darkemeralds: Vape pen with a blue mouthpiece, cannabis cartridge attached, emitting curls of vapor (Cannabis)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
Lately I've been hurting more than mere ibuprofen can handle--osteoarthritis, mostly, but a motherfucker of a toothache right at the moment.

So, though I've never been much for getting high, today I tried medical marijuana for the first time.

It took a lot of homework for me to get here. I read books, attended a workshop, and spent several hours on Leafly. I asked my doctor (who, as a naturopath, is all for it). I researched cannabinoids, terpenes, strains of sativa and indica. I read about the different dispensaries. Learned something about the labyrinth of laws surrounding legalization in Oregon. Became engrossed in delivery methods. Decided on vaping. Vaping is fast-acting and doesn't stink the joint up.

Harlequin is a sativa strain bred for high CBD and low THC, which translates to "pain relief without getting high", and my neighborhood dispensary sells it.

So off I walked to Kings of Canna on 15th and Prescott, and came home half an hour later with some paraphernalia and drugs.

A white zip bag, a vape pen with USB charger, a cannabis cartridge, some retail packaging

But look! It comes in retail packaging. There are USB chargers and LED indicators. The only baggie in sight was the fancy opaque white zip-lock bag mandated by the State of Oregon for carting the goods off-premises.

It's a couple of hours and several hits of Harlequin later, and behold! The tooth isn't really hurting anymore.

Heh. Maybe I need a new icon.
A vaporizer pen with a bright blue mouthpiece. A cannabis oil capsule is attached. The device is emitting curls of vapor

ETA: And I really don't feel high. Maybe a teeny bit hazy. I might have eaten a box of cookies...

Date: 2017-03-04 03:36 am (UTC)
unseelie: (fairystar)
From: [personal profile] unseelie
I'm using in the Bay Area; anxiety and sleep issues, banging on with my arthritic back.
I'm buying Kiva chocolates and using a 50/50% CBD/THC blend. 8mg on a painful night, 10-12mg when I'm hurting *and* my head is spinning (work, POLITICS, everything). I really like it, it does the knock-down job smoothly and I feel silly and happy, and in the morning the effects are gone without hangover - so it's better than a big ass glass of wine.

Date: 2017-03-04 05:31 am (UTC)
blueraccoon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blueraccoon
I could have helped with a lot of this. I use for migraines, and my go-to are actually capsules. But they take a while to kick in, so I have a routine, which goes like:

step 1: Notice incoming migraine, take pot capsules
step 2: crawl into bed for about an hour
step 3: surface enough to play on phone in bed
step 4: functional, also by this point high

But I use the THC because annoyingly CBD doesn't do much to help with the migraines. They do make CBD capsules though.

Date: 2017-03-04 09:28 am (UTC)
blueraccoon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blueraccoon
Edibles in general take longer to kick in than anything else. It takes about one and a half to two hours for them to really work for me, which is what accounts for my lying in bed. But once they do kick in, they're good for about 2-3 hours. Sometimes more, depends on what I've eaten or how often I've used recently or whatever.

The ones I take are just regular capsules filled with either coconut oil and cannabis extract or cellulose and cannabis extract. Standard "dose" for edibles in Washington is 10mg of THC per serving, but I usually take a lot more than that, although sometimes I don't have to. The more I've used recently, the more I will need to get relief, it's just like anything else in that exposure gives you tolerance.

There are extracts you can buy and make your own capsules, but I prefer to buy the pre-made ones. It's easier for me.

It has worked well enough for me that I no longer take oxycodone. I still need Phenergan sometimes, but I'm off the oxy.

Date: 2017-03-04 08:57 pm (UTC)
blueraccoon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blueraccoon
For a while I was alternating between oxy and cannabis (never together, oh god no) but I had to change pain doctors due to insurance and the new one told me I had to choose between the pot and the oxy. I opted for the one that leaves me functional (if not drive-safe) and works better than the oxy. And for what it's worth, I've now made it over two months without an ER visit. I may have turned into a bit of a stoner sometimes, though, but I figure I'm not hurting anyone, I get my stuff done, and it makes me feel better so no one can really complain.

I have a vape pen like you do, and I use it sometimes when I need a quicker hit than the capsules I usually take. I haven't found a vape cartridge I really love yet, though, and it tends to make me cough so I usually just stick to edibles.

The first time I tried pot I had a little disposable vape pen thing, and I didn't really know what I was supposed to do with it but a couple hits later my head didn't hurt for the first time in months. Just...nothing there. That was the point at which I said "Okay, this is worth trying more."

Date: 2017-03-04 03:58 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
Sounds like a very successful experiment! Also very medical and official looking; I'm impressed and amused.

Date: 2017-03-07 06:23 am (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Anything but opiates.
Plain old pot is my pain relief drug of choice!
Glad that you are doing some experiments!

Date: 2017-05-19 01:54 pm (UTC)
tehomet: (Cookies!)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
But why wouldn't you want the high? I thought, and then read through the comments. Oh! :)

I'm very glad you found something that works for you, especially as, rather terrifyingly, it seems ibuprofen may not be as uncomplicated as I once thought. I've been taking ibuprofen for period pain for literally years, and took it by the handful when I tore my rotator cuff recently. 0.o

Edited Date: 2017-05-19 02:43 pm (UTC)

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