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Considering trying medical marijuana…

  • By Astrid

    I gave CBD oil a shot, but I just didn’t get any real relief and I’ve read that for some people a little THC is needed. So I’m looking into medical marijuana -anyone else here thinking about trying it to help with symptoms?

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  • By Frances00

    I know a lot of people with chronic illness/pain use marijuana to help them with pain & the anxiety that the chronic illness causes. If you don’t know what to buy, perhaps you could search youtube?

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  • By pbarry23

    I’ve been using MMJ since last summer here in Pa. It has been one of the best treatments I’ve used. It helps me with, pain, depression, insomnia and others. If it is legal in your state, I would seriously consider it. It helped me cut back on a number of medications.

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    • By Melissa

      I am a registered patient as well. I am finding it difficult to find what exactly will help me with my PSA. I have tried vapes & concentrate, but would appreciate any help. Thanks

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    • By pbarry23

      Hello Melissa,
      A few things that I might suggest including buying a patient medical marijuana journal to track the results for each strain that you might try. The pharmacist at my dispensary here in Pennsylvania suggested that and it’s been a great idea.

      The thing I have found best so far is a 2 to 1 CBD weed. I vape the dry flower. It helps with pain. I usually use an indica strain at the same time.

      I also use RSO for sleep, it’s quite powerful.

      I would say try lots of different things. I know it’s expensive but for me it’s been worth it trying to find what works. I have been able to reduce my pain medication as well as my sleep medication. It also provides me with a nice date of stress-free relaxation when needed.

      Pattie

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    • By youngNrestless86

      Melissa, I couldn’t agree more with pattie on a journal for your medicinal cannabis.
      APPS:
      (Journaling) I use an app called “releaf app” for journaling. (Education) Many also find apps/web sites such as “leafly” and/or “Weedmaps” helpful in learning about various strains and their effects. These sites are geared to a wide audience for both medicinal and recreational use. Therefore, I use the app “PotBot” -which is geared towards medicinal patients and assists with strain education as well as suggesting strains currently available in your area that will assist in achieving your desired results for the management of your specific symptoms.
      METHODS OF USE:
      Generally speaking – the faster rate your medicine is absorbed relates to the length of time the medicine lasts. (I.e vaporization or “vaping” will not last as long as ingesting or eating) therefore I use different methods to manage different symptoms. I find that mixing my preferred PM strain for pain and restlessness into my dinner allows me to sleep a full 6-7 hours as opposed to the 3 I may get when vaporizing before bed.
      As always, I am happy to speak at length on this should you desire to know more!
      *DISCLAIMER: keep in mind that these are the methods that I have found work for my body in the management of my PsA and associated medicines symptoms. Please consult your doctor prior any use of medicinal cannabis and ensure the legality of this treatment in your area.

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    • By pbarry23

      I like the “Leafly” app but you need to find what you like.
      Also, I purchased a paper journal by Goldleaf. It is specifically for marijuana patients.
      Best of luck.
      And yes, check with your own medical professional. I am only offering my personal experience.

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    • By Kerry

      Missouri just jumped on board with this. I often wondered if it would work for pain. This is good information to know, thanks for sharing!

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    • By youngNrestless86

      Kerry, First step for Missouri patients is to see a “recommending doctor” (perhaps try national group “Green Health Docs – Missouri”) it’s a very simple process. The doctor works as a specialist so this would be an addition to your care team (PCP, rheumatologist, dermatologist, psychologist…etc.) at the very least, it’s worth a consultation!
      Hope this helps

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    • By youngNrestless86

      Not a problem Kerry! Although it is great to see more states getting on board with cannabis treatments, it is unfortunate that the education and dissemination of information on this topic are oft overlooked. Especially as this option is not accepted on a federal level, many doctors avoid the topic in fear of loosing their lisence(s). Good luck PsA warrior!! Let me know if you have any other questions

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  • By pbarry23

    Please feel free to ask me any questions, I’ll do my best to answer.
    Pattie

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  • By youngNrestless86

    Like patti, my state has also legalized the use of medicinal cannabis. I am a registered patient and have seen life changing results. Please feel free to message me with any questions.

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    • By pbarry23

      Awesome! What state are you in?
      Pattie

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    • By youngNrestless86

      Pattie I’m in Ohio. Pretty much your neighbor! It is nice to see more states coming on board with this treatment.

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  • By bodhi344

    As a long-term sufferer of PSA, I have been using legal THC from a dispensary for several years. It is truly important to look for the types of “buds”/strains that are best for pain. One of my favorites is a strain called Apple Fritter. In addition, OG Kush is another really good for PSA Pain. Try both and let me know if they help with the pain as much as they do for me.

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  • By sally8888

    I’ve tried all forms. Helps some what but my pain is so severe it is not helpful enough vs cost. Everyone has different results.

    I agree og kush is nice. But know how to spot fakes. I found some strains some swear by did not help me. I had a nice lemon larry that loosened my hips up a bit. but it’s quad and too pricey for regular use.

    Good luck.

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    • By youngNrestless86

      The more we learn about this plant and conversely the medical applications of it, can make this space very confusing.
      So to keep this brief – I would suggest you look into alternate modes of consumption.
      We’re finding that ingestion through high temperature vaporization or smoking is not an effective means for many of the symptoms cannabis treats as many helpful compounds (terpenes, CBG, CBD, CBDa, THCa…etc.) are unable to effectively release and enter your body.
      …in short, you don’t get ALL the benefits when you burn them off.

      Then again, I’m not a doctor.
      Hope this helps, happy to chat.

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