Does medical marijuana work for chronic pain?

Posted by mmoss @mmoss, Mar 27, 2021

Does Medical marijuana work for chronic pain. Looking for alternatives to Vicodin.

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@saylor479

I have a brain tumor a paraganglioma, that causes me to be nauseous and dizzy. How would one even approach a medical professional at the Mayo clinic or at my pain management Dr.? I am so scared of asking because when I asked my previous pain management dr about it he before my diagnosis, by the way, it took 4 years to get a brain tumor diagnosis with all the symptoms including massive headaches, and he old me if I use Any Marijuana he would drop me from his care. I have been taking nausea meds foe over a year .
How do you askabout it without sounding like a drug addict?. No offense.

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I asked my pain management Dr if he would object if I tried medical marijuana and he said no. It’s legal in FL, but you must go to a specific doctor who prescribes it. The state must issue a license, so is expensive! Much more than the prescriptions insurance helps pay for. Seems the government could be more helpful if they wanted to help seniors as they say they do.
If your doctor won’t allow you to try it, to reduce your level of misery, I would consider finding another. All the best to you in the new year!

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@lvon

Hmm I tried Marijuana not medical but at 73 who cares. Over rated for sure nothing , no relief. Big pharmaceutical making a mint over this. CBD works as well. I am going to try a warmer dryer climate for a month to see if there is any reliefs.

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I wonder how long you tried it before giving up? Considering your chronic pain has taken a long time to develop expecting an immediate cure or relief is unrealistic without narcotics. It took me a month before I think I felt any changes and a year to develop my current regime that has me off all break through meds. I’m only using buprenorphine patch, baclofen and turmeric plus CBD and THC.

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I totally agree with the comment that at 73 who cares what others think about marijuana use. I have nothing but nerve pain. Right now, NOTHING WORKS, but having medical marijuana has been a godsend because the THC makes me relax and not worry about pain for a little while. I hope in time, my state SC, will allow use of the real stuff so that i may enjoy life for short periods of time.

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@jenatsky

I wonder how long you tried it before giving up? Considering your chronic pain has taken a long time to develop expecting an immediate cure or relief is unrealistic without narcotics. It took me a month before I think I felt any changes and a year to develop my current regime that has me off all break through meds. I’m only using buprenorphine patch, baclofen and turmeric plus CBD and THC.

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I only tried twice. I thought it was like a miracle fix like you felt instantly relief from anything. I still have some of that brownie I can throw som frosting on. I understand everything about pain being produced by misfiring brain connection and know scientist can figure where it happens in the brain , so there is no help in the books. i will keep trying to find a combination of exercise and CBD and inflammation helps and suggestions from others . Thanks for helping🙂

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I feel the same today especially!

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@ga29

I asked my pain management Dr if he would object if I tried medical marijuana and he said no. It’s legal in FL, but you must go to a specific doctor who prescribes it. The state must issue a license, so is expensive! Much more than the prescriptions insurance helps pay for. Seems the government could be more helpful if they wanted to help seniors as they say they do.
If your doctor won’t allow you to try it, to reduce your level of misery, I would consider finding another. All the best to you in the new year!

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I agree with you! Then you have to go to the marijuana doctor twice a year.
I hope you find some relief. 💕

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@jenatsky

I wonder how long you tried it before giving up? Considering your chronic pain has taken a long time to develop expecting an immediate cure or relief is unrealistic without narcotics. It took me a month before I think I felt any changes and a year to develop my current regime that has me off all break through meds. I’m only using buprenorphine patch, baclofen and turmeric plus CBD and THC.

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Great advice! I have my medical card and use it just about every night. I am currently trying different types to see what works. I was thinking of getting a datebook to cataloge my breakout pain , everyday pain and numbness, what activities and shoes were involved and what strain I tried. Hoping to get the best effect!
Do you have any reccomendations on strains?
I like a 1:1 ration ( CBD: THC ) and 3:1 for after work and then a heavy indica at bedtime. I need the THC to calm the anxiety and distract from the pain. Hoping to reduce the shitload of gabapentin I take.
Thanks! You share some great info!

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@artscaping

Good evening @bonnieh218. Since you live in Minnesota and are a Mayo patient, you can follow the guidelines for cannabis use at this link.
https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/cannabis/index.html
Your Mayo clinician can verify that you have a condition that qualifies you for medical cannabis. After you have registered and paid the fee, you can be scheduled for an appointment with the pharmacy specialist. There are 3 options in Minnesota, capsules, topicals, and tinctures. Once you have made a starting decision you can begin treatment. And then you will have support from the staff at the dispensary while a patient.

It might be interesting to know that Minnesota has received awards for the research and development undertaken here. And it might also be good to know that Bachman's has done the development and owns the Leaflne dispensaries.

Good luck. Don't forget to check in with us so others can benefit from your experience.

Chris

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I do not understand why you have to pay extra fees and so forth. Bachmans ! This state makes more money off the elderly and ill people. Michigan,Colorado, California are all states where you can get relief . You pay to go to a Dr so you can tell them what you already know what is wrong with you and then pay them for a application for relief. No wonder people have lost faith in the Medical field.

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@luann262

Great advice! I have my medical card and use it just about every night. I am currently trying different types to see what works. I was thinking of getting a datebook to cataloge my breakout pain , everyday pain and numbness, what activities and shoes were involved and what strain I tried. Hoping to get the best effect!
Do you have any reccomendations on strains?
I like a 1:1 ration ( CBD: THC ) and 3:1 for after work and then a heavy indica at bedtime. I need the THC to calm the anxiety and distract from the pain. Hoping to reduce the shitload of gabapentin I take.
Thanks! You share some great info!

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I use mostly tinctures..a CBD:THC 10:1 1cc in the morning and 2x more 1/2cc. At bedtime I use a straight THC 1cc and 1cc of a CBD:THC 5:1. I vape periodically throughout the day a CBD high cartridge with THC but so I’m still functional.

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@jenatsky

I use mostly tinctures..a CBD:THC 10:1 1cc in the morning and 2x more 1/2cc. At bedtime I use a straight THC 1cc and 1cc of a CBD:THC 5:1. I vape periodically throughout the day a CBD high cartridge with THC but so I’m still functional.

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I need to visit my dispensary to get some tinctures- I do like the CBD:THC 3:1 or 5:1 micro dose vape during the day. I’m out of tinctures and have been smoking high % indica flower at bedtime which enables me to sleep. I take so much gabapentin- 3300mg – would like to reduce that. Thanks!!

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I could not tolerate Gabapentin and I cannot take NSAIDS so I rely on green tea and turmeric for anti-inflammation. Good luck with your journey.

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@lvon

Hmm I tried Marijuana not medical but at 73 who cares. Over rated for sure nothing , no relief. Big pharmaceutical making a mint over this. CBD works as well. I am going to try a warmer dryer climate for a month to see if there is any reliefs.

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I think it is important to note that Medical Marijuana is not the same as the CBD you buy over the counter. I have Idiopathic PN and buy CBD at a local Dispensary. I forgot to take it one day and was ok for about 24 hours. The next day I was late getting my pills and the pain that showed up very quickly was extreme. My feet were letting me know to NEVER be without my pain-relieving CBD pills. I wish OTC worked, but only Medical. works for me.

Anyone ever had this happen? Something NEW to add to my list.
Last week when my PT came for exercise, my blood pressure was taken as usual. It has always been 120-130 (I am 87). That day it was 168 and kept going up. I was advised to go to an ER which I did.( I also had palpitations in previous weeks, but no rise in BP.) Well, they did every test imaginable, including brain MRI, CT scan and lots of blood work. I was released the next day with instructions to go to my GP, then a Cardiologist. My blood pressure was up and down with extremes changes. Only once did it go over 200 since I have been home, but I have NO ANSWERS! I am writing this to ASK if anyone knows if this is at all related to Peripheral Neuropathy? I am not diabetic and just the ordinary arthritis here and there. Why did this flare up? I live alone and this needs to be figured out! I am following all the usual BP rules. Any ideas out there??

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