Disclaimer: (I really hate them but they are a necessary evil)
I do not have a medical license. I am here to bring entertainment, enjoyment and education. The only thing I am currently licensed for is marrying people. Everything you are about to read is from my own research if you don't agree with something I have written and/or have other info please be kind and share it with the rest of us.
Cause this is life, and we are all in this together.
Disclaimer #2: I am a colorful person who uses colorful language and that's all I have to say.
It is true that the current crop of cannabis is not the weed you smoked in high school and as such education is the key to understanding medical cannabis and how it can help you or a loved one.
(note: it may help even if you don't love them.)
(note again: Actually it has been know to make otherwise unlikable people lovable but that is usually after the person who has deemed someone unlikable has smoked some weed which in turn can make those family gatherings so much more beara- lovable... but I digress.)
As with any drug, there are side effects. One of the more common side effects experienced from smoking or eating cannabis is the reduction of saliva or 'cotton mouth'. And a dry mouth can be resolved by drinking water or crunching on some ice. Personally, I usually experience cotton mouth only when it is some good weed.
(note: I am okay with this mild side effect however if the side effect were anal leakage I would definitely have to reconsider my options.)
The mysterious They aren't positive as to why it causes cotton mouth as there is a federal ban on cannabis and this in turn has limited the research. And one of the biggest issues caused by lack of research is the non-existence of dosing parameters. We don't give people a bottle of blood pressure medication without a dosing protocol but when it comes to using medical marijuana it can feel like a crap shoot (no pun intended) and because our government, Jeff Sessions, continues to ignore it's efficacy we will have people who could benefit from it not fully informed and missing out on a non-addictive drug that could improve their quality of life. Cannabis is not a perfect drug. It won't cure all that ails you but we should at least have some dosing parameters. That is why for the sake of science I am willing to give myself over to test for said parameters if necessary. -somebody has to do it.
Today let's talk about edibles. This is where the lack of dosing parameters can make using cannabis a bit intimidating; a little education can go a long way to removing the fear and producing a good experience.
WARNING: If you haven't used cannabis DO NOT START WITH EDIBLES.
Edibles can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to take effect and usually last from 4-6 hours. Just like other pain meds if you take more than you need this can lead to side effects that may last up to 4-6 hours.
Edibles are usually made from the indica strain and have a high CBD level that works with our endocannabinoid system. (yes this really exists) There is a minimal amount of THC (the psychoactive part) in the edible. This type of edible is good for pain relief, post surgery pain, chronic pain, sore muscles, arthritis, or anxiety. If you don't understand this about edibles you may find yourself taking more or less because I don't feel anything. Most edibles are indica based so if take too much you may end up feeling lethargic and sleepy and in rare cases have hallucinations. Just like if you take too many sleeping meds, that Lunesta moth can be real for you. THC is the psycho active ingredient that stimulates the dopamine in our brains and that is helpful for depression. It also can stimulate the appetite (give you the munchies) for those who may have lost their appetite through chemo or grief.
(Personal note: it is the best antidepressant I have ever used. -Okay so it's the only antidepressant I have ever used but why try something else when you have found something that works?)
Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor. You won't go to jail. Ask them if there are any medications you are currently taking that could be replaced with cannabis. And if they aren't up on all the science and research challenge them to educate themselves. You are the consumer, you PAY them for their knowledge and health recommendations. If your healthcare plan doesn't have healthcare professionals knowledgeable in the benefits of caring for patients with cannabis tell them you want your doctor to be able to speak about medical cannabis as an option. Remember you are the consumer.
If your doc is not on board, fear not! You can still try the magical medical weed. In order to do that you must be at least 18 and talk to a doctor that believes Cannabis is a drug that should be an option for their patients. My doc is Dr Frank at 420Recs.com
Once you have your Cannabis Rx meet me back here and we will talk about how to find a dispensary near you and more importantly a few of the myriad of options to consume your medical cannabis. For those of you who are old stoners this may just be a refresher course.
Have fun storming the castle!
I'm Karen! I am in the middle of celebrating 57 years of life. I am a Family Services Provider and self proclaimed Cakeologist. For the last four years of this life I have been calling California home. The best part of living in California is the ability to play outside any time of the year. Because of medical cannabis, I am able to play more, and sit on the sidelines less pain free. I tackle children, climb mountains, and take long walks on the beach with all the other hopeless romantics. And I wish for you to be able to play more and enjoy your life pain free too! Join me as I share what I've learned about medical cannabis and how that knowledge has given me the courage to get my life back.