Medical Marijuana: From Laughable Suggestion to Legitimate Option

Medical Marijuana: From Laughable Suggestion to Legitimate Option
So, I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal. I'd never thought much about it before, always assuming treatments would work for me, and also because, well, I'm not the marijuana type. I've never smoked it, not even during college, when many people tried it. I don't drink or use any recreational drugs. Not that I have anything against either; they're just not my thing. But my friend, who lives in the same state as I do, has decided to try marijuana for relief from her multiple sclerosis. She's in the process now of getting cleared. It seems like a very long process of going to various doctors, obtaining a license, choosing from among many varieties, etc. It's also quite costly as insurance won't pick up the cost. She's started a GoFundMe page to help with her expenses. This is after years and years of treatment for her disease, with constant relapses. I admire her ability to look confidently in another direction. It got me thinking. Would it help me? In the past, I've kind of laughed when people suggested it. My mother-in-law used Marinol, the prescription version of cannabis in a pill, during the last months of her life. It made her incredibly high, unaware and sleepy. She didn't like what it did to her, and I didn't either. I remember going to her house one day when we couldn't get her on the phone and finding her basically incoherent and passed out on the couch. I rushed her to the hospital, and she was fine by the end of the day as the drug eased out of her system. These days, when I'm in pain, I take Percocet, a drug prescribed to me by my gastroenterologist. Not all GIs will prescribe pain medication for Crohn's, which really bothers me. We're not all going to become addicted to it. I use mine only when the pain becomes unbearable, at the hei
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  1. Tim Hindes says:

    Hi Judy,

    Our stories are somewhat similar I am a 54 year old male whom never even tried marijuana but drank my fair share of beer. I had a terrible flare last June that had me losing 30 pounds , required two blood transfusions and in the words of my local GI I almost lost my colon. He said there was nothing I can do holistically and had to do Remicade. I had an allergic reaction to remicade that included whats called syrum sickness that brought about the most debilitating pain I have ever encountered, it was that day I tried marijuana only to find my bowel slow down, I became intrigued and took myself off of everything accept the nightly marijuana before bed. I went to Mayo and had a before and after scope and the results show no active signs of the disease. I am at one to two normal bowel movements a day since 8 months ago. I am taking Balsalazide daily and also am eating a combination of the Stanford & Mediterranean diet. In the evening I can sometimes feel my stomach get what I call squishy / gassy feeling like I might have to go, I smoke 3 to four inhales and no more feeling to go until the next morning. I do not want to take Remicade or Humera and am very grateful for what the cannabis is doing (and prayers too). That’s my experience hope it helps

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