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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.

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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

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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.

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Cannabis is the devil’s lettuce and other reasons people give for not trying it for chronic pain relief

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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.

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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.
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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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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.

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The Opioid Crisis and Your Pain Relief Options

 

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The Opioid Crisis and Your Pain Relief Options

Do you live with chronic pain?  Chances are that you have either at one time in your chronic life taken opioids or currently depend on them to deal with pain.  With doctors being pressured more now than ever to either not prescribe or greatly reduce how much they prescribe opioids for pain relief, chronic pain patients are finding it harder to get the pain relief they desperately need.

As my long time followers may already know, I ditched prescription pain pills in 2012 and began seeking alternative forms for relief.  If you didn’t know this about me, SURPRISE!  Before I go on I want to make it very clear that I am not anti-medication, there are some medications that are necessary and can be life saving.  However, there are also many  that cause more problems than what they do good.  Also note that I am not judging anybody who does rely on prescription narcotics to get through the day, because that was the only option I had for the first 12 years of my chronic life.  I get it.  I also know the shame and frustration of having to ask and beg doctors for a prescription.

Receiving an acceptable amount of pain medication had never been a problem for me until 2010.  It was at this point that point that my doctors began feeling the pressure to limit how much they were prescribing and having to justify who and what they were prescribing them for.  Since mine were needed for pain related to fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and endometriosis, my doctors suddenly refused to prescribe narcotics unless I agreed to go back on the medications that had been approved for my conditions, medications that instead of helping me had made me sicker.  Prior to that my doctor prescribed more than enough for me to stay ahead of the pain and to get me through my most painful flares.  Not that it really helped because I couldn’t take the amount I really needed without flying higher than a kite or breaking out in hives.

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In 2012 I had had enough.  I was done begging for pain relief.  I was done pushing through pain I didn’t need to in order to save my pills for a really bad day.  The worst part about having to ration my pain pills like that was that I could never get ahead of my pain, I was always 100 steps behind.  This also meant that my pills were basically useless when a severe flare hit, because the amount I would have needed to relieve or reduce my pain to an acceptable level would have killed me.  So I began looking at other options.  In my quest to find alternative ways to reduce my pain and treat my diseases, I sought methods that I wouldn’t have to rely on my doctor or insurance company to receive.

Note that I am not a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice.

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Finding real relief with CBD

Prescription pain medications only masked my pain.  They didn’t improve my condition, in fact they actually made me sicker than I was.  I never had urinary tract infections until I began treating my pain with them on a daily basis in 2003.  Soon after I began getting UTI’s 4-6 times a year.  Kidney stones also became a problem after several years.  At the time my doctors wanted to label me with new illnesses. But as they and I both have witnessed in the past 5 years that wasn’t the case at all, since I stopped taking opioids for pain relief I haven’t had one UTI or kidney stone.  No longer suffering from painful side effects made it easier for me to address my real level of pain caused by my chronic illnesses.  Living in California where medical marijuana is legal and affordable I decided to give it a try.

Medicating with medical marijuana (MMJ) was and still is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Not every friend or family member agreed with my choice at the time, but I didn’t care.  Funny thing is that those who were opposed quickly changed their tunes after witnessing my improvements not just with pain relief but with my conditions as well.  MMJ reduced my inflammation so significantly (70% less!)  that my doctor’s jaw dropped when he saw me just three weeks after I began using it.  Because he is under pressure from pharmaceutical companies he admitted that he would never prescribe it.  However, he did say that he was amazed by how it was helping me in ways beyond just reducing or relieving pain and that I should continue doing what I was.  And so I did.  My good days continued to get better and my bad days weren’t as bad as they had been during my first 12 years.

Not everybody has access to medical marijuana.  It’s either not legal where they live or their state government has ridiculous limitations on who has access and what forms they may use it in.  But you don’t have to live in a medical marijuana approved state or move to California or Colorado to experience the benefits of CBD.  CBD oil is legal and available in all 50 states.  The difference between CBD oil and MMJ is that CBD oil alone does not have the psychoactive effects that MMJ does.

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Drug Free Pain Relief

I first began using Oska Pulse last fall to combat reoccurring knee pain.  Then earlier this year I began to experience real relief from all of my chronic issues when I committed to using it on a daily basis.  Oska Pulse uses pulsed electromagnetic fields which mimics the natural electric signals produced by the body to promote recovery.  Oska Pulse does not mask pain, it actually addresses it.  The improvements I have experienced have been astonishing.  My doctors had said that many of my symptoms and conditions would never improve.  They were right, if I had continued to follow their pain management plan I wouldn’t have improved.  Thanks to Oska Pulse my psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia are better managed and wreaking less havoc in my life than ever before.  Blown away by my results I began documenting my treatment and have been sharing it with my readers.  Click here to read my series.

Like any new treatment, I had to commit to using Oska Pulse daily and be patient.  Some improvements occurred quickly while others took months.  While I had to wait several months to experience full relief from my lower back pain, it was totally worth it as it is no longer a daily issue.  I am also able to focus my treatment on other areas of my body and spend less time on the areas that used to be my worst.

Oska Pulse comes with a band that allows you to wear your device and go about your life while treating your pain and conditions.  I use mine at home, at the grocery store, in the car, and yes even at Disneyland.

Oska Pulse gave me a new lease on life.  Are you ready to try something new?  Are you done masking your pain?  Do you want real relief?  Then check out Oska Pulse!

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Cooking with Marijuana: Trial and Error

Cooking with Marijuana Trial and Error

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The one hit wonder strikes again!!!  Check out my post One Hit Wonder to read about my cooking, or should I say lack of cooking skills.  As I mentioned last month, I started cooking with marijuana.  I did this for two reasons.  The first is that it is much cheaper to make my own edibles rather than purchasing premade ones.  My second reason is that by making my own I can be sure they don’t contain ingredients that I am allergic or sensitive to.  At first I began by replacing butter with the canna butter when making a quesadilla or when frying ravioli. But I really wanted to try my hand at candies, so I would have homemade meds to take along when I was away from the house.

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Last month I came across a recipe on Pinterest for caramels using canna butter.  I had never made caramels before and was a little nervous.  Surprisingly, they turned out great!  Each piece provided plenty of MMJ and was delicious.  I would throw a baggie filled with my meds in my purse when leaving the house.  They were just as convenient and discreet to use as the premade edibles that I have purchased from my dispensaries.  Because they were so easy to store, carry with me, and to make, I figured that I would make them again this month.

Well…….. I thought they were easy to make!  I honestly don’t know what I did wrong.  I followed the recipe just as I did last time.  But for some reason this time my mixture never reached the point of firming properly.  It firmed a little bit, but not enough to cut into square dosages.  Feeling frustrated and annoyed at the amount of marijuana that this batch contained, I was not going to give up it.  I let it sit for a few more hours.

Well, this batch did not produce the caramels that I had expected.  However, I refused to let this batch go to waste and suddenly was hit with a great idea.  So what if I didn’t have caramels, I had a nice smooth and creamy caramel sauce!!!!  It is fabulous for dipping strawberries and bananas in, but my favorite way to medicate with it is to add it to my iced coffee!

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Medicated caramel sauce

The only thing I can think of that was different when cooking my caramels this time was the weather.  It was a warm day with low humidity when I made my first batch.  On the day that I created caramel sauce, it was a cooler day and very humid.  I don’t know if weather can affect how this recipe turns out or not.  I would love to hear from anyone who has made caramels (medicated or not).

Do you cook with marijuana?  Do you prefer using canna butter, canna oil, or a tincture when cooking?  What are some of your favorite recipes?

Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs and many reasons to smile,

The Disabled Diva

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Trying out a new dispensary can be nerve wracking.  No two are alike.  Nor do they all carry the same products.  This means I either have to try something new or waste precious energy to go to another.  I will be honest by saying that I don’t always welcome change, but have learned that sometimes being forced to try something new isn’t always a bad thing.  IMAG0636_1

A few weeks ago I visited a dispensary that didn’t carry my beloved Cheeba Chews.  I began to panic because I love my Cheeba Chews and I have  medicating with them down to a science.  My anxiety lessened after they showed me a similar product, SensiChew.  SensiChew Insomnia is comparable to an Indica Cheeba Chew.  The difference is that there is more THC content than in the Cheeba Chew and they have added Melatonin.  The added Melatonin makes falling to sleep and staying asleep longer possible.  I am a side sleeper who flips from side to side all night long to keep my muscles from feeling hard and sore throughout the night and in the morning.  With a SensiChew I only wake to use the bathroom.  My sleep flipping has decreased.  I can tell because whatever shoulder I was last laying on will be sore when I awake, but the pain goes away once I stretch it out.  I am sleeping deeper and more soundly.  Who wouldn’t love that??!!

My only complaint with SensiChew is that because it makes me sleepy, it makes daytime use inconvenient.  Cheeba Chews relax my muscles and keep me calm without knocking me out.  For sleep I give SensiChew two thumbs up!!  If you are looking for a marijuana edible that will have the Sand Man visiting every night, then give SensiChew Insomnia a try!

Gentle Hugs,

The Disabled Diva

I did not receive this product in exchange for a review.  It is a product that I purchased myself and am sharing my thoughts about it.

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