“Marijuana saved my bacon…”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/10/doctors_pioneer_pot

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10/4/2015, Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute

Witman, who works out of a Fall River Canna Care clinic, says he has treated about 80 patients who were addicted to opioids, muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety medication with cannabis using a one-month tapering program. More than 75 percent of those patients stopped taking the harder drugs, Witman said.

Cannabis, Witman said, can treat the symptoms patients had been using opioids to manage, such as chronic pain or anxiety — and treat them far more safely…

Howard Bart, a patient at Dhanabalan’s clinic, knew very little about medicinal marijuana before his wife researched the topic online. He says it has been a life-changer for him:

After four back surgeries, he had been on various painkillers for more than 20 years — until he started taking cannabis this year. He has not had a pill in seven weeks.

“The marijuana saved my bacon from discomfort and pain every time,” he said. “My doctor told me it has something to do with receptors. All I know is, it works.”

5 thoughts on ““Marijuana saved my bacon…”

  1. As someone who suffers from multiple spine conditions and a lifetime of chronic pain, I find cbd products and marijuana to be the best relief for my spasms, pain, and insomnia. But in California you must choose, pain meds or pot. You can’t have both. It’s a horrible system.

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    • I was surprised to learn that I prefer bud over prescription medications. And about choosing one over the other, I think there’s been some movement in allowing veterans to choose both, so you might want to check into that.

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      • I am not a veteran. I am just a single mom with 18 spine conditions, pain since age 11, on permanent disability. My dad is a veteran and he was given grief over his choice of weed, so I’m glad to know he now has options but for me I have to wait for the government to get it together.

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        • What I meant was that once veterans have the right to choose both, then those rights usually follow for everyone else. Of course, it also depends on which state veterans live in. But you’re right, it takes time. Sorry you’ve been in pain for so long. Mine didn’t start until my early 20s, but even so, it’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t have constant pain.

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