I'm a chronic pain patient and have been since 1994. I was originally prescribed large doses of opiates for pain control and often felt more stoned on them than I ever had on cannabis.
About 6 years ago, when opiates began to have bad press I decided to withdraw myself slowly from them. It's an awful process and I resent that the pain clinic never bothered to inform me of the fact I'd end up addicted to opiates.
In 1998 I got one of the first Medical Marijuana cards available in Oregon. I'd used cannabis recreationally for decades but I now investigated pain control solutions with cannabis.
I'm almost completely off the very large doses of opiates I was originally prescribed and have used cannabis in several forms to ease both my withdrawal symptoms and help control the pain I originally had, along with new exciting pains and aches associated with getting old, such as arthritis and several broken bones.
Cannabis helps me with pain control a great deal. I understand others opinions that cannabis makes pain more tolerable for them, however for me, I no longer feel the sharp arthritis pain or the aching sciatica pain that often opiates didn’t help.
I use several different forms of cannabis as well s different THC?CBD strains-it’s been an experimentation to discover what form helps what symptoms. When my joints ache, the topical oil I make with coconut oil and a 50/50% CBD/THC bend is the most helpful thing I’ve ever used. It’s soothing and good for my skin also.
I also use RSO, canna capsules that I take 6 times a day, tinctures for immediate relied and, of course, my trusty old bong.Its sad that old tropes about cannabis are still being touted as trueisms, when actual studies disprove these.
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