I suffer from chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of my hips having been prescribed various drugs over the past few years eg. Dichlorfenac, Nefopam and Codeine; all of them have very serious side effects as you should know.
For the past 3 years I have been prescribed Tramadol but only use it very sparingly in the evening if pain becomes intense. I have found that by using a very small amounts of cannabis I can go weeks or months without using Tramadol at all and only taking paracetamol.
Cannabis seems to facilitate joint movement rather than dulling the pain, it also has its drawbacks and I have had to experiment using myself as the guinea pig due to the lack of truthful advice available. Luckily it is not possible to overdose on cannabis and it is not highly addictive.
I would love to have a reasoned discussion about how this could fit into a pain management programme but I have felt uneasy about openly giving any information about dosages delivery methods sources etc.
My subjective view is that cannabis could replace opiates for many cases of chronic pain but the main obstacle at the moment is the threat of arrest and prosecution which kills any attempts to develop innovative solutions by sharing information openly.
I could see that the authorities and pharmaceutical companies would have a problem with cannabis being grown cheaply at home but he main objective of the criminal law seems to be to keep the market artificially inflated siting the health of the public as the excuse for not changing the law.
Given this breakthrough, it became intolerable to me that I was a criminal in the eyes of the law for nothing more than legitimately treating a medical condition when no other effective treatment was available. I had no other option to help reduce my tinnitus. This is why I feel compelled to become an advocate for cannabis decriminalisation, as I hate having to sneak around like a criminal.
My name is Lucy and I am a medicinal cannabis patient with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
I had to stop taking cannabis 13 months ago, not that it had any side effects, but because my employment restricts the use of cannabis-based products in the work place, and in our spare time. I work full time for a global pharmaceutical company and we have regular drug tests.
Pain can be gone or manageable in seconds to minutes, I can wipe out any bouts of fatigue in seconds, I eat, without it I have zero appetite and I sleep, on cannabis insomnia is not an issue. Which means everything else is easier to deal with. But I have to be a criminal to use it and it is very costly. My illnesses have taken my life away, I can't work, I can barely walk, but cannabis gives me hope of some sort of a normal life without persistent torture.
3 years ago I was so unwell I had to sell my travel agency business. At that time I was taking prescribed Gabapentin, diazepam, codeine, naproxen, fluoxetine and lansoprazole. I was in severe pain, couldn’t walk far, used crutches when I did and had no energy plus severe brain fog. I began using cannabis to treat pain symptoms and found relief enough to begin physio and Pilates plus swimming. My health slowly improved.
I am a 27 yr old man who has lived in 2 countries and many cities in the UK. I have used cannabis medicinally for the past 8 years, for chronic pain relief, sleeping difficulty, stress relief and I have also found it to aid in digestion. I have also used it recreationally for 2 years prior.
I have had a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Migraine, Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, Degenerative Spine Disease, Depression and Diverticulitis, amongst others. In this time my doctors have tried to treat my pain with Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, Gabapentin, Duloxetine, 30/500 Co-codamol, Immigran, morphine patches, voltarol patches and many, many more.
I am a 31 years old medical cannabis patient, living in London since 2015, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.
The last 11 years were an unending nightmare for me, caused mostly by Crohn’s disease and more recently by fibromyalgia, until I “discovered” and tried for the first time cannabis. It was literally a life changer!
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