Medical Marijuana?

I debated for a while whether or not to write about my opinion of marijuana, but ultimately decided that I’m going to say what I want to say…    

medical marijuanaSo…does marijuana have medical properties?  The Chinese several thousand years ago seemed to think so.  Hemp seeds are still used to treat constipation in TCM pharmacology.  I tried to Google any other studies or opinions on medical effects of marijuana and didn’t find anything interesting enough to note.  Also, there are 2 main types of weed:  cannabis sativa and cannabis indica.  One is more of a “cerebral” high (sativa) and the other more of a “physical” high (indica).  

Why aren’t more groups or universities studying this?  Because – again – there’s no *big* money in natural substances because you can’t patent them.

All we know is from case studies and *ahem* personal experimentation.  As with most things in life, a bit of moderation goes a long way.  I am not advocating a drugged-out free-for-all.  If you have a history of addiction, just don’t even go there.  Do what you need to do.  

Also, consider that in most states, it is illegal.  Proceed at your own risk.

 

 

Good time to get high                              

You have a steady job and have accomplished what you want to in life, in general; and it’s the weekend — Party time!

 vs.  Bad time to get high

You need to go to work; you have a deadline to meet; or you’re in school

 

Good time to get high

You feel “stuck” and need a change in perspective; maybe some boredom or cultural ennui has set in.  What is the purpose of it all?  You feel like you’re going through the motions, but to what end?  If you’re an artist of any type, maybe you have a creative block.                               

vs. Bad time to get high

It’s just “what you do”…all the time…  

  

Good time to get high        

Everything else has not worked for what ails you; maybe you’re in a lot of pain or going through a difficult time and are not making any head-way.  Again, you could benefit from a change in perspective.  Maybe you’ve hit a plateau in the road as you’re working toward a goal and are unsure of what way to go next.                                 

vs. Bad time to get high

Escaping reality because you do not want to deal with trivial things like people, rent, food, etc.

 

Is it a medicine?  Sure…just like alcohol or opium could be thought of as medicines as well.  The truth is, is that it does change how your brain is firing.  When you change your brain chemistry, you change a lot of things, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Like all medicines, though, it’s not for everyone.  

I wish we could prescribe it in Texas.  There have been times that I would have – if it were legal – prescribed it to certain patients.  Some people are so “bound-up” and tight and tense (emotionally and physically) that having a little pot would totally open their eyes to a brand new reality!  I never dreamed there would be a day in my lifetime that it would be legal at all in the US, so maybe there’s hope.  

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Amen – I am a hard working, successful adult that has endulged periodically throughout my lifetime and I will be the first to say that it does help! I also suffer from migraines and belive it or not, it does help. It helps me relax and often times I can forget about the pain just long enough to get to sleep which ultimately leads to no more headache. It also helps tremendously with the nausea associated with my migraines. Anyway, kudos Nicole for having the courage to mention such an “unpleasant” topic in TX.

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  2. Thanks for your open mindedness, as I suffer with osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative spine, and neck disease. I was hit by a drunk driver in 2002, and have never been the same since. I guess I should be thankful he did not kill me, but I live a life of constant pain. I am in pain management, but opioids lose their effectiveness over many yrs of being medicated, and the doctors do not want to take many risks with helping a human being in pain any longer because of the federal government cracking down on them. Some doctors over prescribe , and many under prescribe! There just does not seem to be any consistency with them. I am ready for medical marijuana, and by that I mean cannibus indica, and CBD. I understand that with CBD they remove the psychoactive part of the drug, and use it as an oil to treat us. I have heard by reading the Chronicle that it may be legalised in 2015 for minimal medical uses. I pray so, because I am at my wits end with this unmericful medical system we live in. They have approved Ketamine IV infusion for pain patients, which is like a hallucinagen, but not medical marijuana, which can be made into tinctures?? Sounds very trippy to me! I am ready for a program filled with mercy and compassion, and until then? Who knows what is next? Frustrated in Austin.

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