I love reading how those of us that turn to cannabis for medical need will inevitably need to increase consumption levels over time to maintain the maximum effect. According to some, we become addicted and may even turn to hard drugs due to this exposure to cannabis. Somehow that sure didn’t happen to me or others I have known to utilize cannabis for medical need through the years!
So, if this is so true, then could someone explain why I have, since beginning use in 2007, been able to instead reduce the amount needed to accomplish sleep and pain relief? I started cannabis immediately as an oil form since smoking with Sarcoidosis could be fatal, according to my pulmonologist. I converted the product into night oil, taken one hour before bed. I was pleasantly amazed that the first night of trying this method, that I accomplished a full night of sleep. At that time, my pain level was high, and many corrective surgeries were on the horizon. It took four teaspoons to accomplish the needed help. But now that I have successfully been through twenty-four surgeries, I have found the dose to be too high. Today, it only takes one teaspoon to achieve the same positive results.
Unfortunately, many patients, who might benefit from the use of medical cannabis, remain fearful of turning to it, due to the promotion of misinformation. People, through poor education, are not able to understand the reasonable use of this plant. Some scare tactics out there are damaging the chances for some of those in need, for considering trying cannabis as a possible relief. If I listened to them, too, I would most likely not even be alive today. I happen to have a body unable to metabolize aspirin, Tylenol and all opiates. Living with both EDS and Sarcoidosis that are both presently incurable, didn’t leave me with many options for pain relief. How sad it is to give false information and hurt others for trying this as an alternative. And I would have been one of those listening to that false information, had I had other options to turn to. That is why I must speak out to hopefully open the eyes of so many being misguided by others fears.
The way I use cannabis is private, activates while sleeping and then keeps the body calm into the next day. Thus, for me, there is rarely a need to take medications during the day. I happened to stumble onto a magical way for me to use it. I can travel easily with my oil. People are looking for dry product, not a sleeping pain relief oil. I am including the link to how we create this just in case someone reading this would like to give it a try.
But remember, read carefully how to administer it, for if you jump to a high dose due to your level of pain, you will not like the sensation. The key is to slowly introduce it to your body, increasing in small amounts nightly until you have accomplished a full night of sleep and are not waking up groggy. If that happens, don’t panic and let it wear out of your system and then decrease that dose the next night. If you get the sleep and wake up refreshed, then stop at that dose.
I am now sixty-nine and a proud user of cannabis. I speak out, take on negative comments when I write about it but keep using my voice for, I know this can be an answer for many out there. I am not pushing this on anyone but instead telling you my truth and hoping to open other eyes to this as an alternative to other medications. America For Safe Access (ASA) has submitted a bill to Congress looking for sponsors, that would make cannabis, like now thirty-one other countries, a right to all. We need to stop fighting state by state for qualifying conditions to include and allow our doctor-patient relationship to be determinative in the utilization of this medication just any other medication is prescribed. return on this topic too. No one should have to hear how this helps me here in RI and live a state where they either have no program or aren’t able to qualify with their medical issues.
May life be kind to you,
Ellen Lenox Smith
Author of: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have a Good Life, Anyway, and My Life as a Service Dog!
The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of National Pain Report.