• Medical Marijuana for pain management

    Asked by kelley_gleason on Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Medical Marijuana for pain management

    I hate how much pain medication I'm taking lately to function. I'm wondering about the use of marijuana for pain management. I can get a medical marijuana license in CO. Has anyone tried it. Better than all the heavy narcotics?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I personally have not use it, I have been lucky in that I have had minimal pain but have heard great things about it for pain management from those who have. It also know that it is great for controlling nausea and kick starting appetite.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I would have jumped at the chance to try it, mostly for nausea (I was taking something, besides the Emend, that had the nasty side effect of killing nerve ends. Marijuana doesn't do that!). Rock on, and shar your experience :)

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Kelly_gleason, I think you would have to find out from your local government whether the sale of cannabis is approved, but medical marijuana, or for that matter, marijuana in general, is used to increase an appetite and to control nausea. I have never had a patient who told me that it helped with pain, maybe someone else has had an experience where it has helped with controlling pain. I am sure it controls anxiety. The only thing it can do is relax you enough to allow your prescribed pain medicine to work more efficiently. Perhaps you should ask your oncologist for a pain management consult, they have many more options at their disposal and are well versed in analgesics. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Kelley,

      I agree with the answer that Carm gave you. Medical marijuana (which isn't legal in my state [NY {but where you can get synthetic marijuana by prescription}]) won't do all that much for extreme pain. It will help anxiety in some cases, but won't be great if you have an anxiety disorder as it can cause panic attacks under those circumstances. Its' chief role in cancer (my father had Chronic Leukemia before he died 3 years ago so I know) is to control the nausea from chemo and aid in getting appetite to return. It's truly not potent enough to address issues of extreme pain. I've done research (I'm a trained Medical Librarian). I sympathize with you! Try doing lots of things you enjoy - watching movies, having friends visit, whatever you like to see if those things help you need less painkillers. You might be surprised.

      Warm wishes,

      over 4 years ago
    • dbellamore's Avatar

      Unless you lean toward paranoia, it works great. Takes the edge off.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Yes, much better. For me, anyway.It helped with the pain, the anxiety and the nausea. And it relaxed me and helped me sleep.

      over 4 years ago
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