walking...I up the THC and reduce the CBD. So....a 2:1 CBD/THC might be a good start. I now use a 1:1 CBD/THC.

Evening.....you can go back to the 3:1 it 2:1 for bedtime. I use no other medication for sleeping well.

So.....here is your plan for the day....ease into it, enjoy afternoon activities with renewed energy and then relax into uninterrupted sleep.

Let me know what you think and we can move on to topicals. Please tell me what areas in your body have pain...I use both a 3:1 topical balm for chronic pain or a 1:3 for acute pain.

It isn't that difficult...just a lot of being aware of your body, evaluating results, and adjusting dosages as needed. You can do this!

May your body be healthy and whole.