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*** A POSSIBLE GAME CHANGER - EVERYONE READ!! ***

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    Posted: Mar/12/2017 at 11:47am
This is from NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on March 11, 2017. FINALLY----clinical studies being done using medical marijuana for chronic pain in the elderly. With the aging population, so many people living in chronic pain with opioids being withdrawn and no good choices available------here is the hope we've needed and the stigma of MMJ hopefully stopped. It IS a game changer that those of us who have access to this drug already know.

http://nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/as-doctors-see-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-treatments-for-seniors-calls-for-changes-in-policy-895834691711

For those of you in the States, when you open the link you want to scroll down the page and find " No Longer the Evil Weed? Some Seniors See Marijuana's Benefits ". For those of you who live outside of the US, trying googling " NBC-Marijuana ".

The real emphasis on this piece is that " Doctors across the country are calling for a rethink of current government policies, in terms of allowing medical research on medical cannabis, as elderly patients see dramatic results to treat pain".
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This works in Canada,

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/as-doctors-see-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-treatments-for-seniors-calls-for-changes-in-policy-895834691711
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I have found that Medical Marijuana ("MJ") works for pain relief for some, but not all.  Everyone responds differently. 
The number of different strains makes it confusing for many to know which strain to buy. 
Sativa Strains are more recreational and produces the "high" that many are only interested in.  
 
Indica Strain are more of the relaxing strains and are used to help people sleep.  Indica tends to assist in the pain relief more than the Sativa strains.
 
Hybrid is a combination of both and is a common strain for those that don't want to deal with all the different strains available and wants a little of both the Sativa and Indica strains mixed.
 
CBD is an ingredient in MJ and is the main ingredient that treats pain.  It does not cause a "high" and helps treat multiple medical conditions for some patients.  
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Medical MJ is legal in my state and recreational marijuana surprisingly received a positive vote during the last ballot election.  I am not happy with this vote, since I don't want a bunch of adults selling to teenage kids which will cause a lot of teenager drivers to drive while being "high."  The state is struggling how they are going to regulate this, especially driving.  The state has extended the timing of when recreational MJ dispensaries will open, which appears to be in approximately 1 year.  
 
I was registered as a MJ user, but instead of renewing the registration I just stocked up prior to my registration expiring.  I saved approximately $300 in doctor registration fees and state renewal fees.   Personally, I don't like using it during the day, just at night to relax.  
 
I have done a considerable amount of research on this if anyone has any questions either on the forum or through a PM.
 
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I couldn't agree more that MMJ works differently for some than for others. It's a drug and in all of my years in practice and doing this site, we've learned that pain management encompasses a multifaceted approach. IMO, MMJ is another way to add quality of life and also allows many people to lower the amount of narcotics they are taking. In some cases, and with using MJ in many forms such as topicals, oils, edibles, tinctures and vaping or smoking some people can manage with only MJ. But, unless you are allowed to grow, the cost can be prohibitive.

That brings me to the point regarding it being sold to minors. MMJ costs a lot. Teens who are using it for a recreational high will continue to buy lower quality products off the street. So, I'm not concerned about them buying high quality and expensive products from a legal store, or being able to afford buying it from an adult at the costs.

It's also vital for anyone who is thinking about starting MMJ to learn as much as possible prior to using it. You are correct regarding the differences between Indica and Satia. For anyone with anxiety issues---stay away from Sativa. Indica can be very sedating and is wonderful for use at night for sleeping----nothing works better for me than gummy bears for pain relief and sleep.

Thanks for the post and your thoughts!!!

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Thanks for the input Stevie.  Never tried the gummies.
I have tried the flower (aka: buds), chocolate, caramel, capsules, and vaporizer pens.  I have found the vaporizer pens to be the most cost effective in the US.  The flowers may be cheaper in the long run, but you have to go through the process of using a pipe or a rolled joint.  In my opinion, using rolled joints is like watching your money go up in smoke, since so much is being burned off into the air.  Using a pipe is more harsh tasting and the extra steps are kind of a hassle compared to the other ways of consumption.
 
I prefer the vaporizer pens since the users only need 2-3 hauls and you are all set. One vaporizer pen usually lasts me about 6-8 weeks.  I only use it late at night as a way to relax after another painful day.  If I do it during the day, it just makes me more anxious with little motivation to do anything.
 
 
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Love the input Racer. Agree that vaping is more economical and for me, easier on the lungs.

Would really love more input from others. We have a huge reader base----now need more user posts. We learn from each other and can't keep our site going without input and help from those who read here but don't respond.

So-----please. Chronic pain sufferers everywhere----join in. We can't operate without your help. And in this critical time of the cards stacked against us, power comes in numbers. You don't have to approve of or use MMJ. BUT----we all are facing horrific times of NO help for those of us who live with CP unless we gather together and demand that we are not going to be ignored because of those who have chosen to abuse drugs.

Get moving. Write to your Congressmen and please support our site so we can continue to use our mission to get the message out.

Please donate to help Chronicpainsite.com continue to help others.

My journey with chronic pain began over 30 years ago, while as a young nurse working spinal rehab, I injured my back lifting a patient. I am now fused from L2-S1. I have multiple thoracic and cervical issues. I'm a retired RN/PA and I know and understand the frustrations on both ends of the treatment spectrum of dealing with CP. It's been my goal since 2008, when we started this site, to reach out and help as many people in pain as possible. We will continue the fight as long as we can. Please, if you can help us continue to help you and others, donate. Thank you.
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I wrote a letter to my congressman a couple of months ago, and I still haven't heard from him. I have written to this person before about a different matter, and his answer was almost immediate. Now, I don't know what has happened.

I urge, all Chronic pain sufferers out there, please write letters to your political leaders. It is necessary to bring awareness to the injustice that is being inflicted on us by cutting off our pain medications.
Chronic pain throughout the spine caused by osteoarthritis (DDD). Started at neck, spread to thoracic, and lately to lumbar area. Most of my spine is affected by bulges, disc height loss and dehydration, bone spurs, annular tears, foraminal stenosis, probable nerve impingement, and degeneration at end plates and facets.

The disease extends from Cervical C2-3 to C7-T1. Thoracic T4 to T10.
Lumbar T12-L1 to L5-S1.
It is all non operable.

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TKR R Knee.
Torn ACL, MCL L knee,
Pain on legs and calves
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I agree Edie.  Hopefully they don't get shredded.  Ha Ha  (I don't like using the Lol)
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