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Medical Marijuana

  • By Midas

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain:Green Ribbon from:http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/green-ribbon/ . Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

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  • By bigsisthre

    I haven’t used medical marijuana, or heard of anyone specifiacally using it. i have however heard of charlottes web. i don’t have the link from it, but it’s the same as marijuana without thc.

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    • By hedzabuzzin

      Hi Nancy
      Thanks for the share. I am also in New York and have looked into the medical marijuana. I have been living with the double whammie of chronic migraine and Trigeminal Neuralgia for 20 years. Found out the hard way triptans are not for me when a round of severe migraines kicked up and I was given Imitrex. I thought I was having another stroke! The rebound headaches woke the terrifying trigeminal beast in a fit of annihilation. At that point, I began researching the medical marijuana. Due to cost, I stick with my topiramate and a daily round of magnesium and B complex. Not much else works. I’m way too sensitive to most medication. While I have extreme flares, if that’s what one would call it, a few times each year, I have a PCP who knows me and how to manage the pain. Neurology is incredible and I have also been through Pain Management where I have been treated by a TN specialist. Unfortunately I am not a candidate for surgery. I look forward to other posts on this topic as the research is promising for many.

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  • By Tamara

    I’ve played around a bit with it. CBD capsules, CBD oil, CBD/THC oil in different ratios and now something called shatter and a vap-pen. It is not my magic bullet (darn!) but does lower my anxiety levels (sometimes) Improves sleep and increases appetite (which has always been a problem because of severe TMJ issues). No help during bad attacks but mild day to day pain sometimes is lowered. Good luck!

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi Tamara,

      I’ve recently become “certified” patient in NY and am finding the learning curve is pretty steep. I do find it helps with anxiety and restless leg syndrome and when I have a spike in pain.

      Thanks for sharing!
      Nancy

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  • By AnnAnd

    I don’t know how typical my experience is, but I have had excellent results from a combination of CBD and THC products. I also notice that using cannabis a few times a week even when I’m not in pain seems to have lowered the frequency of my migraines.

    These are the benefits I’ve experienced:

    – Lower frequency of headaches- approx. 1 per month vs. 3-5 per month in the past

    – Faster recovery- My migraines now last 2-4 hours and I’m able to function, vs 1-3 days where I was completely incapacitated from pain and nausea

    – No more nausea and vomiting! This is the biggest one for me, and probably is a contributor to my faster recovery. It used to be rare for me to have a migraine and not be nauseous and vomiting for 24+ hours, even if I caught it very early.

    Through trial and error this is the combination that I have found works best for me:

    – 1 or 2- 2.5 mg Petra mints (micro-dose THC edibles, not sure how widely available they are outside of CA but I love them) or a very small dose of THC tincture

    – 1 dropper full of high-CBD tincture

    – 400-800 mg ibuprofen

    – A cup of coffee or strong tea

    I truly don’t understand the science of THC or CBD, but I’ve found that CBD alone does nothing for acute pain or nausea, THC works well for both but taking an effective dose makes me too high to go about my day normally. Taking them together, plus some ibuprofen, has turned out to be the ideal combo to make the pain and nausea go away and not be too high to function. Inadequate caffeine is one of my triggers so I add the coffee for good measure and also because I feel it helps counteract any of the sleepiness I might get from the cannabis.

    I hope this info is helpful!

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi AnnAnd,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m happy to hear you are seeing a reduction in migraine attack frequency and severity – always good news!!

      Nancy

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  • By Unique

    I need help because I’m a little out of my depth here. This is my first time actually contributing to a support group. I’ve always been too nervous, but I’m desperate. I’m 19 and I have chronic migraines. I’ve had them since I was 16 and it’s kind of thrown everything off. I barely graduated high school, it’s been a year since I’ve graduated and I don’t have a job, no prospects of going to college anytime soon.

    As it is there’s no plan for pain management and every preventative we’ve tried hasn’t had any impact. I’m still living with my parents but while they’re as supportive as they can be I think they’re reaching the end of their rope. And if I’m honest I need a change, but I can’t hold a job until I can manage the pain. It’s 24/7 and between the nausea and the full body aches and pains I’m just not reliable anymore.

    I was reluctant to talk about trying medicinal marijuana with my doctor because I haven’t had great experiences with it in the past. It spiked my anxiety and with as high as it is on a normal day that’s a deal breaker for me… but like I said I’m desperate and I’m hoping that there’s a strand that’ll limit the effect on my anxiety. I mentioned it to my Neurologist and she shut it down pretty fast but I don’t think it’s as simple as she made it sound… I don’t know enough about what’s legal and what’s not to actually discuss it with her. So I’m not sure where to go from here, how do I get a medicinal marijuana card and how do I know what strand would be best? Do I have to find a doctor who’s specialized in that area? I guess I’m looking for more information and just general advice.

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  • By AnnAnd

    Hi Unique-

    Laws vary from state to state, but a simple google search should get you some info on whether your state allows medical or recreational marijuana. I’m in California and I was able to get my medical card through an online doctor with a $50 fee. I was worried it was a scam but I got my valid card in the mail a few days later. I think a lot of regular doctors just don’t trust it because there haven’t been enough clinical trials for its effectiveness. For me, that wasn’t a good enough reason to try it and I’ve had positive results.

    I also suffer from anxiety, but fortunately there are many strains that do not cause me to feel anxious if used in moderation. In general, Indica strains cause less anxiety and will make you more sleepy and relaxed, while Sativas are more “heady” and tend to make me feel more anxious. Blueberry is a very common indica strain that I think is great for migraines and causes minimal anxiety.

    If you are in a state with legal marijuana, any dispensary you go into should have people knowledgeable about different strains who can help you choose what’s best for you in terms of max pain and nausea relief with minimum anxiety. You can also do research online for info about different strains if you want to have some basic knowledge before going to a dispensary- leafly.com has a ton of info and has been very helpful to me because it compiles user reviews to list the positives and negatives for many strains.

    I think edibles are also great for people with anxiety because it is much easier to take small doses until you reach the perfect amount. Sometimes two puffs on a vaporizer makes me feel uncomfortably high and anxious, so taking edibles has become my preference because I can get a more precise dose.

    Good luck with finding relief from your migraines.

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  • By pigen51

    I tried it and it didn’t work for me, but my brother uses it with fantastic results. So it is an individual thing. I am on disability for migraine headaches, but it is a hard thing to get. It is not impossible, though. But legal help is vital, in my opinion. I will be 57 tomorrow, so it took me a long time, with a track record of working, to get disability. YMMV, but disability might be an option.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Unique,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us and being part of our discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!!

    I’d like to mention a few things before we discuss cannabis. Try not to lose hope, as frustrating at the may be. There are over 100 medications that can be used to treat migraine disease. With all the different combinations that number goes up dramatically. The thing about migraine prevention medications is it may take up to 90 days before we see a reduction in migraine frequency and severity. If we don’t give each medication a fair trial, we’ll never know which one would have been “the one” to work. Does that make sense? Let me share information with you on migraine prevention; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-preventives-start/.

    Is there any chance you are taking something every day or near daily to help get rid of your pain? It’s like a catch 22 – we want to be pain free so we take medications to do that. BUT, by taking them too much we can get ourselves into another problem called medication overuse headache, moh, which was formerly called rebound. Moh may occur if we take pain medications and/or migraine medications, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription more than two to three days a week. If we are in an moh cycle, our migraine attacks will be more difficult to treat and we can end up a daily cycle of pain that is also hard to break. The last thing we need is another type of headache disorder. You can read more about this here; https://migraine.com/blog/help-how-can-i-not-overuse-migraine-medications/.

    Something else to consider is it sounds like it may be time to see a true expert who treats migraine and headache disorders – let me explain. Neurologists may be fine doctors but have a hard time being experts in one area because they treat so many different conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and others. Migraine and headache disorder experts are board certified in headache medicine which is different than being certified in neurology. When you get a moment take a look at this information; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    Have you been able to identify any of your migraine triggers? Trigger identification and management plays a vital roll in migraine management. If we can learn to avoid the triggers we can and mange those we can’t, we may be able to reduce migraine attack frequency. Read more here; https://migraine.com/?s=triggers&submit=Go.

    I’m going to stop now so I don’t totally overwhelm you! Please let me know what you think and we can continue our conversation!

    Nancy

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