I'm too early into my own experiment to really report, but to respond to a few things: (1) it's not "borderline" if it's legal in your state. It's LEGAL. You will have to put up with the slight uneasiness of knowing it is still illegal under Federal law. But in my state, it's been made very clear at the highest levels that the state is not at all interested in helping enforce the Federal law. (2) You don't have to ask your own doctor for a recommendation, there are numerous doc-in-the-boxes around who will write one for you for the cost of one office visit. I don't know firsthand how most "regular" doctors would respond but I have so many problems with my HMO that I didn't want to get into it with them. At the doc-in-the-box, I filled out many forms indicating my medical problems and did not exaggerate a single thing. Chronic pain was my primary complaint. (3) The doctor will ask you some questions but it is pretty much a rubber stamp. I asked specifically if there is any contraindication against MM use and he said "Heart disease." He didn't know anything about chronic fatigue syndrome, of course, but it's better to get into the specifics of your symptoms - pain, insomnia, etc. - because those are things that MM is approved for. In actuality there is a lot of latitude for the doctor to decide that MM would be "beneficial" to pretty much any medical problem, which is why it's absurdly easy to get MM. (4) There was no physical exam whatsoever. The doctor did take the opportunity to lecture me on how my various sufferings are "a blessing" and how they were "happening for a reason," etc. Nothing I hate more than that kind of talk, but I basically kept a straight face, nodded, and wrote it off to the effects of having a captive audience. I don't plan to ever see that doctor again. (I will need an annual renewal for my paperwork, but I can go elsewhere for that.) (5) The doctor doesn't tell you anything specific about what kind of MM to get, how to use it, etc. You have to get all that info from the dispensary, or through your own research. The dispensary I went to was pleasant enough and the people there fairly knowledgeable about medical uses, which kinds are better for pain, etc. (6) Try to refrain from giggling at the silly, silly names for all the strains. (7) If you're not used to smoking MJ you might find this the hardest learning curve of all. I thought I was good to go, even though I've never smoked pot in my life apart from once when I was 16, because I've occasionally smoked cigarettes over the years and actually enjoy cigarettes. (I seem to be one of those oddballs who doesn't get addicted to nicotine.) But smoking pot is different from smoking tobacco and I've definitely had to learn new habits. I don't know yet whether I'm going to continue with this experiment, but I know for sure I'm going to need to try out different strains before I decide if it's really beneficial. So far, it does seem as though the sativa types do reduce my bodily pain (particularly the muscle aches) and seem to induce a nice bodily relaxation that cuts down on the "wired but tired" feeling.