No One Is Trying to Push Cannabis Onto You

No One Is Trying to Push Cannabis Onto You

By Ellen Lenox Smith. 

In 2007, when my pain doctor suggested that I try cannabis for pain relief, I thought that he was nuts. I had never considered utilizing cannabis as a legitimate medical treatment for my condition, for having experimented once with cannabis in college as a recreational drug, my experience with cannabis was not enjoyable and perhaps a bit frightening. As a result of this experience, the notion never crossed my mind that cannabis might possibly prove effective as an treatment for any of the symptoms of my medical conditions. Like so many in society, my perceptions of cannabis were all framed by the use of cannabis as an illegal recreational drug.

Ellen Lenox Smith

I consider myself to be so fortunate and grateful to those who have pioneered and promoted the legitimate medical properties of this medication. I was trying to cope with the progression of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue defect, along with sarcoidosis. However, all that changed when I gained the confidence to secure some dry product. I  converted  the dry cannabis into an oil to take at night, and suddenly found this to be my miracle, allowing for restorative rest and a sense of emotional and physical tranquility which also allowed for reduction of other medications. My experience with medical cannabis has proven to be life altering. I still experience unpleasant physical symptoms but cannabis has enhanced the quality of my life immeasurably. I promote the medical use of cannabis as I am convinced that as I write these words, patients  are suffering unnecessarily due to fear of cannabis or lack of access to the medication. My experience converted me to an active proponent of the medical efficacy of cannabis. That is why I felt I had to speak out in hopes that maybe other long suffering patients may find encouragement from my words and try seeking relief from any number of conditions which cannabis has found to be effective in treating.

However, every time I write any article about cannabis, I get a response or two about how I need to stop “pushing this on others”. I am sorry some see this as being my platform to do that. I, instead, see this as a responsibility to my fellow man to share my truth of what this plant has unexpectedly done to give me some quality of life back in ways I thought were gone for good. I sleep and am alive due to using cannabis. So, why would I not want to share what I learned after being so suspicious about using it, in case someone else out there suffering, would also benefit?

So what is it about my use of cannabis that wants me to continue to speak out?

  • I now sleep with a simple tsp of oil taken at night mixed with a little food. Before that, I would be awake most of the night. I believe that irregardless of any patient’s condition, healthy restorative sleep may, as in my case, prove to be the most critical element in any effective treatment plan. Without a decent night’s sleep, our capacity to cope well the next day and feel positive about life, diminishes exponentially. Prior to my embracing cannabis as my medication of choice, there was nothing that was giving me relief nor support my body to rest in a healthy and natural manner.
  • I used this socially once in college and hated the feeling after sharing a joint with some friends. I spent that rest of the afternoon in bed feeling like I was going in and out of sodium pentathol. Yet I discovered that if you have a body of pain one’s is not the same as a recreational user. Those using it for pain relief get just that, unless they take a dose too excessive for their body.
  • Society has taught us that cannabis is a schedule one dangerous drug. This is the reason I laughed at my pain doctor initially! To think he was sending me home to try some cannabis that I had been taught is bad for me. Yet, I had enough respect for this doctor to listen and try it, despite the huge red flags in my mind. Added to his decision was the fact that I was so exhausted from not sleeping and trying to cope with daily pain. Thank goodness I caved in and tried it for I now realize, Society got this information wrong! Although this may not be your match, there are others out there, like me, that could be gaining.
  • It breaks my heart to see others suffering. When you have a treatment which might offer some relief, I believe sharing is worth the exposure and judgement. If just one person can gain from something I discovered to work for me, then I feel the exposure and sometimes judgement is worth the efforts, thus I advocate for its use.
  • So many with health issues are suddenly confronted with numerous medications to take. Unfortunately, they also find that there can be side effects to have to cope with. Cannabis can possibly help to reduce the need, in time, for some of these medications, if not even eliminate them, depending on what is being taken. If there is a chance of reducing your medications and their side effects, then sharing about using cannabis is worth it!
  • Maybe, just maybe, this can be something for you to consider trying to help with your medical issues. If your medication is working, then enjoy what you have found and may society continue to let you have access to your magic. But if you are still searching for your answer for relief, you might want to consider this option.

So, yes, I will continue to work on educating about the changes of my life turning to cannabis, despite my initial hesitancy of trying it myself. If at the age of now sixty-eight, I was so concerned to try this, I know there are many, like me, out there. Please remember, I am not pushing cannabis on anyone but instead sharing how this has changed my life for the good and only wish that others could also benefit with its use.

May you live in a state that allows this choice and have the courage to give it a try and that you, too, might find a calmer life from the pain you are trying to cope with, minus those side effects.

May life be kind to you,

Ellen Lenox Smith

Interested in how to make the oil? Feel free to contact me at https://ellenandstuartsmith.squarespace.com/contact-us/ and I will send the directions to you.

Ellen Lenox Smith is an activist for the expansion of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain and is also a Board Member of the US Pain Foundation. Her opinions are her own and don’t necessarily reflect US Pain Foundation or other organizations she works with.

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Heather

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I have my own reasons for not wanting to use marijuana and I’m sure there will be counters to each reason I were to give, but in the end, it’s a personal decision. I get wary of when people find their “miracle drug” and think everyone should try it. If it works, great. You’re happy… I’m happy for you.

And I have something that is working for me. So… be happy for me. If you get the itch to say more, to go further, you’re not respecting me.

Share information, by all means, but the same phrase that nana quoted also struck me as obnoxious. You’re not pushing, but… yes. Yes, you are.

So, take a moment to recognize that we’re fighting a battle to preserve access to treatments that work for us and that options are important. My body is not your body. Your body is not my body. The way I respond to meds may be different.

I’ll say one thing – I’m allergic to all kinds of substances. Food, medicine, clothing, pollen… Like, legit, IgE-tested allergic. Some things that get this halo for being “natural” are bad news for me. I have other reasons that others probably relate to as well, but I’m waiting for someone to tell me, “Oh, I’ve got all kinds of allergies and I do fine with medical marijuana.” Yeah, great. Whatever.

Things that make you go “UGH.”

Heather

nana made some good points. I think the author should also understand and respect that some of us are doing well on opioids and are fearful of having our options limited by our physicians. With the pressures our doctors face about dispensing opioids, it only makes sense that at some point, they’re not going to present patients with options or pay attention to what’s worked in the past for patients… Medical marijuana could easily be the default… the ONLY option. Frankly, I think it’s in our best interests not to back just our preferred treatment but to advocate for options.

I’ve already been called a “pill popper” because I didn’t want to try kratom. Some of the “my treatment is better than yours” folks really need to chill. We’re all in pain, okay? We don’t have to marginalize each other.

I went to the dentist over the weekend… I never asked for pain meds, didn’t even need numbed for the work he was doing, but he randomly started talking about this book he’s reading. It’s a fiction book about a small town in Ohio… something about the impact of drugs on the town. He quoted me statistics on the drug epidemic. He’s working in my mouth and as I get a break, I tell him that the statistics include people on street drugs and people who use a pain pill, mix it with anti-anxiety pills and chase them with alcohol. I told him I was reluctant to use opioids to begin with and that I used Tylenol to try to avoid using opioids until I got a rebound (analgesic) headache and could barely lift my head off the couch. I told him that my doctor said to use my prescription and that if I use it only as prescribed, I’d not be addicted. I told him I still respect the medication and if I don’t need a dose, I don’t take it. I had mentioned my health issues – widespread arthritis, cervical spondylosis, disc problems, fibromyalgia… (I left a few out for the sake of “not sounding like I’m complaining” Ugh).

I guess all he heard was back problems… and he wanted to get to the same end destination no matter what. He said he heard that opioids aren’t good for back problems. He suggested medical marijuana. Being that I didn’t mention pain meds at the appointment at all, I was frustrated that my dentist seemed determined to give me unsolicited pain management advice. But, whatever.

Julia Heath

Thank you for sharing your positive experience! People who are defensive about it being “pushed” on them make me wonder why they’re so overly sensitive to a suggestion given in the context that it was helpful to you. When something is pushed, it’s saying “you have no choice” – and obviously they do have a choice! As in, a choice not to read the article if they disagree with it. It’s not something I use at this time but it may be in the future, as I’m not opposed to the medical and responsible use of it. I think people forget that this doesn’t include THC, which is what gives the the street drug Marijuana its hallucinogenic and other psychotropic properties.

nana

“…However, every time I write any article about cannabis, I get a response or two about how I need to stop “pushing this on others”.

The following is Pushing:” I am sorry some see this as being my platform to do that. **I, instead, see this as a responsibility to my fellow man to share my (YOUR) truth of what this plant has unexpectedly done to give me some quality of life back in ways I thought were gone for good. I sleep and am alive due to using cannabis. So, why would I not want to share what I learned after being so suspicious about using it, in case someone else out there suffering, would also benefit?…”***

There are a plethora of articles such as yours but studies show only 10% of users – use it medically. So those 10% of you who find it helps are flooding the patients who do not want to use it/legislature to get it legalized..with likewise articles. So why do you suppose you keep being asked/told that?.. You and many thousands of others have done your duty.

I have tried it. You cannot quantify it. It has a BIG half life. I don’t like it please back off.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INCREASE WILDLY IN STATES THAT ALLOW IT AND IN SURROUNDING STATES.

Maureen M.

Hi Ellen, I am sorry that you have had to deal with the feelings of others who disagree with you. I love your educational writings and have never felt that you were pushing it on anyone, but we’re simply informing and teaching others what you have experienced and there is nothing wrong with that! So, kudos to you!
I dream about a day where I can try it.
I love all of the readers’ previous comments!
My state of Fla. has approved it but my county has not, yet. Therefore my pain doc is not on board with it either :-(.
If I am caught trying it I will be discharged from his practice!
I did ask him last month if I can experiment with CBD oil and he said yes, as long as THC doesn’t show up in my urine test.
I’d also like to try Kratom but have no idea where pain folks out there buy it??
No one very answers that question when I ask.
But, if ever I’m allowed to try MM..you will be the 1st person I turn to for help with it! Thank you and your husband for being out there for us all! Maureen

Steven

Maybe I’m missing something here but not my doctor or any doctor I’ve ever heard of in the United States lets you use cannabis and opiates. It’s either one or the other. Come up positive on your urine test and you get one warning and then you get tapered and dropped or just flat-out dropped. Even with a medical marijuana card it does you no good for this reason. I would love to give it a try. Maybe I will after my next urine test. I can’t make it on 232 mm me much less 90 m m e like is happening. As depressing as it is it looks like I’m just flat done. I hope all you people are happy with your change that you voted for 9 years ago. You sure got it

Loretta Sharp

None of my doctors have suggested cannabis to me. They have left me out in the wind blowing in the breeze. They have no help for me for my pain they will not give me opioids or anything at all. Except Tylenol maybe tram at all if I squeeze it out of him them. But I don’t use their medicines. They all have bad side effects and cannabis is much better for me. It is helping me with my sleep. I’m trying to get it regulated to help me with my pain now. Any further discussions about this would be greatly appreciated and thank you Ellen Smith for you a great article.

Mark Ibsen MD

This article is true. I couldn’t believe it either. I’ve seen over 1,000 patients who gained great benefit from cannabis. I’m a believer now.

Sharon

Cindy Deim, please call various pain management doctors in your area to find one that will accept you while using MM. Many now realize that for a while, both MM and pain meds need to work together to get the best effects and gradually wean you off of opioids and such.
I had no problem at all finding a new pain management doctor. One of the first questions I asked prior to making an appointment was if the accept patients who are currently using MM. Most of the doctors offices I called said that it was fine.

Cindy Deim

I too believe cannabis can help people. I would like to use it. However, if you go to a pain clinic that does urine tests on you, you will be kicked out if cannabis shows up. How ridiculous is that, when Colorado it is legal. I could drink a bottle of wine if I wanted to. But God forbid I get some sleep with cannabis. Instead, I use all these drugs that aren’t good for me.
What is wrong with this picture?

Susan L.

What a good post.

After MUCH wheedling, cajoling, and nagging from me, my husband was recently given the green light by his movement disorder specialist to try cannabis to treat his dystonia (he also suffers from severe ankylosing spondylitis, ME/CFS, and TBI left over from a bout of HSE a decade ago); he’s tired of being hooked on Klonopin (benzos create a HORRIBLE physical dependence) and none of the other meds work well or have debilitating side effects.

My husband is in his 50s and is a lifelong member of the LDS Church (Mormon). He’s always taken great pride in the fact that he’s never used ANYTHING recreationally: not alcohol, not any sort of drug, no cigarettes, nor even a cup of coffee. That, along with the lifetime of anti-cannabis propaganda Americans have been exposed to for generations, made it a tough sell, but after his neurologist’s approval, I finally got him to try it.

After some experimentation (I did/do all the preliminary research and the purchasing, and I was practically starting from scratch myself) with strains and delivery methods (no smoking…after all, we’re Mormon 😉), we found a product—a high-THC edible mint—that works like a CHARM! It gives him tremendous relief from his dystonia symptoms (it’s practically miraculous, like the videos you see of kids with seizure who get Charlotte’s Web), it helps extend the pain relief he gets from the very few opiates he’s still allowed, and he has actually slept deeply for the first time since we’ve been married (27 years this summer). Best of all, he’s been able to decrease his Klonopin intake by TWO-THIRDS! He’s been at a sub-therapeutic dose for a while now, and we’re continuing the long weaning-off process. He hopes to be done with the Klonopin within the next 12 months (fingers crossed!), and he plans to use cannabis exclusively to control his dystonia (and for the other issues, too). Fortunately, he requires a MUCH lower dose to treat the dystonia than is needed for sleep, so if we can figure out a good way to obtain a long-acting, very low dose, he’d be able to use it during work hours and be much better off than he’s been using the Klonopin.

I feel very fortunate to have another treatment option for my husband. We had all but given up hope.

Mist

Thank You I pray that someday sooner rather than later because high suicide rates in Wisconsin due to undertreatment to nontreatment of pain that MMj will become legally ava. to Patients . It is said that Governor Scott Walker is the reason a MMJ bill will not pass even with 51% of Wisconsinites approval for it’s use for medical.
I guess people in pain can make the choice at election time if this is an important enough treatment for pain.

Rich Reifsnyder

Rich R. I live in the wonderful state of NJ and have a MM Card,I bought two ounces of different strains of MM.I must say it does take the edge off my back pain and anxiety.Also I get the Munchies Bad and I want to kick back on my bed and watch my 55 inch TV and can’t get anything accomplished.I would just like to continue to take the oxycodone for my chronic lower back pain,it takes away my pain and I can get things done,until 2016 when PM decreased my dosage more then half from 160 mg/day to 60 mg/day.That is why I got my MM card,I have something I can fall back on if PM decreases my oxycodone dose any more or cut off entirely.AG Sessions wants to make MM illegal like CDC/FDA with Kratom.What is next baby aspirin and excederan.AG Sessions wants you to suck it up and get a hug.At the Whitehouse the primary house doctor “The Candyman”as they called him was handing everything out from A to Z,no checkup,no scripts,no documentation Ambien,Xanax,Pain Meds etc.Maybe from the President down,all should take urine tests,and pill counts,if documented,and everything under the sun we go through.Dr.Jane Babin PHD asked the CDC some technical questions about what drugs were in the deceased system at time of death,besides opioid medication and the CDC official Dr. Dowell said the “questions couldn’t be answered in a definitive manner based on available data”.The CDC/DEA and PROP know it’s Heroin and Pills Laced With Fentanyl that is causing all these OD deaths.The CDC/DEA,the News Media Are calling everything under the sun Opiod Medication Addiction,when the real culprit is heroin/pills laced with fentanyl coming from China through Mexico.
Millions of usCPP,S knew this all along.Dr.Jane Babin made Dr.Dowell from the CDC look like a total incompetent idiot with not a clue what is going on with the CDC Guidelines and Real up to date data on this whole issue.The CDC looks like the 3 stooges attempting to perform brain surgery.God Help Us CPP,S

I live in South Carolina and it is illegal here. I wish it was legal, as I have read they now can grow cannabis for different ailments. I stopped taking narcotics 11/2 years ago. It wasn’t hard for me, except my pain was not being treated anymore. I have since turned to Kratom as a supplement. It helps. I don’t believe your pushing anything just trying to educate and help. I’m now tapering cymbalta, ugh! I don’t have fibromyalgia thank goodness, my doctor thought back then if I was taking narcotics then I needed to be on Lyrica or cymbalta. Lyrica just made me a zombie so I got stuck with cymbalta. What an idiota. I don’t see him anymore thank goodness.
I am so concerned for people with chronic pain, because of the environment. The suicide rates are increasing. Pain is the 4th vital sign and effects all the other. I’m happy you have found a solution and your Doctor is smart. I don’t understand why medical cannabis is not legal in all states. I would definitely try it until I found the right one. I, like you tried it back in the day and did not like it. Everything about cannabis has changed now. It’s amazing! I can’t sleep or eat because of the pain and my weight is dropping. I’m not over weight so this doubly bad for my bones. Keep speaking out, I’m behind you all the way!

Cary Cassell

Thank you for the info glad you’ve found some natural relief. Your right that some are scared to try this as my mother was to afraid to try it when she was dying of cancer after a dr and some friends suggested it. It is a shame some of us do not live in a place where it is a accessible option this needs to change. I have had one of my drs suggest it for me and found it helpful. Yet due to my states backward corrupted government I can’t use it for fear of being terminated from the pain clinic for using illicit substances. Can’t even use the Cbd oils since it is possible it would show up on drug tests. Thank you for sharing I hope it helps change some people opinions especially those who are in legislative positions and can change the laws in our country to help everyone have the options some now enjoy.

Illinois Joy

I was told when I moved out here , if any cannabis was found in my system I would not get my pain meds. Which was fine with me, my allergies are that bad. Smelling that stuff out on the street where people smoke gives me a headache.
I asked about the cannabis oil , and given the same answer. If it really helps people and cures people then good for them. 🙂
I’m allergic to different colors of dyes in meds. So, again it’s ok that I don’t, & can’t try it. I’m probably allergic to that too😐

Sharon

Thank you for sharing your experience. The stigma that goes along with the word “marijuana” or “cannabis” is an outdated concept.
People are finally realizing the actual medicinal uses of this natural occurring substance and that many are finding relief they never thought was possible.
Society calls it a gateway drug. Gateway to what? I’m already PRESCRIBED a variety of opioids, so what exactly is this a gateway to?
I have been suffering with not only severe pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and basically just existing day to day laying in my bed suffering from the side effects of the numerous pills that are supposed to help.
Thankfully, medicinal marijuana finally became legal in my state. The combination of high CBD and low THC oil used during the day gives one an actual life again. No popping all of the pills all day long worrying what those are doing to the body.
Unfortunately, in the beginning, both medical marijuana and pills are required until the endocannabinoid system is fully fed. But gradually, those pills can be gone completely. As with any medication, everyone is different with the effects and reactions to all of them. But why not try something natural as opposed to a pill created in a lab and factory?
I recently read a story, I’m not sure where, of a pharmaceutical company realizing that medical marijuana works for so many, they too want in on it and will be developing their own MM “pills”.
It is only a matter of time that medical marijuana will be legal not only in various states, but federally as well. I find it a shame that before that happens, there are so many people who must suffer unnecessarily.

Kris Aaron

When someone says you “need to stop ‘pushing this on others'” during a cannabis discussion what they mean is they’re uncomfortable with your recommendations. All the old, tired arguments against cannabis have been proven incorrect — it’s just another medicine that works well for some and is less beneficial for others.
Our government must accept most of the blame for cannabis’ negative reputation, which was initiated after the end of Prohibition to encourage racial profiling and discrimination (and justify continued employment for Harry Anslinger and his band of Prohibition enforcers). Chronic pain patients know as well as anyone how government misinformation quickly becomes policies that do far more harm than good.
No one is forcing your readers to try cannabis… or any other medication or substance. People who object to comments like yours are reacting out of fear rather than rational, informed thought. They’ve been drinking the government Kool-Aid and are desperate for others to agree with their choice of beverage.

Maggi Martin

I use cannabis so i’m not constantly considering suicide as an option to treat my ever growing list of painful conditions.

Dear Ellen, I think some of the comments you are receiving that are hurting your feelings are coming from people who have relied on opioids for their life-saving medication in which has helped them for many, many years with no ill side effects. The medication that is being ripped from their very hands. Many times causing suicide as a result of it being taken away to where one can’t live one’s life as we have lately found out from the young lady who was a police officer having to leave her 11 year old son. Millions live in a state where it is not permissible and if we did experiment we would lose what little pain medication we are now allotted. There’s another young woman who advocates tirelessly for the use of medical cannabis and the way she has phrased things, it has turned into a debate of marijuana vs. opioids. This is a most crucial time in which all of us should be pulling together instead of apart especially when it comes down to one’s preferred treatment of choice. Unfortunately the treatments at hand are becoming less available everyday, cannabis included from what I’ve heard in the news. Chronic pain patients have become so terrified of what tomorrow may bring due to false information represented by our own government that of course most everyone is on edge not to mention angry for if the government had chosen not to play doctor in the first place, we wouldn’t have to be telling one another what in one’s opinion works better than the other in the first place. In my opinion only I believe others are frustrated when people speak of treatments that work for them, fearing that eventually these treatments will be the only choice left for them. Perhaps many of those who comment negatively have already tried medical cannabis to no avail. I’ve heard many a story in which that’s the case. I’m like yourself, I care about people and if I think something works I want everyone to know it. Just as my mother doesn’t sleep well, it infuriates me that she won’t at least give melatonin a try. Though I have to step back and think this is not my body we’re talking about, it is hers, and hers alone. I’m trying to look through the windows of your eyes along with the others that advocate for medical cannabis along with those of us who know and have found that opioids work for us with no side effects. Right now these are just very trying times for all involved, especially when we know one is sitting or laying there in pain, scared and most feeling very alone.

SUSAN WIGGINS SIMPSON

Thank You! I completely agree XoXo I too have a very similar but different story. I was cold turkey taken off opiates, migraine medication, muscle relaxers all at once when I moved states due to tighten DEA guidelines in 2015. I have cancer very aggressive and at the time taken off the medication the cancer had come back and now in stage 4, fibromyalgia, 13 multilevel herniated discs, chemotherapy induced arthritis, bone spurs, chronic pain syndrome, migraine sufferer, by now you get the level of pain I’m talking. I being an addict in recovery for 9 yr never having failed a drug test, nor was it a pill mill but a very respected internal medicine doctor/degree in pain management. However, over a year I was called a pill seeker! I will not lie my addiction began at 32 with pain pills and escalated, I had not ever drank, smoked cigarettes, tried marijuana could not stand it, but at the time i was going through a divorce and I didn’t realize I had become an addict by the time I had it escalated & onto heavier drugs but not 1x in real pain with cancer did I ever over take even 1 pain pill, you won’t in real pain. I used 4 & years and admitted myself into rehab. I do not feel that my past when I suffer of such pain should give the DEA, a doctor or anyone to leave me to suffer & die in pain, it is cruel & inhumane well they did…I just gave up & two years of suffering & under hospice care the cancer reaching the liver, bile ducts with the worse abdominal pain you can imagine on top of vomiting no more than 2 months left and a surgery, I too being not eligible for traditional treatment & still “denied opiate pain medication” even with hospice, images metastatic cancer! Hence not easy for an addict to make up! It didn’t matter – denied pain meds – attorneys refusing to help me because of being an addict in recovery! I took the advice of many and obtained medical marijuana, it was that or heroin for pain. I really thought “marijuana? that not going to touch the pain I have” boy was I wrong! now it medical grade. The strains known as indica and sativa, giving pain relief for up to 8 hours, taking away the vomiting too. Marijuana has anti inflammatory/alakaning benefits plus a lot more! The metz cancer liver/bile gone, surgery cancelled, hospice out! I began it Aug 2017 & woke up to share! It shouldn’t be opiates vs cannabis/marijuana it should be the option of what works! Just as pill patients don’t want be called liars neither do we!

Jennifer Reed

Hi Ellen,
I live in Pennsylvania & just recently received my medical marijuana card. I haven’t used it yet but I can say that 2 years ago I was so exhausted & traumatized by what my PCP put me through to get my prescription for the morphine I had been on for years for intractable pain, I reached the point where I was determined to stop taking the pain med.

I was given a small amount of cannabis & in one month I was completely off of the extended release morphine. I not only had restorative sleep consistently for the first time in years, I had pain relief that lasted for hours & all of my “bad” lab numbers decreased significantly, especially blood sugars, blood pressure & systemic inflammation. My quality of life improved drastically but this was a one time gift & I became very sick with sepsis in my bloodstream & osteomyelitis in my jaw, which required pain medication.

The chronic pain community is being forced off of their pain medications due to the misinformation & laws put into place by the same people who have continue to classify cannabis as dangerous & addicting as heroin! This couldn’t be farther from the truth as it’s not possible to die or overdose from cannabis.

Big Pharma is losing billions in revenue yearly since the surge in legalizing cannabis is giving pain patients the choice to have pain relief from a plant that decreases the need for opioid pain medication. The amount of misinformation regarding cannabis is equal to the false data about deaths from opioid pain medication taken as prescribed by chronic pain patients.

I am also an advocate for the legislation of this plant for everyone who is suffering, because of what we’re going through at the hands of physicians who are supposed to be helping us, and government agencies & insurance companies making it extremely difficult or not possible, to maintain our pain medication that’s never been abused.

I encourage everyone to do their own research to help understand the importance of having a choice on how you want to live your life without the stress & fear of being at the mercy of the doctors prescribing pain medication.
Thank you Ellen for sharing your journey & helping us.

Karen C.

Ohhhhh would that I could… those of us on SSDI do not have this option, even if we live in a state that has legalized it. I keep praying that the government will legalize it for medical use.

carl s. dunn

Almost fifty years ago when I was a young teenager and tried cannabis socially, and seeing the disastrous effects alcoholism had on my parents generation, including what alcohol had done to my parents lives, I came to realize that smoking weed and hash were pretty much a much more harmless use of a drug destined to be medicinal in nature. This is not to say some small amounts of alcohol used in moderation is also medicinal as well as long as it is not abused or when one becomes dependent on it to function. Alcohol is useful for the body and mind as written by example even in the scriptures, and was drunk in place of unsanitary water or other drinks. Pot, is now being used for the beneficial effects on the mind and body, but was demonized from the beginning of the 1900’s to isolate and demonize minorities who were considered a threat to the majority rule of white society. I am not being a racist but history definitively proves this fact. If it wasn’t pot, think “refer madness”, or opium, then crack cocaine, think 100 to 1 sentencing versus powder cocaine, any drug use that may have some use to society was also highlighted as a scourge to society and used as good headlines in the news. Then we have the “drug war” which has cost billions of dollars and supports millions of jobs and makes billions of dollars untaxed for foreign entities and their domestic partners. It is not in the best interest for these groups to legalize any now illegal drug for the populace to use for any reason, even medicinal. There is just too much money to be made, and a lot of it untraceable and untaxed. Common sense has nothing to do with it. So, we see a slow evolution with pot but look how long it is taking. Even now our justice department would like to go backwards and throw people in jail for a very long time for using weed. It is the pharmaceutical and insurance lobby’s, the American doctor lobby’s, the justice system which creates employment for so very many, the private prison system for profit, that are fighting so hard against legalizing pot use. They are afraid of losing control and the money criminalizing a somewhat benign drug anyone can grow in their backyard, even opium can be grown there too, but that is another can of worms. Opium was used by people who knew it had medical uses but of course some people abused it to their demise. In out lawyered up society, I am not sure if we can see our way to independent thought without big brother telling us how to live.