It is hard to believe that in this day and age where cannabis has been legalized not just for medicinal use, but in several states for recreational usage too, there are still people dead set against trying it to reduce chronic pain. Yet every day I hear someone say that they would never try it and below are some of the excuses they give.
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It’s the devil’s lettuce!
Some people believe that marijuana is the work of the devil. If you believe in the devil, it only makes sense that you believe in God too. If that is the case, you believe that God created the earth and all that was put on it, including marijuana. So why wouldn’t you want a natural medication created by the person who created you? Cannabis won’t make people join in orgies or practice witchcraft. People who want to do those things will do it with or without it.
People lose their minds
Some people believe that cannabis will make people do things that they shouldn’t like steal, rape, go on killing sprees, etc. They believe that it will alter and twist the mind of the person smoking it. That they will become evil, twisted, or lose their minds. Truth is millions of crimes are committed by people who have never touched cannabis. Does it have a psychoactive effect? Yes, but so does opioids and alcohol which 99% and of the people who tell me that they are against cannabis are totally okay with. Cannabis actually brought clarity back into my life. The physical pain I experienced from my chronic illnesses prior to medicating with cannabis, took over my mind. I couldn’t think straight. It would take hours to read and comprehend a few sentences or paragraphs. I not only struggled with verbally expressing myself, I could barely write out my thoughts. Yet, soon after I began medicating with marijuana my mind cleared, I could concentrate on what I was reading, comprehend what I had read, and most importantly my ability to express myself both verbally and through writing returned. Opioids never had that effect.
Stoners are lazy
Some folks assume that people who use cannabis for recreational and/or medicinal purposes will become lazy. Could someone abuse it and lose their job, home, spouse, etc.? Sure, but so could anyone who never touched marijuana. The stoners in my circle are some of the most productive, active, and successful people you will ever meet. They are creative and focused. I don’t have the time to name the amount of people who have never touched cannabis yet are lazy, have no goals, and lack or have no desire to learn and/or develop their talents and skills. Before medicating with cannabis I forced myself to leave the house to do something fun with my family a few times a year. I would spend the months in between recovering. After I began medicating I was able to start leaving the house several times a month, then every week, to now where I am busy every day of my life. Before cannabis I was in too much pain to do anything, now I am too busy to do everything that I want.
People will judge me
Honey, I have got news for you, people are always going to find a reason to judge you. Do you allow what others think dictate how you treat your illnesses? If so, why? You have the right to medicate and treat your illnesses however you choose. It is your body and your life. Don’t let someone else’s closed mind keep you from doing what you want. Last year a reader sent me a message saying how much cannabis had helped with her pain, but she had to stop using it because her family didn’t approve. Seriously!!!!??!!! She was denying herself from the pain relief that she knew was possible all because of what people who didn’t live with her pain thought about it??!! You don’t have to proclaim yourself a stoner, there isn’t a club that you must pledge an oath to, nor will you have to wear a sign! Nobody has to know! Do you tell all of your family and friends about every medication you take, which includes Tylenol or allergy pills? If I didn’t blog about it, most of the people in my life wouldn’t have a clue that I medicate with cannabis.
I smoked a joint and it did nothing for me
You can’t judge whether or not cannabis will help with your chronic pain. Unlike opioids, marijuana doesn’t mask pain. The relief I have experienced has increased through the years, yet how much cannabis I need for pain management has decreased. Another thing to consider is did you research and try a strain that is suited to your needs? Every strain is different. I am always researching strains to see what may be a good match for whatever symptom is bothering me the most. Not everything that says it is good for a particular symptom is a match for me, it takes time to find a strain that performs the way I want it to.
I don’t want to get high
It is possible to medicate with cannabis and not get high. Some people achieve an acceptable level of pain relief from CBD (one of the cannabinoids in the marijuana plant that doesn’t have a psychoactive effect), but as I have personally experienced, the addition of THC (a psychoactive cannabinoid) is what works best. However, even with THC I was able to medicate and relieve my pain without getting high by micro-dosing. Micro-dosing is consuming cannabis in small doses. In fact I tell people to begin with micro-dosing so that they don’t get so high on their first try that they end up never wanting to try it again.
I refuse to smoke
Well good for you…… Sorry to be rude, but this comment comes from people who have not taken the time to educate themselves about medicating with cannabis. You can consume marijuana in various ways. Cannabis is available in edible forms like candy, baked goods, butter, and beverages. Tinctures are also great for micro-dosing as you just put a drop or two under your tongue. Gel pills are also an option, but are hard to find in low dosages. It is possible to medicate with cannabis and never smoke a day in your life.
This is just a handful of the excuses that people shared with me. Have you tried it? If not, why? If it because it has not been legalized in your area, I get it. I too once lived in a state where medicating with cannabis was not a legal option. However, after experiencing so many improvements in the past 6 years, I suggest doing whatever it takes to get it. I am not suggesting that you break the law, instead I am saying that if I didn’t live where it was legal, I would move or contact groups in my state/country that are actively working to get it legalized and join their efforts.
Is cannabis for everyone? No, but people need to stop saying that they have tried everything or that opioids are the only thing they can take for their pain without giving cannabis a chance.
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