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atti_editor posted:

"One of the most documented uses of medical marijuana is in the treatment of pain. Medical marijuana may be a better painkiller than narcotic painkillers, like oxycodone, with less potential for addiction," says WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael W. Smith, MD.


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What are your thoughts on the use of medical marijuana as a pain management tool? Join in the discussion below.
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blessedladyptl responded:
Medical marijuana is a medication and can be abused. What safe guards are in place to ensure than a patient that is prescribed Medical Marijuana doesn't abuse it ?

Because a patient doesn't get a actual prescription that they take to the pharmacy, I wonder if the doctors see this as a way to get around the liability issues some have been faced with when prescribing pain medications where the patient becomes addicted and die of an overdose. How would a doctor monitor Medical Marijuana in patients that also receive pain medications ?
 
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davedsel2 responded:
This is quite a controversial topic that has been a subject in many posts in this community for many years.

I agree with the views of blessedladyptl. It is still illegal in our state but making it legal for both medical and recreational use has been in the news a lot lately.

That being said, if it becomes legal for medical use in our state I would consider trying it as I am allergic to all narcotic pain medications. I would not smoke it, though, because I have asthma issues. I have thought of making brownies or other forms of consumptions.
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-Dave
 
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rosielou replied to davedsel2's response:
Hi Dave,

I live in one of the states where medical and rec marijuana is now legal. There are a few places that take the med part of it seriously and sell products that you can use very easily at home. One is cannabutter which is usually a good quality butter or oil that's been infused with the mj and is sold in different strengths so you know what you're getting. Then you can add it to whatever cooking you'd like. Let them do the work and it's easier on you. Just be careful where you store it, it's important to remember that all of these things are meds.

As far as medical oversight, there really isn't any out here. Early on, when only medical was legal, most of the official mj prescriptions were written by a handful of doctors, often at the mj stores, not by the type of drs that we'd be seeing. It was shady and I don't know anybody that got involved with it. Once recreational became legal there hasn't been the need to obtain a prescription.

But anyway, our doctors are very aware that pain patients have the option now, and discussions do take place. If mj might work for a patient who isn't an idiot about meds, it has been known for a doctor to recommend giving it a try. I honestly think that over the next few years it will be brought into mainstream use, with testing and more sophisticated Rx.

That's what I know from the land of Mountains.

Rose
 
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tuloud54 responded:
I have tried everything but.There is the old joke that" it may not help your pain,but you won't care as much" I have considered it but my fear is what if it works! Now,I've got to worry about legality,getting it,drug tests and paying for it!Most of our meds get us buzzed to some degree even if we get used to it. I have had a pain pump since nov 2012,with Dilaudid and take Neurontin and Cymbalta but still have a hard time going to anyplace with normal temperatures. Highly sensitive to anything but warm temperatures Meds in pump still being adjusted so will stick with this for now.I wonder if Dr Maine sees anything wrong with using this if it helps? People say it is only used to get high but take the alcohol out of booze and see who still drinks! Stay safe folks. Tom
 
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davedsel2 responded:
I would like to add another point.

My wonderful wife and I greatly enjoy the TV show "Bones" on Fox. This past Monday night's episode dealt with medical marijuana. From what I could glean from the show, medical cannabis and recreational cannabis are two different strains of the plant. Also, medical marijuana does not cause the same level of a "high" as recreational.

Just wondering if someone can confirm my understanding and maybe discuss this a bit further.

Thanks very much.
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rosielou replied to davedsel2's response:
You can get strains that have lower levels of THC, so you don't get as high. But that isn't true across the board for all medical strains. It really depends on what symptoms you want to address: Insomnia, pain, nausea, chemo-related, etc.

I'm also curious to hear what others have to say. I hope there are some here who know more.

Here's a link to Webmd's mj page with a number of articles about medical and rec uses. The article about Help for Seizures explains more about the differences between the strains, lower THC in some versions of medical.

http://www.webmd.com/news/breaking-news/marijuana-on-main-street/default.htm

Rose
 
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nadia34 replied to blessedladyptl's response:
honestly believe in this becasue it does help a lot of people especially pepople with chronic pain
 
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blessedladyptl replied to davedsel2's response:
dave, that episode of Bones, also showed that just because someone can use medical marijuana accoridng to their state laws does not mean that it won't adversely affect them if they have a federal job. It can also affect someone if they apply for/receive SSA disability because Federal Laws supersede State Laws, the one that is the more stringent applies.
 
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davedsel2 replied to blessedladyptl's response:
So are you saying that my SSDI monthly payments could be stopped if I start using medical marijuana if it is legalized in my state??
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davedsel2 replied to davedsel2's response:
Well, I found some articles on the internet on this subject and it looks like use of medical marijuana can affect both the application process and people already receiving benefits. Sounds like the risks may out weigh the benefits for now, at least until the federal government changes its stance on mj.

I'm just starting to see a new physiatrist and that will not be one of the options we discuss.
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blessedladyptl replied to davedsel2's response:
dave, yes, that is what I mean. Unfortunately, some people think as long as your dr gives you what you need to get a card, you're fine. But, that isn't true when it comes to SSA disability.
 
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vweah replied to rosielou's response:
Are you in denver? My daughter just moved there because of the drier climate, which seems to help, and for access to medical marijuana for her pain. I do worry that she could become dependent on it just as any other pain medication but it does seem to help.
 
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vweah replied to davedsel2's response:
Some of the wee did the same for medical vs recreational but for medical you can get custom strains to address your issues. Also. The tax is 20% less for medical. For edibles, you can get the medicinal value without the high if you want. Just be careful that you understand the dosage.
 
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mendy44 replied to vweah's response:
I got off my valium and Trazadone and I smoke in the late morning and at bedtime. Get this, my first joint was at the age of 42. My son whom was traveling got it for me without my knowledge. IMAGINE, my son thinks mom just needs a little weed to be pain free. It was a funny contradiction!


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