Good afternoon, fellow bloggers. It’s been a while, for sure. I’ve had a lot going on over the past few months (story of my life) but a lot has been for the better.
Most of you know about my struggles over the past few years since my hemorrhage and subsequent stroke. A large part is due to the chronic pain I experience on a daily basis. Of course, we know that increased pain equals increased episodes of depression. I’ve had more than my fair share of battles with depression.
I want to talk about my most recent visit to my new pain management doctor, Dr. T, and our consensus that medical marijuana looks like a great solution for my pain. I’ve never been a fan of opioids and anyone that’s followed me over the past few years will recall how I weaned myself of a Fentanyl patch when I was living in Pennsylvania. My former pain management doctor was a great guy but didn’t like to listen. I never wanted the patch, just something to take when the pain was absolutely unbearable. That’s neither here nor there at this point. The point is, I think I’ve found the light at the end of my tunnel.
What, exactly, is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana comes from a family of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemicals related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient that makes people “high.” The marijuana plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids.
The main cannabinoids that are of interest from a medical standpoint are THC and CBD. THC can help increase a patient’s appetite, help with nausea, decrease pain, inflammation, and muscle control issues.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t give you the ‘high’, and still helps control pain, epileptic seizures, and possibly even mental illness and addictions. I would be in the CBD department and that’s good for me.
I know there are a lot of arguments for and against marijuana use for pain relief. I think a lot of people mistake marijuana for a ‘gateway drug’ to other, more powerful and addictive drugs. Personally, I disagree. No one has ever died of an overdose of marijuana and statistics show that prescribed pain medications are what generally leads to illegal opioid use and addiction.
I’m interested to know what you all think of this new development in my treatment and your overall opinion on medical marijuana use in general.