What gets better first?

We now have over 600 patients in our medical marijuana program with well over 200 data points. So some patterns are beginning to emerge.  One of the really common patterns is this:

  • sleep starts improving first with our first few adjustments
  • then daytime pain improves with more adjustments

This highlights the benefit of adusting the medical marijuana dose during the first few weeks: you can dial in better sleep, then keep the sleep good while you dial in daytime pain relief.  This is one very common pattern of getting better on medical marijuana.

 

Chronic pain and medical marijuana: overview

Here is an article with an overview of medical marijuana for chronic pain. Lots of studies are linked to.

Here’s an image from leafscience.com showing the endocannabinoid receptors that THC and CBD modulate.

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In short, both the THC and CBD in medical marijuana can help folks with chronic pain live their lives better. A lot of folks would rather NOT take their opiate pain medicine, if only they could find an effective alternative. I think our NYS legislators need to hear about this, don’t you?

Neuropathic pain and MM

Here’s a study in Pain from 2013. They showed that even low doses of Medical Marijuana can decrease neuropathic pain.  There was a significant difference between (no medical marijuana) and (placebo ), but less difference between actual doses (lo versus medium) of vaporized medical marijuana. So even a little bit of Medical Marijuan can work.

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Just more evidence that Medical Marijuan can help pain. Contact your NYS legislator and urge them to approve MM for pain !

 

Med Marijuana for Pain: which states?

Here’s an article from Leafly May 2016 listing Med Marijuana conditions approved (then) in which states.

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Medical Marijuana can be used to treat pain in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • DC
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Hey, I don’t see New York on this list !
Contact your NY State legislator and tell them to add pain to the list of approved  conditions  for the NYS  Medical Marijuana Program.