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MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND CFS, AN EXPERT OPINION
Posted: 22 May 2010 09:52 AM PDT
Throughout history humans have sought to relieve suffering. People with CFS have overwhelming symptoms that cause excruciating suffering. Medical marijuana (MMJ) helps relieve suffering. AND MMJ can help you in your recovery including getting off toxic synthetic medications.
Because MMJ is legal in California I've been fortunate enough to have legal access to the most benign but effective medication I've ever used. For me it's been effective in relieving pain and insomnia. In fact I used it to taper relatively quickly off that last sleeping medication I was on. I had tried for 5 years to taper the capsule I was taking without any luck. After using MMJ I was sleeping through the entire night without waking up at all!!!
The side effects of most medications only add to the suffering of so many people. Pain medications cause pain, anti-depressants cause depression, anti-anxiety medications cause anxiety, and sleeping medications cause insomnia. But MMJ effectively treats so many symptoms without side affects and without addiction problems that so many of these drugs cause.
I recommend using MMJ instead of synthetic chemical medications for the purpose of relieving the pain of post extertional malaise, and other chronic pain, insomnia, and even anxiety. I have to say it IS rather head trippy so you have to be prepared for the altered state of consciousness and I don't recommend using it every day all day. If you have to work or have to drive or other responsibilities you shouldn't use it. But if you're stuck at home because you have excruciatingly painful PEM or other pain, or you cannot sleep I recommend using it, if it's legal where you live.
No one but the person experiencing an episode of nasty PEM can understand the horrible misery. Isn't it incredible that MMJ can help relieve that misery and help you get through it?
I'll write more about how to use the best strain for your symptom, and have to also caution you if you're going to use MMJ edibles, do not eat an entire cookie or other baked good. Try a small portion first, and wait 90 minutes in between ingesting any more. Eating MMJ is less controlled than smoking it and you can overdose quite easily.
There's an enormous amount of media going on right now about medical marijuana and about marijuana in general including the film, "The Botany of Desire" by New York Times bestseller Michael Pollen and the Wall Street Journal piece below.