I like many many other people suffer with chronic pain and the way that it is treated is with pain medication.
I take Paracetamol, Dihydrocodeine, Pregabalin, Nortriptyline, Oramorph and I wear a Buprenorphine patch. All of these medications were useful when I started suffering pain but slowly my body has gotten used to being fed them on a daily basis and so now they aren’t very affective at all and so I have the option of increasing the dosage or switching to a different type of medication, but then my body will just become used to that medication.
The consultant at the Pain management clinic has told me that they are not sure what to do to help me, I have heard this from other people on Social media and its quite scary. I am never going to be free from pain and so it seems like the only option is to cope the best I can or is it?
It is believed that nature has the cure for every disease known to man, we just haven’t found them all yet and that is one reason why protecting the rain forests is so important, apart from the obvious reasons. However there is one plant that we have all heard of and it is possibly the most useful plant on the planet.
Now that name conjures up the illegal trade of marijuana and the image of young people with a massive roll up, but marijuana has been scientifically proven to help with a wide range of health problems.
It can help with muscles spasms in Multiple Sclerosis, it can stop nausea from chemotherapy, glaucoma, seizure disorders, chrohn’s disease, poor appetite and weight loss from chronic illnesses like HIV and it can help treat chronic pain.
In the USA medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington DC, people with certain health conditions can get a prescription/card for medical marijuana and as long as they can produce that proof that they are using it for a recognised health condition, then will not be arrested or prosecuted for possession of a certain amount of the drug.
We always associate marijuana with being smoked in that typical large roll up or joint or smoked through a pipe known as a bong, however it can be eaten in cookies, cakes or any meal or it can be vaporised where it’s heated to release the active ingredients but no smoke is produced. It can also be bought as an oil and you rub a few drops under the tongue to get the desired results.
The two main active ingredients in marijuana are THC and CBD, the THC is what the recreational drug users are after and there are more strains of marijuana than I could list but those users would want a high THC strain because that is what gives the high, its what makes them want to smoke the drug.
CBD doesn’t give you that high and its this ingredient that is so useful for helping people with these (and more) health conditions it is what’s known as non-psychoactive.
What is even more amazing is that they have been able to breed strains of marijuana that have a high reading of CBD and yet it has almost zero THC!
I have had many chats on Social media with people in the USA who are treating chronic pain with medical marijuana, they have done something that I would love to do and that is ditch the pain medication. I’m currently wanting to stop taking Lyrica/Pregabalin and I wrote about the reasons why in a previous post https://satonmybutt.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/neurontin-and-lyrica-are-a-death-sentence-for-new-brain-synapses-health-wellness-news/
but the withdrawal is meant to be nasty, however staying on it is not an option because of the side effects. Taking all these pain meds long term (and I have) is far from ideal and so why not use something that is natural rather than these lab made drugs.
So why is it not legal to use marijuana for medicinal purposes in the UK?
Well there are trials ongoing for certain health conditions but at the moment it doesn’t seem like we are anywhere near seeing it legalised for medicinal use and whilst I would like to have faith that the government has our best interests at heart, I think that medical marijuana wont be legalised in the UK because the big pharmaceutical companies will stop that from happening and whilst I have no proof, I imagine that the big bosses of these companies rub shoulders with our beloved leaders and legalising marijuana would cost these companies and their chums a small fortune!
CBD oil can however be legally bought in the UK but apparently it is extremely costly and unregulated.