Cannabis. A personal favorite topic of mine. I suffer with a few chronic pain conditions (Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease and Endometriosis) and after trying dozens of prescription medications that offered far more negative side effects than actual relief, I discovered cannabis through a friend of mine. It worked. It worked far better than the numerous pills- opiates, benzos, anxiety and sleeping medications, anti inflammatories, Gabapentin, Lyrica and high doses of antidepressants that were slowly killing me. All I did was sleep. I was dizzy with vertigo, nauseous and just numb. At one point I even ballooned up to 260 pounds. I was also starting to have problems with my liver. I learned over time that the more cannabis I used, I didn’t need the Gabapentin, the Lyrica, the Amitriptyline, the benzos and I was even able to reduce my dosage of antidepressants. I laughed more. I lost weight. I enjoyed things more. I hurt way less, I threw up less, I just felt better. It took years for me to finally convince my doctor to prescribe it to me legally. I brought her articles and Post Its with websites and video suggestions, my documented evidence that it indeed worked well for pain without all the side effects. I have been pro cannabis (used responsibly) for many years.
A couple of years ago, one of my best friends opened a dispensary in Nova Scotia and I have been a big proponent of hers since. She helps patients who are dealing with cancer, long term illnesses and chronic pain disorders. She believes that people have the right to alternative health care and the right to medicate with cannabis. I tend to agree with her. We are in the midst of a large scale opiate epidemic that is not only destroying lives, but destroying families and creating a large burden on our health care system. That epidemic has some sinister roots all leading back to profits. In all, opiates tend to be over prescribed.
Although here in Canada, we are on the brink of Legalization of Marijuana, there are still many kinks to be worked out, policies to be devised, laws to be developed and bills to be passed. In the meantime, patients are being left at the mercy of the large corporate Licensed Producers (LPs) who deal in mass quantities, at higher prices and in many cases, poorer quality. There have even been mass recalls where toxic pesticides were discovered during random testing on crops that were advertised as organic. These LPs deal in online sales predominantly. I can’t help but wonder;
What if you’re sick or elderly? Maybe you can’t afford Internet or don’t have a computer or smartphone. What if you’ve never tried cannabis and have questions about what strains would work best, or how you can expect to feel? Maybe you want to try alternatives to smoking. Maybe you’d prefer to ingest oils and edibles. What about these people? This is why the role of dispensaries should be considered a crucial part of Legalization. To make sure people are being educated on what they are buying. To make sure there are plenty of options to medicate that don’t include smoking. To service people who can’t afford large quantities.
These are the things my friend fights for and why I both support and admire her. Recently we discussed starting a blog for her shop featuring patient stories so I’m happy to say that is my new job. Tonight I interviewed my first patient and designed the blog site. I’m hoping to have it finished and published no later than Friday. I plan on sharing it once I’m finished and I really hope that some of you check it out if that’s something you are interested in.
Having a new (paid) project gives me a sense of purpose and a pep in my step. I am really looking forward to doing to the best job I can for her to make it successful. I am very grateful for the opportunity.
Have you tried cannabis? What’s your story?
Live Humbly, Be Charitable, Live Graciously,
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“Medical Marijuana” http://lasvegasreleaf.com/nevada-legalized-marijuana-now-faq/