Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Marijuana Field Research

In order to reduce pains (arthritis, MS) and stomach discomfort, I have been trying various strains and substrains of marijuana and, more recently, various product types: shatter, oils, tinctures, pills and other edibles (brownies from a Mary Jane mix). I think I'm honing in the strains and products to get me through the day.

I recently tried some 25 mg THC pills and found that they were great for reducing and even preventing pains... and giving a light buzz for about 6 hours. The effects start in about 1/2 hour after taking the pill, ramps up for another 15 minutes, then maintains its efficacy for another 5 or 6 hours. I think that the first ones I bought were Indica-based, which tends to make a person more drowsy. I want to try some Sativa-based pills in the future.

I also have an oil-based Sativa tincture. A few drops under the tongue and I feel better for a few hours. Its much more fast-acting than marijuana edibles (like the pills above) because it is absorbed quickly when taken sublingually. I think that this tincture also works to prevent pain, so is best taken before the pain or discomfort gets bad. Four drops gives about 12 mg of THC, which is about as much as you can hold under your tongue for a while until you have to swallow it. What you swallow isn't wasted: it just takes longer to affect you.

The brownies I find to be much too sweet, though if I stay up late enough and get the munchies, a half a brownie goes down very nice.

Of course, the fastest way to get marijuana-based relief is to vape or smoke dry weed or concentrates. For the day-time, a high THC Sativa weed or concentrate (like shatter) that doesn't make me too sleepy can be used as a quick pick-me-up on bad days. In the evening, just before bed, I vape my old standby: a 9/9 (%THC/%CBD) dry weed from Cannimed that usually helps me get to sleep quickly (along with sleeping pills). If I have a severe pain just before I go to bed, I take whiskey to calm it down. Sometimes I take whiskey even if I'm feeling no pain. 😁

It is now possible to get all these products from online dispensaries (usually based in BC) without a medical marijuana prescription... you just need to send them a digitized copy of government-issued ID. There are quite a few dispensaries that sell quality-controlled products and provide very clear information about what is in it. Contact me if you want to know more.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Changes

My last MRI showed more plaques and a shrinking hypothalamus. Not good news, but not surprising.

My mobility is quite obviously getting worse: mostly because of the weakness in my left leg and arm. Except for really short distances where I use my poles or a cane and someone's arm, I am only able to get around on my small scooter  (EV Rider Transport) which I use in the apartment and to the YMCA and in malls/restaurants, etc. I would recommend this to anyone that still has balance and enough strength to transfer yourself to chairs and so on.

My pain continues, especially in my left hip. Since my back surgery over two years ago, my sciatic pain continues to to be almost non-existent. Lower back pain, however, continues to get worse due to my osteoarthritis.

Pain is also the reason that my stomach is often upset. For pain I take neuro pain killer, Tylenol, marijuana and whiskey. Usually they work well enough to allow me to fall asleep. I would like to use less whiskey because it causes a poorer night's sleep... but that is still better than falling asleep at all.

My night spasms are almost gone: Baclofen and marijuana takes care of that. I rarely nap during the day any longer and seem to have more energy during the day. That may be because of the Modafinil I'm now taking.

I still do some exercises (when I'm not feeling lousy), either at physio, the pool, or at home.

But the real change for me is that my kids have both moved back into town from overseas AND I have a beautiful 9 month old granddaughter who has greatly increased the joy in my life. Pain or stomach upset, it doesn't matter... all I have to is think of her and my day feels so much better. I would recommend it to anyone!