The wall of pain

I don’t think you can determine the amount of an “adequate supply” [of cannabis] for any patient depending on their medical condition.

I know doctors and the medical community like to parcel out the strength of drugs depending on the condition, especially for pain. If you have cancer, you are suffering from this much pain; if you just had surgery, we have decided you are suffering from this much pain; if you have migraines or cramps, you get this much pain relief.

I understand that a system for scheduling the strength of drugs is required, but it does not match the unique experience of pain that every person experiences — just one of the many reasons why it has failed.

This drug scheduling system is not really focused on the patient. In fact, it seems to take everything but the patient’s needs into consideration. And so patients have to create their own systems for treatment.

In my opinion, the MMJ system that has been created here in New Mexico, and the way it is evolving, does not allow patients the ability to create, plan, and manage their debilitating medical conditions. For instance, I don’t need a license to grow enough to make extracts — but other patients do.

But as a chronic pain patient, especially for such a long period of time, not only are my tolerance levels higher than the average patient, so are my pain levels. Which means stronger THC levels are needed. In fact, over a quarter of a century, I have never been able to decrease my pain levels — only stabilize them. (And that takes a lot of work.)

It’s like this… Some people receive pain relief from taking a Tylenol or an aspirin, but I cannot remember a time when that was true for me. There is a wall of pain that some drugs just can’t penetrate. And the higher the pain levels, the thicker the wall.

The last time I was in the hospital (for an unrelated surgery), I had a disagreement with the nurse over dosages of pain medication, as the doctor had prescribed one 10mg hydrocodone at a time. So I told her, there’s no point in my taking just one, it won’t have any effect. I’ll just skip this one and take two the next time I’m allowed to have something for pain.

I think this attitude confused the poor nurse, who at first disagreed with my plan, but came back about an hour later with two pills. Because as anyone who is involved with treating pain knows, it’s very easy for acute pain to blossom into something worse — creating problems and hazards for the whole treatment plan.

Unfortunately, I lost the battle when I was discharged, and was only given a small supply of pain meds to use for recovery. And let me tell you, that recovery took a lot longer, and was a lot more painful, than it needed to be. (It would have been a completely different story if I had been able to access medical marijuana at the time.)

I can’t say this enough… Free the weed.

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