4/20 . . . apparently the unofficial holiday of cannabis celebration.
Quite the controversial subject, no?
But this idea got me thinking about something similarly controversial . . . the use of medical marijuana for pain management.
It made me wonder how my readers and friends feel about this idea. Medicinal cannabis use. Pro or against? What do you think about this subject?
So I started doing research. Did you know that in Canada doctors are allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients with "severe arthritis pain"?
There are certain states in the US where, if you have a doctor who is comfortable with it, will allow marijuana prescriptions for certain conditions/illnesses/diseases.
It's an interesting idea. From someone who takes pain medication on a daily basis, I am always looking at alternative forms of pain management. (see: how food connects with pain, acupuncture, bio-feedback, meditation, etc.)
I also find myself worried about the amount of damage that could be done to my body from all the pain medicine in my system over the years.
So personally, I feel if there is a safe way to administer it, and responsible users, this could be a good option for people with chronic, severe pain.
Of course, there's pros and cons to everything. But I like to keep an open mind.
How do you feel about this? For those of you who use pain medication regularly, what are your views on different, alternative treatments? Have you found something that works wonders for you, or are you still struggling to get by?
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