Posts Tagged ‘Pain management’

GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

This is a great picture of our daily life as a gastroparesis fighter! I have this printed and hung in an area of my home that I can see it every day. It is easier to show my family ‘what kind of day’ it is for me and they can plan their dinner accordingly.

For more info, please click here: http://www.digestivedistress.com/what-to-eat-diabetics-idiopathics

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Pain, Pot & Politics

There has been a lot of chatter regarding using marijuana/pot for pain management, that it inspired me to look into it further.  I can see pros/cons to both sides and wanted to dig deeper with on-line research to try to figure it out.  For the record, I am not ‘picking a side’.

Did I mention that I live in WA State where they are fighting for it to become legal (the degree is not known, considering how the Feds feel about it).   But the tax money it will generate for wonderful programs, the amount of big brother regulations, was the aspect that I liked.   However, some business’s in WA are now putting pot into food and drinks.  This concerns me, as a parent.  They make the products look kid friendly.

I do not encourage nor discourage the use of Marijuana for your pain management.  In watching my mother-in-law suffer in pain due to cancer, I can NOT tell anybody how to live their life.  She was on a morphine pump at home and no amount of it would help her.  And she had a very high tolerance to pain.  It is a heartbreaking experience to witness and I can not imagine going through it!

potCannabis Sativa, aka: Pot, Herb, Mary Jane, Grass, Weed, Marijuana, Dubby, Reefer, Roach, Dope (and the list goes on).  I believe has the most nicknames of any ‘drug’ we have ever had in our society.   That is just a guess.  The statistics I have found very greatly in the number of people that used and whom are addicted.  For this blog I will say it seems to be about 4% of American Adults have consumed at least once a year and 1 out of 300 Adults are addicts.  Again, each place I read something different.

In all honesty I have never used it, but was around it in my college days.  I never saw the point in doing it, after watching my ‘friends’ get high and act stupid.  That is a degree that I am NOT talking about here when discussing for ‘medical use’.  Medical use pot seems to be about 3 ‘puffs’ a day, from most pages I have read for this research.  But, I will leave it up to the consumers in how much you need.  That is an area I am not going to get involved in.  What you do is up to you and I have no business being in your business 🙂   I am just stating what I read for those that are interested in the topic. Here is a list of my findings for the estimated 76 Million Chronic Pain Americans (again, my stat is not gospel).

What pot can alleviate:

  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Suppression of nausea
  • Increase/restore metabolism
  • Relief of muscle spasms

Research has been done in the following areas with great success:

  • Glaucoma – pot relieves eye pressure
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety – in the proper dose, pot can elevate your mood and expand the mind
  • Depression
  • Obsession
  • psychologically/spiritually enhancement

Side Effects of Pot (just in case you didn’t know):

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure and breathing
  • Red/Dry eyes
  • Slow reaction time
  • Increased appetite – aka, munchies
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Paranoia,  anxiety and depression

From the articles I have read with medical research I can see great benefit from the substance, in moderation.   However,  I was not able to find out too much on how your body adapts to it over time.  If your body would build a tolerance to it and if so, would the higher dose still benefit you?  At this time that would be my only concern, should I decided to go down that road at a later date.

There are so many different types – what is best for me?

Here are the very basics:

  • How much it helps depends on the hybrid.
  • Stativa is very good for night time sleep and pain
  • Indica is good for daytime energy and mood.
  • Both (above) help nausea, however Indica is better.

Here is a very helpful website to help you: www.leafly.com

The decision is yours, just make sure you are responsible as a user and respectful of others who do not share your opinion.

Cheers to Germany and Belgium for their legal use of it and a healthy working society. Links to some of the page I went to for this blog:

BLOG UPDATE:

18 Legal Medical Marijuana States — List as of 7-1-2013 — Per ProCon.Org

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

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