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Where to legally try cannabis for chronic pain

Where to legally try cannabis for chronic pain

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have received many inquiries lately from people who want to see if cannabis could help relieve their chronic pain, but they either don’t live where medical marijuana is legal or it is legal for medicinal use where they live, but they don’t want to sink a fortune into entering their state’s program only to discover it doesn’t help them.  Today I am going to share a legal and safe way to find out if adding cannabis to your pain management plan is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best and most legal option is to plan an extended visit (at least a week) to a state or country that has legalized cannabis for recreational purposes.  I say most legal, because in the United States, it is illegal to be in possession of or to consume marijuana on a Federal level.  Before you say, hey I can’t afford a vacation, think about this…. A. It is not a vacation, it is a mission to find out if cannabis will improve your chronic pain.  B. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Save money by reaching out to friends and relatives that live in those areas and ask to stay with them.  C. Think of it as an investment. You either find out that it doesn’t work and you are out that money or it does help and you recoup that money with a better life once you begin at home.  We’ll talk more later about how to make the trip more cost effective, but for now let’s figure out where to go!

Here is a list of the states and countries that have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes as of the publication of this post:

Alaska

California

Colorado

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Nevada

Oregon

Washington

Northern Mariana Islands

Canada (Click here to learn more about Canada’s cannabis laws)

While recreational use is legal in the District of Columbia and Vermont, neither allows it to be sold so I would not consider either as options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When considering where to go, keep a couple of things in mind.  If you don’t do well in cold climates, don’t visit Alaska or Michigan in the winter.  If extreme summer heat, we’re talking triple digits, increases your pain, don’t book a trip to Vegas during the summer.  Another thing to consider is, who do you know there? Do you have friends or family that are cannabis connoisseurs? Going into a dispensary for the first time can be an intimidating experience when you are new it.  Not only can they accompany you, they can also help you choose products.

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have chosen your destination, you need to figure out where you are going to stay. The most affordable would be to stay with friends or family.  Just make sure that they know why you are visiting and what you are planning on doing while there.  Not everyone wants cannabis in their homes. Don’t be a douche, respect your hosts and if they are cannabis connoisseurs be sure to share!  Another perk of staying with someone who partakes regularly, they can help you not freak out when the high hits and help you decrease the high if you try too much.

My second suggestion is to book an Airbnb that allows smoking, if you are choosing to try it in that manner, or book through a cannabis tour service. Note that Airbnb does not have a policy against the possession or consumption of cannabis.

Here are a few cannabis lodging services/tours to help you on your mission.

Bud & Breakfast

My 420 Tours

TravelTHC

Have a cannabis travel business and would like to be listed in this post? Email The Disabled Diva to ask how at admin@thedisableddiva.net

Your last and least favorable option if you are planning on smoking would be a hotel/motel.  Most have no smoking rules and most state recreational cannabis laws prohibit smoking cannabis in public places such as a smoking area.  I know, I am shaking my head too…  Anyways, there are other ways to try cannabis that doesn’t include smoking…. and I will cover that next week along with how to find the products you want to try.

One last thing to think about….. If you are traveling to try cannabis, do not purchase more than you think you will consume while there.  It is federally illegal to transport cannabis over state/country borders.  This includes all modes of transportation, including air.

California medical marijuana patients!! Although any resident can purchase cannabis for recreational use, having your medical recommendation allows for you to have access to stronger meds, to possess more, and o spend less than those who are purchasing for recreational use. Click here to get your California rec online today! New and renewals! New Yorkers, renewals and new certifications, click here to get yours online today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding the PEMF device that fits your needs

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Choosing a PEMF pain relief device is not an easy decision.  There are many things to consider when comparing PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic fields) devices.  How much will it cost? Does it address your needs? Will it fit your lifestyle?
Throughout the past two years I have shared how PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse has relieved most of my chronic pain, but how it has also addressed many other debilitating symptoms from my chronic illnesses.  Click here to read my progress from the beginning.  What you may not know is how PEMF therapy might benefit you.  I am including a plethora of third party reports detailing how PEMF therapy has been shown to improve specific diseases and symptoms.  Click here to access reports.  If that isn’t enough to convince you, you may want to check out PEMF – The Fifth Element of Health: Learn Why Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Supercharges Your Health Like Nothing Else! By Bryant A. Meyers

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies and Disneyability Group on Facebook.

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This book explains how the new science of PEMF therapy (a branch of energy medicine), based on modern quantum field theory, is the solution to this problem, with the many benefits listed below:
• eliminate pain and inflammation naturally
• get deep, rejuvenating sleep
• increase your energy and vitality
• feel younger, stronger, and more flexible
• keep your bones strong and healthy
• help your body with healing and regeneration
• improve circulation and heart health
• plus many more benefits
Click here to order PEMF – The Fifth Element of Health: Learn Why Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Supercharges Your Health Like Nothing Else! By Bryant A. Meyers in paperback or Kindle version.

Now let’s talk about the device!

As you know, I use Oska Pulse from Oska Wellness.  But did you know that there are other brands available too?  Below are some options, including Oska Pulse, to help you decide which product is best for you.

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1. Oska Pulse

Instead of just blocking pain, Oska Pulse works at the cellular level to provide longer term pain relief, increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve mobility.
Oska Pulse uses Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology to boost the body’s ability to repair injured cells. Oska Pulse does not need to be in direct contact with the skin to be effective and there is no tingling or sensitivity. 100% drug-free Oska Pulse is an FDA-registered alternative to opioids for the ongoing relief of back, knee, neck, joint, muscle and chronic pain. There are no known side effects and it cannot be overused. I run treatments anywhere between 4-10 hours a day, depending on my pain level and what symptoms I am addressing. Oska Pulse oscillates through a series of frequencies during its programmed 30-minute operation cycle. All frequencies are within the range of 1 -150Hz. The intensity of the PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) is approximately 0.9milliTesla, which is similar to the output of a television remote control.
Cons: Treatments only last 30 minutes. Device only has a 22 inch radius and works best within a 10 inch range, limiting the area of your body that is being treated at a time. Cannot treat shoulder and feet at the same time.
Pro:  The ten inch range can treat areas near the location you choose to treat. Click here to see demonstration. It comes with a strap to place device on your body so you can continue on with your life. I wear and run my device from the moment I wake up and until I go to bed. The device is portable and doesn’t have to be plugged in to use.  It can be used anywhere.  Oska Pulse is eligible for Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account reimbursement.  My discount code DIVA saves you $55 when you purchase via Oska Wellness’s site.
Cost:  $344 when purchased through Oska Wellness and you apply promo code DIVA at checkout. Click here to orderDiscount does NOT apply when you purchase at FSA or HSA stores.  However, you can still submit your receipts and be reimbursed later after purchasing from the Oska Wellness site.  Oska Wellness offers a payment plan of 3 easy payments.  Discount codes are cannot be applied to payment plan.
Click here to order with discount code DIVA  
or  $399 when purchased through Amazon.  Special promotion via Amazon: 6 Month Financing: For a limited time, purchase $149 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest if paid in full within 6 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here for details.
Click here to order from Amazon

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2. OMI Ring PEMF Therapy Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy System

 The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring is designed for use with extremities, joints, head or neck areas. It measures a little over 8 inches across in the center. It is not flexible and does not open. The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring provides a field strength between 20 and 70 Microtesla depending on the frequency being used.  The OMI PEMF Therapy Ring uses a square wave. The electromagnetic pulses on this device go towards the center of the ring which provide direct nerve and cell stimulation for specific or targeted areas. Since the pulses of this PEMF therapy ring go towards the center of the ring, it is NOT recommended for back areas as there is little effect outside the ring itself.
Con: The device is not flexible and cannot be used on backs.  It is not portable and must be plugged in while in use.
Pro: Received great reviews for helping with pain in feet, legs, arms, and neck. Qualifies for 6 month financing via Amazon Store Card. Click here for details.
Cost: $365
Click here to learn more about and/or order the Omi PEMF Therapy Ring

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3. The OMI PEMF Therapy Pad

This device is battery operated only. (4 AAA Batteries Included)  Some of the most common uses for the Pulse Pad include: Minor Pain Relief, Stress Relief, Reduced Inflammation and Increased Circulation. The OMI PEMF Therapy Pulse Pad is designed for use with any local body application.  It measures a little over 6 X 10 inches across in the center. It is soft but not flexible, provides a field strength between 20 and 30 Microtesla, and uses square wave. The pulses from this device are from the applicator side of the pad which provide direct nerve or cell stimulation for specific areas.
Con: Ongoing cost of replacing batteries. Not able to wear and go about your life.
Pro: Ability to take with you. Affordability.
Cost: $180  For a limited time, purchase $149 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest if paid in full within 6 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here for details.
Click here to learn more about and/or purchase the OMI PEMF Ring

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4. OMI Full Body Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy System

 The full body OMI PEMF Therapy Mat is used for assistance with a wide variety of health concerns that include: Pain Relief including Chronic Pain, Stress Relief, Reduced Inflammation, Increased Circulation, Better Sleep and many more. The OMI PEMF Therapy Mat is designed for full body use and measures 65 X 20 inches and has a quad fold design for compact storage. The OMI PEMF Therapy mat provides a field strength between 20 and 66 Microtesla depending on the frequency being used and it uses a square wave. It has 8 pure copper coils. These copper coils provide even pulsed electromagnetic fields to the whole body. The pulses from this device are from the top side of the mat which provide direct nerve and cell stimulation for the whole body.
Con: Not able to use on the go.
Pro: Folds easy for travel and storage. Receive treatment while you sleep.
Cost: $1,200
12 Month Financing: For a limited time, purchase $599 or more using the Amazon.com Store Card and pay no interest for 12 months on your entire order if paid in full in 12 months. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance is not paid in full within 12 months. Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to credit approval. Click here to apply.
Click here to lean more and/or to purchase the OMI PEMF

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5. MediCrystal Bio-magnetic Photon Amethyst Agate Mat

It may bring immediate soothing for joint, muscle and soft tissues pains and stiffness, reduce or eliminate arthritis, rheumatism, chemotherapy, lyme, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis symptoms, insomnia, sport trauma, minor strains and other conditions. The Midsize mat is easy to handle yet enough big for the whole body therapy.
Con: Not wearable.
Pro: Comes in two different sizes. Treats entire body while sleeping.  Click here to find out how to get a free pillow!
Cost: Mini 32″L x 20″W $449
Midsize 59″L x 24″W $845
Click here to learn more about this product and/or to purchase it.

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I credit PEMF therapy for getting me out of my wheelchair and onto my feet, but the truth is nothing would have helped had I not been willing and ready to make changes to my how I lived my life.  Find out what those changes were and be challenged to make your own in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life
Con: You will be told things that you may not be ready to hear.
Pro: Your life will improve when you begin making the changes I describe in the book.
Price $5
Click here to order and download your copy today!

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Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

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Make Pain Your Bitch

Has your chronic illness stolen the life you had? 

Have you put your dreams on hold?

Does having to spend days, weeks, or months recovering from an outing make you feel like a prisoner in your own home/body?

Are you ready to make pain your bitch?

What are you waiting for?

In my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life  I share the areas of my life that I needed to take ownership over and the changes that had to be made.  My book won’t cure you, but it will help you recognize what changes you need to make. Throughout the book I prompt you to examine your life, then I challenge you to make changes.

I haven’t been healed. Fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and endometriosis are NOT curable.  However, my daily pain continues to decrease, as does how often I flare, and the severity of my flares.  I have gone from leaving the house once or twice a month in a wheelchair and having to ride lying down in the back seat, because of pain that was so intense I couldn’t sit, stand, or walk for more than 5 minutes without wanting to pass out from it to living the life I live now.  What is that life?  I no longer need a wheelchair! I still use a walker for all day outings, but how often I need to use it continues to decrease.  I can drive myself anywhere I want!! I am no longer a prisoner of pain!! These improvements were unexpected.  They also weren’t necessary for me to begin living passionately and purposefully as I began thriving long before I regained my physical independence and you can too!

Chronic illnesses are not death sentences.  There is hope and it is possible to live a fulfilling and pleasurable life with less pain.  I began winning my battle with chronic pain six years ago and continue to improve. With that said, all of my physical improvements could disappear tomorrow and I would still love my life.  Why? Because I have learned to live passionately and purposefully no matter what my body throws at me.  I have learned to work with my diseases, instead of constantly battling them.

Do you want to dominate your chronic life?

You can begin dominating your chronic life for less than a venti Starbucks iced Macchiato!

Click here to download your copy today!

Share this post with your friends and family so we can all live purposefully and passionately despite our chronic pain!

 

Surviving a Heatwave and Excessive Temperatures with Fibromyalgia and PsA

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Thanks to my numerous alternative and natural treatments, I’ve been able to decrease and eliminate many flare-ups and daily symptoms that I have experienced from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.  This year I can add less downtime due to excessive heat and heatwaves to that list!! In fact despite a triple digit heatwave heading towards southern California, I was still able to go to Disneyland to celebrate Independence Day with my family.

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Until last year summer, excessive heat and heatwaves were responsible for triggering fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis flares that left me in bed for most of the summer instead of going to the beach or Disneyland.  Most days were spent lying in my bed or recliner praying for the pain to end.  Living in Arizona was the worst, because there wasn’t just an occasional heatwave, the entire summer was considered extreme heat. I rarely left the house during the summer and when I did, I was miserable. Living in California is so much better.  In fact, I experienced the difference long before I made changes to how I treated my chronic illnesses.  Triple digits are not common here and my body and I fell in love with the summer weather.  Although I was still getting knocked down from heatwaves, my body wasn’t being punished by the weather on a daily basis.

How excessive heat affected me

Excessive heat and heatwaves would completely knock me down.  I would experience extreme muscle and mental fatigue, joint/bone pain, muscle/joint inflammation,  increased nerve pain, swelling around my spine which would then shoot nerve pain not only down my legs but up through my neck and skull too. I would also experience inflammation around my skull. I would struggle to open my eyes and speak coherently. Forget sitting up, my entire world would spin out of control each time I tried.

These symptoms would often start as early as 3 days prior to the heatwave hitting or anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before. These flares would last until the pressure pushing in the heat began to decline. Depending on how long it took for the pressure to decrease, I would be knocked down for 2 to 5 days. There were times when I would be lucky to have one or two good days a month during the summer season. When living where my summer temperatures were considered extreme heat for over 3 months I was basically down that entire time.  I felt like my skin was on fire and as though it and my muscles were being pulled from my bones.  Imagine how it would feel to have someone take a screwdriver and attempt to pry them open, that is the pain that I was told I would never be able to escape.

How changing my treatment plan brought back my love of summer

In the past 6 years, since I began treating my conditions naturally and alternatively, the amount of time I spend in bed continues to decrease. In fact, in the past year the amount of time I have lost to a heatwave can be accounted for on one hand. Instead of losing a complete day though, I only lose portions.  I experience the symptoms in smaller degrees. For example the fatigue that used to plague me 24/7 throughout a heatwave, now only requires that I take a nap or two and/or that maybe I sleep in an hour or two later than normal and or go to bed an hour or two more than I prefer.  I am no longer tortured by uncontrollable nerve pain. My muscle/joint pain is minimal compared to what I used to deal with as I can still function for a good portion of the day without dealing with pain that used to bring tears to my eyes. Another perk is that I don’t have to medicate myself into a mental stupor to get that pain level down.

How I’m winning the battle

To begin winning I had to take ownership over my healthcare and accept that I, not my doctor is responsible for my health.  He/she can suggest and prescribe things, but I have the final say over what goes in and on my body.  Since what I had done for twelve years failed to help me it was time to make some changes.  Click here to find out what changes I made and click here to discover which symptoms I addressed first.  This is why I have been able to decrease the severity of my flares and symptoms in all realms, not just with heat waves. Now when I feel a heatwave, yes I  feel them and often way before the weatherman predicts them, I address my symptoms immediately. The moment I feel swelling in my hips and sacrum, I alternate icing the areas, running pemf treatments, and applying a topical CBD oil. The same goes for when I feel any pressure or inflammation  around my spine and neck. By keeping those areas happy and keeping the pressure, swelling, and pain from getting out of control is what has been helping me. I also try to see my chiropractor, because an adjustment also helps relieve some of the pressure around my spine that I’m unable to relieve myself. Throughout the day I need nothing besides ice my Oska Pulse and a topical CBD oil to get through the day.  I will smoke or vape medical marijuana before bed or a little earlier depending on  how drastically I was able to decrease the swelling and keep it under control. But this is nothing new as I have a little medical marijuana before bed every night to help with insomnia. Click here to find out all the different ways that PEMF therapy has been improving my life since November of 2016.

The gift that keeps on giving

My pain management plan is the gift that keeps on giving.  With each passing year and new addition or tweak to my plan,  my pain and severity of my chronic illnesses decreases and my life improves. Because of my winning combination I was able to go out yesterday,  even though we are expecting triple digits tomorrow! It is why I am able to work today instead of spending my entire day in bed.   I began feeling the symptoms from this impending heatwave on Sunday. That is also when I began addressing the symptoms.  I didn’t wait and allow them to get out of control, I addressed them immediately.  Because the methods  I use are effective for my body, I was able to celebrate the 4th of July with family at Disneyland.  It was the best Independence Day that I have had since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis in 2003.

What about you?

Did you get to celebrate the 4th with family or friends or were you home alone in bed praying for the pain to end?  Look back at your past year. How many social engagements did you have to cancel?  How many holidays did you have to stay home while your family went out? Does your chronic pain ruin plans and/or holidays for your spouse and children? Have you made changes to how you treat your chronic pain and the symptoms from your chronic illnesses that limit how much you are physically able to do? If not, why not? There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all pain management plan for any chronic illness including fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis. I am not saying that my plan is the best or even that it is the plan for you, I do however invite you to look at it to see if there isn’t something in my plan that could help you. I know you don’t enjoy having to cancel plans or spend the holidays in bed.  I know that because that was once me and I hated it.

If you are winning the Battle of excessive heat and your chronic illnesses I’d love to hear how you’re doing it. Be sure to share in the comments what you use, what you do, and how you are reclaiming your life. And as always if you have any questions about how I manage my chronic illnesses and my chronic pain and how I am winning my battle with them please ask.

 

Follow the following links to learn more

My pain management plan (which includes CBD and PEMF therapy)

Which symptoms I addressed first

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Fitness Buddies – This group is for those wanting to be accountable for the choices they make in regards to their health and body.

Alternative Pain Fighting Forum – This group is to learn about and share alternative and natural ways to fight chronic pain.

Ready to reclaim your life?

Purchase and download my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

 

 

Knocking out sinus pain with PEMF

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Are seasonal allergies preventing you from enjoying life?  Springtime blooms used to make me miserable.  Swollen/watery/itchy eyes, a stuffy/runny nose, and painful facial pressure left me with no other option other than to pop daily allergy pills.  Sometimes a second or third was needed, which left me drowsy or knocked me out completely.  That is until this year!

Fifteen months ago I began using PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse daily.  If you haven’t heard of it, Oska Pulse is a drug-free pain-relief device that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields.  Since I have reaped the benefits of pain-relief in regards to my chronic illnesses which include but are not limited to; fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, etc.  What I didn’t expect to experience was improvement in regards to my seasonal allergies.

PEMF therapy hasn’t cured me from my seasonal allergies.  Instead it has reduced the amount of inflammation that I experience.  In the past 15 months I have continually reduced the amount of allergy medication that I was taking.  Instead of taking one or more pills on a daily basis, this spring I have only needed one or three pills per month! When I feel my sinuses swelling I run one or more PEMF treatments on my face or forehead.  That alone is usually all I need to reduce the inflammation and pain. The longer I wait to treat, the more treatments I have to run.

To be able to reduce pain and inflammation without putting drugs into my system is a wonderful feeling.  I am not a doctor or scientist, I can’t explain how this device works.  What I can do is suggest that you click here to read about a study about PEMF therapy and sinusitis.  I also suggest that you click here to learn more about how PEMF therapy combats inflammation.  You may also follow my progress and see how all the different ways that PEMF therapy has improved my health and life by clicking here.

When you’re done checking out those reports and my experience, click here to visit my friends at Oska Wellness.  They can answer all of your questions!  Ooooh and don’t forget to enter promo code DIVA at checkout to save $55.

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is one part of my natural and alternative pain management plan.  Click here to learn how I have been winning the battle with my chronic illnesses.

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Chronic Pain Management: Is Cannabis the Better Option?

By Anna Wilcox

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Chronic back pain is one of the most common types of pain around the world.
Approximately 80 percent of individuals in the United States have chronic back pain.
In general, chronic pain can be debilitating. Not only does it limit mobility, but pain can have a significant impact on mental health and relationships. Yet, if interpersonal harms aren’t convincing enough, chronic pain comes with a heavy economic burden.
In general, pain conditions equate to an average productivity loss of $802 per person per year. Of that, back pain equates to losses of $329 per year. Unfortunately, chronic pain is also one of the most difficult symptoms to treat. Currently, opioid pain medications remain some of the most common treatments for chronic back pain.
Opioids are not only responsible for $78.5 billion in additional medical expenses each year, but over 183,000 Americans have died in the past 16 years from the prescription painkillers. Deaths from illicit opioids like heroin are not included in this statistic.

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How does cannabis work for chronic pain?

The need for safe and effective pain management treatments is one of the many reasons Mara Gordon of Aunt Zelda’s goes to work every day. Gordon is the founder of Aunt Zelda’s, a specialized cannabis extraction and dosing organization that has worked with more than 1,000+ cancer and pain patients. To help medical cannabis patients better understand how to use the plant for chronic pain, back pain, and nerve pain, Gordon shares her expertise in one of Green Flower’s most popular talks.
Normally, pain is a natural and helpful bodily response. Without pain signals, you would not be able to know that something is wrong with your body. It’s the reason why you’re able to move your hand away from a hot stove. “Chronic pain is different,” explains Gordon. “Chronic pain is where the pain itself becomes the disease. There is so much inflammation and memory in the nerves of what’s going on that no matter what you do, you feel pain.” Interestingly, it’s this inflammation and nerve memory that makes cannabis such a vital tool for chronic pain management.
The exciting part? We already know a great deal about WHY cannabis is so effective for chronic pain…

Why cannabis is key to chronic pain management

As Gordon articulates, there are five primary mechanisms that cannabis engages in order to heal chronic pain. The five mechanisms include:
1. The ability to blunt pain in the peripheral nervous system
2. Interruptions of pain signals in spinal cord nerves
3. Interruptions in chemical pain signals at the neuron level
4. Reduced inflammation
5. Improved mood and Reduced stress
These mechanisms all involve the way cannabis compounds (cannabinoids), like THC, engage cells in the body. THC is the primary psychoactive in cannabis. Cannabis compounds work by engaging specific cell receptors throughout the body. These receptors include the CB1 (cannabinoid receptor 1) and CB2 (cannabinoid receptor 2) cell sites. These receptors are abundant in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which are responsible for sending, receiving, and processing pain signals. By engaging these receptors, cannabinoids like THC actually block and lessen the pain signals sent and processed by the nervous system.  “This is actually a biological effect…It’s not masking the pain, it’s actually changing what’s happening in the physiology within your body,” Gordon says.
Further, Gordon suggests that one of the most controversial “side effects” of cannabis may be tremendously helpful to those experiencing chronic pain. Gordon suggests that the psychoactive nature of THC is more of a blessing to pain patients than a curse.
“The psychoactive, euphoric effects of THC can help you have a break from the pain,” Gordon explains. This is a major contrast to opioid pain medications, which have a depressant effect that can make patients feel moody, irritable, and generally unhappy.
“It also interrupts the short-term memory, which normally is not a good thing. But, when you are having a lot of pain, interrupting the short-term memory will mitigate the stress response and give you a respite from this experience of constant, ongoing pain.”
While THC tackles pain in several different ways, the non-inebriating CBD works in others.

How does CBD work for pain?

Unlike THC, CBD is a cannabis compound which does not cause the same psychoactive “high” found in cannabis products that contain THC. Still, however, CBD can enhance mood, promote energy, and ease stress and anxiety. “CBD is such a powerful anti-inflammatory that it is 30 to 50 times more powerful than your standard hydrocortisone,” explains Gordon. “It gives tremendous relief the same way as a steroid and even more powerfully, but,” says Gordon, “without the bonus of a shut-down adrenal system, because cannabis does not shut down your adrenal system.” The adrenal system is responsible for manufacturing stress hormones, which help you respond appropriately to stressful situations and also play a role in managing the sleep-wake cycle.
In this sense, CBD can be used as a valuable replacement for anti-inflammatory drugs often taken by patients with chronic pain conditions like arthritis and old injuries.
Regular use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs is also associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and stomach ulcer, two major side effects that CBD and other cannabis medicines avoid.

How to get maximum pain relief with cannabis?

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PEMF Therapy is Freaking Fantastic and a Few Other “F” Words!

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PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse from Oska Wellness is FREAKING FANTASTIC!  There are also a few other “F” words I use when describing the pain relief and improvements from this beautiful blue device.

 

 

Foot Loose and Fancy Free

I have suffered from excruciating pain in my feet since 1999 because of psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia.  Before I began treating my conditions with PEMF therapy the only shoes that didn’t increase my pain were a few pairs of flip flops, Crocs, and loose slippers.  So much for looking elegant, especially in the winter!! Approximately two and a half months after I began using my Oska Pulse daily for 6-8 hours the pain in my feet disappeared!!! It is amazing to be able to wear fashionable shoes again!! But the most remarkable thing is the pain relief.  Prior to using Oska Pulse I felt like the bones in my feet were crumbling with every step.  My feet ached and throbbed all the time.  There were times when I felt like I was scraping my bones across the pavement.  Tears fill my eyes whenever I think about the pain.  And tears of joy trickle down my cheek as I walk across the grocery store without any pain.  PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse has made me foot loose and fancy free.  I am walking more and farther than what I had been capable of in the past 7 years!

 

Focus

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse has brought focus to my life.  Less pain equates to less time having to think about my body, pain, and the repercussions of doing what I want.  PEMF therapy also promotes a better sleep! The combo of less pain and achieving a restorative sleep level every night frees my mind to concentrate on important things.  I am able to concentrate on work, family, friends, my home, and saving my leg from a dangerous dinosaur.

Family

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse means more time and energy to spend with family.  It’s getting together for a day at the beach and not having to cut it short because of a pain spike.  It’s going to Disneyland and not needing a nap.  It’s being able to focus on what my family and I are talking about and not having pain scream over their voices.

Freedom

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is freedom!! Pain free feet make it possible to drive myself and not have to rely on others to get me around.  The ability to focus makes it possible for me to concentrate on the cars around me instead of rushing to get home because of a ridiculously high pain level.  It’s freedom from always having to use my wheelchair or walker.  It has provided the freedom to do the things that I had been waiting to do.

Feeling

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is feeling.  Feeling what it is like to live with less pain and in some cases no pain.  I am not 100%, but I have experienced various levels of relief in some areas and complete elimination of pain in others.  The longer I continue treating my chronic illnesses with Oska Pulse, the greater my improvements become.  Imagine no longer feeling pain in your back from arthritis or degenerative disc disease?  I have suffered from intense pain in my spine every day since 2011.  My spine felt like it was going to snap in half after standing for just a few short minutes.  I could feel bones scraping against each other. Abdominal adhesions were strangling and pulling my bowels and bladder. That pain is gone as well as the GI and urinary symptoms that accompanied it.  Nothing my doctors prescribed ever helped.  I was told I was as good as I would ever be. But they were wrong! In less than 3 months Oska Pulse addressed each of those areas and eliminated or reduced my pain levels!  This is after 6 years of pain in my back and 14 years of pain in my abdomen.  Oska Pulse is about feeling physically better than I have ever felt since my chronic life began.  It’s about feeling well enough to not always have to use the handicap entrances to the rides at Disneyland.  It is about feeling alive and hopeful for a fabulous future.

Friend to friend

What are you waiting for? I may be an affiliate with Oska Pulse, but that isn’t why I am always sharing information about their product.  I share my experience because it works.  I share because I too believed my doctors when they said nothing could be done.  I share because I want others to experience the relief I have.  I want all of my friends to be foot loose and fancy free, to be focused on their passions, to spend time with family, to enjoy the freedom of being independent again, and last but not least to experience for themselves how good pain relief without surgery or prescription drugs can feel.

I would buy everyone I know one of these gorgeous glowing blue beauties if I could, but I can’t.  However, I can save you $55 when you use promo code DIVA at checkout. It is also eligible to be deducted from your FHA and HSA accounts.  Oska Wellness offers a 30 day money back guarantee.  In addition each device comes with a one year warranty which can be upgraded to a two year warranty for free when you register your device on their website.  Need to make payments? You can do that by paying with PayPal’s payment plan.  Still not sure? Take a look at my progress in my Oska Pulse series.  Join my alternative pain fighting forum to learn more or feel free to message me with your questions.

Are you ready to begin your Oska Pulse Journey?

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You have nothing to lose except pain!

****UPDATE****

It has been a year since I wrote this post and PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse still continues to improve my health, pain level, and life!!! I have completely retired my wheelchair and only use my rollator when I will be spending my day on my feet.

 

 

 

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