Learn how to use Mayo Clinic Connect
Request an Appointment
Does Medical marijuana work for chronic pain. Looking for alternatives to Vicodin.
As I have written previously, CBD alone helped me reduce my oxycodone use from 6 to 4 a day PRN. Adding THC to the CBD (much easier and safer) helps me deal with my chronic pain better emotionally and throughout my day. I have no expectations of being totally pain free since I cannot use any anti inflammatory OTC or prescription drugs and never had back injections. I use buprenorphine patch 20mcg/7 days routinely, drink green tea, take turmeric 2000mg/day and eat an anti inflammatory diet. Except for my chronic level 5-6 back and leg pain I’m in the best shape I’ve ver been in for 69.
I have been using CBD oil for nearly a year now. It has not eliminated my arthritic discomfort, but it has certainly helped. My physician advised me to mix 6.5 parts Voltaron with 1 part CBD oil to use as a topical wherever I have chronic pain. Then I also take a teeny spoonful orally twice a day at meal times. I have noticed not negative side-effects.
I smoke everyday & marijuana has helped relax me & helped with my chronic pain. Good luck
Good morning @joycemarie, Welcome to Connect. Thank you for posting your cannabis usage and the benefits. Voltaron is kind of scary to me. What CBD oil do you use as a topical? I use a P & B balm. 1:3 CBD/THC for acute pain and then 3:1 CBD/THC for chronic pain. The only RX medications I use are gabapentin and duloxetine. You mention a teeny spoonful at meal times. Is that CBD only? I used to put a dropper in my beverage. Now I just use it as a tincture. Stay with us, We need your feedback,
May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering,
Jump to this post
Good morning @gina54, May I add my heartfelt welcome to connect, Thank you for posting about your cannabis usage. I am glad it helps you deal with chronic pain. Would you entertain and consider giving up the smoking, It is not a delivery without health risks. How about a dropper of the same dosage,
May yiou be safe and protected from inner and outer harm,
@jenatsky Thanks for posting one more time. I concur with your recommendation to adding ‘THC to CBD. And your expectations are reasonable. Cannabis helps us mentally and physically. It is not a cure all by any means….it just makes living more joyous and pleasant.
May you have happiness for every day of your 69th year,
I do not smoke anything including marijuana. You must have misunderstood what I said. I use CBD oil topically on my skin (like an ointment where I have pain) and I take a very small amount orally from the tiny spoon that is provided with the CBD oil bottle. I agree with you that filling one's lungs with smoke of any kind is unhealthy..
Please explain why you worry about Voltaron It is sold over the counter, and my physician advised that I mix it with what is straight CBD oil as a topical where I have arthritic pain as well as residual pain from shingles..
Please excuse me for jumping into the middle of this conversation. I’m considering trying to use CBD for my chronic head pain. Problem I have is I don’t know where to start, where do I purchase this so I know it’s coming from a reputable place and is not a fake? How much to I use to start with? A few years my Mayo doctor thought it would be a good plan for me, that’s all the information I got from them.
Thanks to everyone for your information and suggestions.
Welcome @bonnieh, you are not jumping in you are just joining us as we explore medical cannabis options and opportunities, Do you still see your Mayo doctor? Do you live in a marijuana legal state? In some states like Minnesota you must have a specific diagnosis and chronic pain is one. In other states you can just register with a dispensary. They often have pharmacists who specialize in helping you get started and monitor your experience,
In other states you are your own prescriber and must monitor your own experiences, Choosing medical cannabis doesn’t mean you are replacing prescribed medications,, You only need two products, topicals and tinctures, And you need to memorize this phrase….you can always have more, you cannot have less. Take it easy. Here is a good site to start,
If you would like to get started please let me know where you live and what you are now using for pain.
I am reading a lot about CBD oil … what does it taste like? I can’t stand the smell of marijuana so if the CBD oil has the same taste/smell I know I will gag on it!
I live in MN. I see Mayo doctors every 3 months in their pain center. I am currently taking Hydrocodone every 6 hours and Pregabalin 3 times a day for chronic pain. I also get 3 nerve blocks every 3 months.
Create an account to connect with other patients and caregivers like you.Ask questions, get answers, and give and get support.Also follow blogs from Mayo Clinic experts.
Already have an account? Sign In