SHARE YOUR PAIN - ARTHRITIS PATIENTS TALK MARIJUANA
Lets talk Rheumatoid Arthritis and Marijuana
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Without further ado, we bring you a composite of several major conversations from the Facebook matrix... about Marijuana and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
RA Chicks : Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis Member submitted response by message:
Wende Harris Winchester Here is my opinion, I have smoked it for years illegally most of the time, since dx of RA and Lupus and several other diseases. I take several medications and because of all the medications I suffer from insomnia. I smoke pot now because it relaxes me...See More
Lisa Krusky Tate I live in British Columbia and joined a medical dispensary this year after doing some research.. I use a CBD tincture (drops under the tongue), marihuana honey for my tea, and a topical hash cream... They're all helpful and not intoxicating. They have lots of edible products and strains you can smoke, but I was looking for relief from pain and inflammation without the high.
Diane Miller Fuller it won't kill your liver most meds. just saying!
Carrie Seibel It may help with the SYMPTOMS, but not the RA itself. There is a difference
Debbie Schroder Apperson It does stop the progression of RA. Read this article of research. http://norml.org/library/item/rheumatoid-arthritis.
Cathy Totino Barrett It is legal (if prescribed by a doctor) in Ontario, Canada. It works. I had a reverse shoulder replacement February 28th and since using the pot (I smoke) it has reduced the pain and has allowed me to not use the pain meds as much. Since using right ...See More
Dana Sebek i'm a cancer nurse with RA, and our patients talk about using it all the time, especially for nausea. I don't ask of course where they get it, as our state is not set up to do it. Having never smoked a cigarette, I wonder if the high is just an escape...See More
Paloma Maciel i live in mexico and even if t is not legal you know you can get it and i can say yes yes yes it does help also a friend of mine made a sort of alcahol mixed with marijuana and y rub it on my knees and arms when im having a bad day and it does help alot!!!
Mary L Aull I use it for pain, it works & compared to the rx poisons, there is no problem
Stacee Meters I use it and get relief.
Rebecca Bratt Also, to the people saying it only is for pain and doesn't help the actual problem (ahem, Carrie seibel).. Wrong! Cannabis works to regulate your immune system. It also is an anti inflammatory. I have seen my swelling go down as a result of cannabis. It DOES reduce inflammation and autoimmune activity. And again, also helps with side effects (can't imagine taking mtx without it)!
Julie Kirtley I have found it to be very effective. Now that some states have legalized it there is more consistency with what you are dosing. Pain is minimized and sleep is possible
Denice Howard to each her own...accentuated my bad spots....were I to use again it would be solely for the purpose to help me forget, even only momentarily that I suffer this stupid illness!!!! LORL
Tiffany Staats Considering all of the dangerous prescription medications we already use to treat RA and our other various autoimmune diseases, the side effects of medical marijuana hardly seem an issue worth worrying about. We can inject chemo into our bodies on...See More
Angie Wink O'Connell "Joints for joints" study results. http://www.arthritistoday.org/.../medical-marijuana.php
Cheryl Goldstein Cirko-Hill I'm in pain 24/7. I've had 5 spinal fusions, hip and knee surgery and will be scheduling my 2nd ankle surgery soon. unfortunately i am fatally allergic to All forms of morphine, oxy, percocet etc. . I would try almost anything to help relieve pain incurred by RA and post surgery; but it is not legal in my state, hmmm. maybe I need to move! any suggestions?
Angie Rios Vallejo Biologics may slow down the progression but the side effects are horrible. Many times increased joint pain and swelling was a side effect. I would consider medical marijuana. It is no fun to be in pain. Sleepless nights, having to call in sick, not being able to do all the things I used to do due to the pain is a legitimate reason for me to say that yes, I would try it if it was legalized in my state.
Kathy Lindsay Joyce Legal in Washington State now. People say edibles are the way to go for Methotrexate nausea not sure about the pain. Doing my research for now.
Rebecca Ortolano Mancini I know people that use it for RA and swear by it. They don't smoke it, they drink it a tea. It is not legal where I am.
Julia Jewels King I used it for years and years thinking it was helping. it is illegal in the UK so I could only get the smoke able stuff. When i finally gave up because I quit smoking I realised that physically it had made no difference at all. it had relaxed me but it...See More
Jeni Champlin I smoke and it helps me tremendously. .. pills just make me a zombie
Giselle Macedo It works really well and in small portions it doesn't make you high. Much better than any pain killer!
Rebecca Bratt Marijuana helps me accomplish things that I would otherwise be in too much pain to.. Without the gi problems most pain killers bring! Also helps me eat when I'm on drugs that make me nauseous and/or lacking appetite.
Angie Wink O'Connell Effects of Indica (lower THC, higher CBN/CBD):
Indica generally more physical than cerebral (however, the relief of physical symptoms can have a positive psychological effect)
Sedation, pain relief and relaxation ...See More
Mirah Riben Relieving the symptoms does not stop the progression of the disease which leads to crippling and deformities. Biological do both - relieve the pain and swelling and stop the progression.
Debbie McCormick I'm in RI and it's legalized for Medicinal Purposes, I've had my license for 5 years now and don't know that I'd ever stop using it! I'm opiate dependent though can alter my daily intake with marijuana, my pcp was the first to suggest it, most of my spe...See More
Shelly Fazekas Privett I have tried it and found that it gives me a panic attack. It was kind of disappointing because I have heard from other users that it does work for the pain.
Noverta Davis-Dean I'm all for it if it helps live with the pain
Michel Winterburn The only thing it could help with is pain. When I was younger and smoked it, it only made my pain worse, it's I would fixate on the pain. But really it's a personal thing. It'll work for some not for others.
Arlene Molina Jeni, did u get it medically. If so how is the process.
Arlene Molina I was thinking the same if it's effective
Kai Collins-Frazer If it is high in CBD it does help (Doesn't give your the "high" just the benefit) However ALL medications... it only treats the symptoms. There is NO cure for RA, there is just therapies. The reason those of us who were on meds... have sought other resources. Without the side effects that damage the rest of our body- MTX, Plaq, Sulfa... and so on...
Nilsa Avalo im a mom of a person with ra- i have never smoke it , i have smelled it and it gives me headaches. Weird- everyone is different, but if it makes my child feel better then yes. If it was for recreational purposes of course not i wouldn't allow it. But she is a young adult so i would let her make that decision on her own but with her knowledge that i personally don't approve.
Mar Eds i tried smoking it back in the day but never d it. i would love to try the edible form though. i'm from canada and it's legal, but my rheumy would never go for that. he loves that i take celebrex for the pain. sigh. but he doesn't know i rarely if...See More
Patsy Horton Cheryl Goldstein Cirko it's legal in Colorado..
Pamela Skidmore Hill From what I understand medical marijuana is great for pain. That is the pills. If they made it legal here in VA I would use it for pain and not feel guilty.
Barbara Godshall Interesting to read the comments. I wouldn't smoke it I feel horrible around any smoke. Even the wood burner in the basement family room I can't stand. Capsules or a rub that might be different if approved in our state. I wouldn't judge anyone for ...See More
Kim Larsen AMAZING what it did to my pain levels... If you take a very small dose it will completely take away the pain and not make you high... I am very careful with it... Only use it when in a lot of pain and in very small doses...
Cheryl Dalla-Vicenza Juice it, or take it in a capsule then you get the pure cannabis that is how you get optimal pain relief. Smoking it makes you high and isn't so good for your lungs.
Paula Jones It can be just as effective as any other narcotic with similar effects to Vicodin or Percocet.
Karen Tutcher Austin I have a relative who says it's the only thing that helps with the pain of RA. She has no insurance, therefore, no meds.
Tanya Gerrard I have suffered for 16yrs with RA and spent the last two smoking weed only as bio's (enbrel) stopped working after 7rys.. Cimzia put me on my back for a yr sicker then a dog.. and mtx.. don't even get me started. the weed doesn't treat anything but gives you an appetite.. and helps with pain.. and being able to sleep.. I can now move my arm over my head.. and I've had less flares.. but best of luck to you..
Jeni Champlin Arlene Molina no I don't have a prescription. .. but I am lookin to move where I could get it. .. it really does help. .
Angie Wink O'Connell Arlene Molina
Here is the link regarding NJ mmj laws http://new-jersey.medicalmarijuana.net/.../understanding.../
Donia Hunter As a young adult of the 1960's who lived in California I am quite familiar with marijuana and its ability to alter feelings of all sorts. The question that begs that I haven't seen addressed anywhere is what is the possible damage to the body when it is ingested or smoked daily?. Do we know? Obviously smoking it daily will do a number on the lungs; what about eating it? Anyone know?
Doreen Meyer It helps me sleep thru all the aches and pains. I got a medical card before it was legal for everyone in my state...
Cynthia Butler Marsch I don't use it but my friends who know I have RA, strongly suggest it. They said in California, they dispense it in a lotion form. I