Users of medicinal marijuana, why do you use it and how effective is it?
I was getting 2-3 migraines a month. I was recommended cannabis to help with the pain and/or make it easier to sleep it off.
It’s been 2 years and I still don’t know if cannabis will help get through a migraine because I haven’t had one since I smoked my first joint.
Cures my sleep walking. Ever since I was a teenager, EVERY night I would violently sleepwalk. One night I ran and jumped down the stairs in my house in my sleep. Got very injured. Went to the doctor, tried different sleeping medications. Nothing worked, still slept walked. Anxiety killed me, what if I ran out into the road when sleep walking? What if I die?
One day I was hanging out with friends, took a hit of cannabis and that night my sister commented that I didn’t sleep walk. Ever since then, I don’t sleep walk, granted I take at least one small hit from a vaporizer before bed. The nights that I don’t (Traveling, or something else) I sleepwalk every night. It’s the ONLY thing that can cure it.
I’m double majoring in Computer Science and Finance, I volunteer in my community, and pay my taxes. I consider myself a productive, good citizen, but in the eyes of the federal law I’m a criminal. The government would rather I be in fear for my life and injure myself.
I was in the military, had some injections and had a real bad reaction. I have had the same migraine for over 5 years. Medically retired at 24. Been to every kind of doctor and tried every pill. Nothing would touch it. Best case I would sleep through the worst of it. A close family member had been harassing me to try marijuana as pain relief and I vehemently refused because I was always the “good kid” and had barely even drank a beer at the time. One night I was feeling particularly rough and knew said person was coming over and I had him bring a joint. It was like night and day. I may still have a migraine every day but it’s so much more tolerable.
I started getting migraines when I was 12 (just ocular migraines but terrifying nonetheless) and started smoking weed around 17. I went a good 6 years without a migraine until these last couple months. I quit smoking weed in July. Weed kept me migraine free for 6 whole years!
What’s your hobby and what are some beginners tips? What’s the worst things Mankind has ever created? Nice Try, Jeff Sessions…
I started using ‘medicinal’, (it was not legal back then), marijuana many years ago. I was mainly using it for pain relief but it also really helped me sleep as some nights I am an insomniac.
After using it for a while my brain just switched and suddenly when I was high I was paranoid. I kept using for a while when one I day I said enough is enough, I had been stoned consistently for a long time now and it’s not even enjoyable?!
So now I was at a crossroads, I went back to my doctor and started taking prescriptions every day which SUCKS. At the time he mentioned CBD as a possible course although I would have to source it myself. I tried it, fell in love and have never looked back. CBD gives you most of the benefits of medicinal marijuana without the high, as it’s not possible for some of us to be high all the time while being the best people. THC free oil has given me a new lease on life.
After 6 years of daily smoking my brain went weird and i started having anxiety attacks every time I got high. I went on a trip and couldn’t bring my weed on the plane. Just never bothered to smoke again after that. Definitely plan on looking into some CBD or indica solutions now though. I literally never put 2 and 2 together that my lack of migraines was due to my stoner habit until this thread.
My husband suffers from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) from a very bad car accident 5 years ago. Marijuana helps regulate his mood as he has extreme temperament and anger issues now. He also has crippling anxiety and it helps with that as well. Plus the multitude of pain issues he has and seizures..It’s been an absolute lifesaver for him honestly.
I have chronic pain and PTSD. Medical marijuana has replaced opiod based pain killers, OTC pain meds, and benzodiazepines. In my experience, it has proven to be extremely effective for pain management, mood and anxiety management, and insomnia.
Permanent nerve damage in my spine. When it flairs, the pain can be world ending. I can’t breathe or move. Literally 3 minutes after ONE hit, I can relax ever so slightly that it becomes manageable. I think of like this: I built a little paper sail boat. I feel every little crease I’ve folded, I’m anxious for it to be perfect. I can’t take my mind off it but I want to let it sail on the lake if I could only let it go but I continue to grip it tighter. It consumes my every thought and I just want to let it go but I can’t and everything is getting worse. I’m crushing my little paper sail boat. Please let it go I tell myself. ONE hit and 3 minutes later… my hand can relax enough to let it sail away. It’s ok. It will be ok.
This is what medical marijuana can do for me when all other remedies seem to fail again and again. I get to let go just a little bit. It’s enough.
I use “medical” marijuana daily (my doctor is aware and recommends it, but it’s not technically legal in my state, hence Quote: s) for my depression and anxiety. I’ve had diagnosed persistent major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety for over 10 years now, and I’ve tried TONS of different things to get me to a consistently functional, stable state. Marijuana does that. It mitigates any anxiety attacks, helps elevate my mood, helps me sleep better, and makes it easier to be social and engaged in my life.
I use a combination THC/CBD concentrated oil in a vape pen and it allows me to stay on a slightly lower dose of antidepressants and I’ve completely stopped using Xanax.
Have it for PTSD. It’s weird but it keeps me from having dreams, which is super awesome. Also helps me keep my anger/temper in check. Really pretty amazing how drastically it’s changed my outlook on life.
Isn’t it amazing how just knowing that you will get a break from the pain makes it so much easier to deal with?
Any particular reason why you quit?
Cannabis has a very interesting effect on sleep, and dreams in general (in my experience). For instance, cannabis is basically a ‘dream inhibitor’ for me. While i still have dreams while im medicating regularly, theyre rarely memorable and dont seem to last very long.
When i take a break from cannabis i sometimes wake up feeling like ive been asleep for weeks. My dreams become vivid. About as close to real as my tiny brain can distinguish. Its a bit bizarre.
Anyways im no scientist but i think cannabinoids can play a strong role in sleep patterns in certain people. Miracle drug? Probably not. But there is serious psychological potential here
When I’m hungover I smoke weed and I feel better immediately
If you’ve been there the whole time, I’m guessing you’re thankful for the MJ as well.
I have Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. I’m on a pharma drug that works but the short term side effects suck and the long term side effects are potentially lethal. Because I still take that pharma drug I don’t know exactly how effective the marijuana is unless I get off the pharma drug and wait until I have a seizure, which is terrifying and very dangerous. I’m sure it helps, however, as there’s a ton of evidence and cases elsewhere. I do everything within my power to help myself. I take a very high dose of omegas, lecithin, salmon oil, and cod liver oil. I also eat keto, which has shown to reduce seizures. And I don’t drink alcohol.
Marijuana is a flower. It can be bred and extracted to be ultra CBD concentrate with almost no THC. Neither of which is bad for you. Please support the legalization. It really, truly makes people’s lives healthier.
I live in a recreational state so I don’t have a technical med card. Having one actually bars me from having a Concealed Carry, but that’s a whole other trip down the bureaucracy rabbit hole.
I use cannabis medicinally to treat symptoms of adult ADD. I had a bad bout of addiction with amphetamine salts a few years back so stimulant medications aren’t a smart option for me. Though weed acts differently on the brain I still get benefits. With stimulants I could organize my whirlwind thoughts. With weed the whirlwind slows way down and I can catch a break.
I’ve also been using it to deal with other addictions. It helped me quit both amps and opioids. I’m currently working on quitting drinking and weed is crucial in that process.
I know this is a joke, but Jeffy got replaced.
This happened to me and I got severe anxiety every time I smoked. I took a pretty long break and have had success with smoking CBD flower with like 15% CBD and 10% THC.
Absolutely. I love him with all my heart, but I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a rough journey to get where he’s at today.
I have been off of it for 4 weeks now because I am trying to find a job. Having the nightmares come back has been hell. Some nights it feels like my body is waking me up evert 90 minutes to keep me from dreaming. Most inportantly I need to keep my sleep routines so ther depression doesn’t spiral out of control.
Period cramps, works like a charm plus pain killers give me bad headaches
That’s awesome you are off the xanax man!
Cannabis will be legal everywhere soon enough, here’s to sooner than later!
I need to go pick some CBD oil for my old doggo. She has arthritis. Fortunately, it’s legal here so no problems.
Another amazing thing about CBD is that it actually removes the anxiety from THC if you combine the two together (as nature intended). “Wild” marijuana contains a good dose of both THC and CBD, but selective breeding over the last few years has resulted in a dramatic increase in THC and a large decrease in CBD, which is why current commercial marijuana tends to give many users anxiety.
Just wanted to say this is a beautiful explanation of a terrible situation. Glad there is something that can help.
Meet the new Jeff Sessions, same as the old Jeff Sessions.
I have spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and had a bad reaction to an anti-spasmodic I was taking. I got sick of taking 7 pills every day just to function and I was always groggy and nauseous from painkillers. I got a medical marijuana recommendation from my doctor in college. Initially I smoked via pipe or bong but I’ve moved on to vaping concentrates and taking CBD capsules. Its very effective, cut down my medication intake significantly, and doesn’t seem to give me any of the weird side effects I used to deal with. All in all, best thing I’ve done for my health in a long time.
Sadly it’s not legal here, but I used to self-medicate with it from time to time. Helps with my depression, anxiety, comfort eating, ADHD and anger.
Any drug that induces sleep will block rem sleep unfortunately. Rem sleep is the most important stage because it gives the most restful and rejuvenating sleep out of any kind. It’s necessary for resetting your brain. If you take a break from smoking weed you’ll immediately start getting more restful sleep and have VIVID dreams
I’ve heard that amount and the strain of marijuana matters in anxiety and mood management. Too much or the wrong strain, anxiety attack likely
Crazy! Are you using CBD oil? I’ve been using that and it’s done me wonders. Can’t complain at all!
Marijuana helps regulate my sleep. Prior military. Marijuana holds my arthiritic symptoms at bay. Marijuana cools tempers and regulates my other anxious moods. Marijuana doubles my appetite as I’m certain I have an undiagnosed eating disorder. Also, Marijuana is the only Hang Over nullifier I know of. Atleast one which has you feeling much better while recovering.
I use for anxiety and it works greay as long as i get the right strains. Indica dominant is good buy most sativas make it worse so I avoid them
Going to be quite honest but lately ive seen an influx of CBD related reddit posts and an overwhelming amount of them mention naturearc and i cant help but feel this is some shallow attempt at advertising
I hope you get some long term relief soon. That sounds awful
I have VIVID nightmares so I am good on that. I don’t have those when I am medicating.
Same. High CBD content oils and concentrates are wonderful.
Weed oil without THC? Doesn’t get you high?
What is this sorcery?
Rhumatoid Arthritis? CBD is hella good for that!
I used to drink 3-6 beers every night after work when it was a really shitty boss or whatever. I started smoking pot and I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol in almost a year, and the change was almost immediate for me.
Wonder if this would work for Cluster Headaches (aka suicide headaches, migraines from hell)
You’re the second person I’ve seen who lives in an illegal state, but uses a vape pen. Where do you get it from?
I used to vape in California after multiple TBIs, but moved to a state where it’s illegal. The headaches are killer, but I’m afraid of buying and smoking flower.
It’s like the same thing in the prohibition era. Decent, productive citizens now are hardened criminals in the eye of the law
This is a good example of why having it legal so you can have a regulated market is really helpful. Buying it off the streets you never know what degree of Indica / Sativa you’re getting, but if you can walk into a store and get a strain that’s 85% Indica it makes a world of difference for medical use.
I am definitely going to experiment with this. I was just at the club yesterday and saw a strain that was 14% CBD and less than 1% THC. Legalization in my state has opened up a whole new world for medicinal marijuana.
Replace “seizure medicine” with “anti-spasmodic” and you have my experience as well. Medical marijuana has been more effective in managing muscle tightness and spasticity than any of the pills I tried and it doesn’t have the same debilitating side effects.
I was thinking of trying this some time.
It absolutely does. Like with any other medication, you’re always best to get reliable information from a doctor in the know, person working behind the counter at a dispensary, etc. to make sure that you’re not going to get stuck in a crummy ordeal. The people that work at dispensaries are familiar with the strains and products that they sell and are usually more than happy to help guide you in the right direction. I personally have a few different strains to help with my various needs. Every single professional that I have spoken with about medical marijuana has recommended microdosing – when you start with the tiniest possible amount – to help figure out what amount works best for the individual’s needs.
It is absolutely amazing that you stuck with him through thick and thin. It makes me feel happy that there are good people like you in the world.
Epilepsy, works 100%. I’ve been seizure free since I’ve started using THC concentrates daily, almost three years ago now.
I have an auto-immune disease (Ulcerative Colitis) along with depression, anxiety, C-PTSD, chronic pain, back injuries and Borderline.
There are many pros and cons but the biggest pro is with pain management and the fact that I no longer take 15 medications, including narcotics, to manage my conditions.
I prefer sativas and the higher the CBD the better.
Yup, I hardly ever drink anymore since I discovered weed, highly preferable for me, and especially now that I’m getting serious about athletics. But on those rare hangover days, it definitely helps a ton.
I did an internship in Seattle last summer and then moved back to my state where it isn’t legal. I can’t smoke due to medical reasons but I would buy weed in chocolate or cookies and eat one an hour or two before bed.
I have a REAL hard time sleeping. Any noise besides my fan will wake me up and I’ll be up for hours. Falling asleep is the hardest part of my day. When taking a small microdose of THC each night I slept like a baby. Best 3 months of my life.
Now I’m back to worrying about how my day will be tomorrow based on how shitty I sleep today :/
Edit: Lot of people telling me to just break the law and do it anyways. As someone with a good job and a family, this is a very bad idea.
When you realize something gives you panic attacks it becomes really really easy to quit.
CBD should help. It’s amazing stuff
Hang in there brother. Best of luck to you and your endeavors. Have a wonderful day.
That’s one of the things I’ve always found interesting about weed. I smoke pretty much daily and have off and on for a few years. I emjoy it, it’s relaxing, it’s social, and I can still wake up in the morning refreshed and ready for work. But I can’t casually mention going home and smoking a bowl after a long day like my coworkers can talk about having half a bottle of wine.
It’s the best man
I live close to DC and get it all legally there, then just carry it back to my legal state.
I dont use medically, but before she died my great grandmother did for her MS. She went from multiple seizures a day and stuck in a hospital bed with a life expectation of a couple months at most to almost no seizures, able to go home, and she lived for 3 more years
The vet “mentioned” it. He didn’t tell me exactly what type it is, but that’s what I’m guessing. My pup has crazy allergies that have resulted in a lot of antibiotics being pumped through her system so apparently CBD oil will help limit the amount of drugs being processed by her little body.
I’m a veteran and deal with a lot of issues ranging all over the spectrum, CBD oil from Hemp doesn’t have ANY THC in it and I put it in my vape juice and have CBD gummies. Definitely changed my outlook on marijuana which seemed beneficial even before I separated from military service. Now that marijuana is so strong when I smoke it I get very paranoid. CBD gets me exactly what I need without any side affects so I’m happy too. Insomnia, PTSD, body pain, anxiety. All of it is under control with just a low dosage of CBD.
Yea! It’s actually extracted from hemp, marijuana’s sister plant. Hemp has very little THC, and the company I buy from ( naturearc ) uses a C02 extraction process that pulls out no THC whatsoever. Pretty cool stuff!
I use audio books when I’m out of medicine or can’t take it for whatever reason. I love physics but am certainly no physicist, so there are a lot of concepts that just overwhelm my brain because it so hard for me to get my head wrapped around those concepts intuitively (like general relativity). So as I’m going to sleep I stick a headphone in and turn on the book. I use the timer and almost always fall asleep before the timer shuts the app off. If I wake up during the night I restart the book and usually fall back to sleep fairly quickly. But that’s how I overwhelm my head when it’s quiet and dark. Entropy is withering fire for anxiety.
Edit: uh, I seriously thought I was the only one who thought of doing this. Apparently we all have anxiety.
I use it to calm my anxiety, and to help me fall asleep. I have insomnia due to my anxiety so I smoke it or eat gummies(they’re really good) to help calm myself down so I can sleep. I live in Canada now, so it’s legal recreationally so I use it in that sense too, but it always helps me fall asleep, better than any sleeping pill I’ve ever used. I’m a huge advocate for full legalization everywhere because cannabis has a wide range of medicinal uses, such as CBD for pain, flower for sleep and anxiety relief, and honestly sativa is great if you just want to giggle and have a good time (safely, of course.). I definitely recommend it.
Be very careful with this. If you go to the VA and are drawing a medical pension, if they decide to drug test you and you pop I believe they can disqualify you. I was wrong.
In many people it does, but your mileage may vary!
Scoliosis, better than popping the perks prescribed to me by a bunch of imbeciles 👍🏿
It is for sure.
I’ve heard that magic mushrooms can provide relief from cluster headaches. I am not a doctor, I don’t suffer from cluster headaches and I don’t know anyone who has tried this kind of treatment but I read about it and seen a documentary on the subject a while back. I wish researchers could more easily loom into this, it sounds like it could alleviate unimaginable pain for a lot of people.
Have you considered psilocybin? I’ve heard it is very good for the treatment of chronic headaches.
A gram of weed gets you more time than a convicted foreign agent these days. Sad times.
-Like at a wedding.
Thank you. It’s my hope that with open minds and more stories about the benefits, we may be able to stop the demonization of such a helpful plant. Let’s keep moving forward ☺️
Not better than anyone else, just rolling with the punches! Thank you though!
My dog has super bad anxiety about going on long car trips so we give her a few cbd drops on a treat and he helps her relax more.
Occasionally I get migraines with aura. My symptoms include visual changes, pain, photophobia, nausea, vomiting and anxiety. Smoking marijuana alleviates all my symptoms, although I still can’t function properly because the mj makes me super paranoid.
I have migraines at least once a month and I’m seriously considering taking edibles but I haven’t had it in like 6 months and I’m considering buying some again in case I get a migraine just to help me sleep when I have one. I’m getting tired of taking pain killers since it seems like I get a higher tolerance for it and so it doesn’t help the pain unless I take a good amount in a day.
His information is also incorrect, The CO2 doesn’t “leave behind” THC as is implied, it’s just a cleaner extraction process. Also CBD plants are not Cannabis THC plants sister, CBD “Hemp” has just had the THC bred out of it whereas THC heavy plants have had that bred into them.
It is extremely effective against migraines.
For anyone wanting to quit any havit, that’s exactly how you do it.
1- want to quit
2-once you’re without it, you’ll see you can live without it
Edit: No2 was summarized because i was typing with one hand and rushing lunch… but mainly i meant if something kept you away from it long enough(could be an illness not relevant to it or just pure inaccessibility), then you’ll realize you can live without it.. i quit ciggies that way too so i know. And yes it doesn’t necessarily apply to serious addictive substances.
Damn that sucks. That’s a big stack of issues for it to help with.. wow
There are a few studies out there that demonstrate that frequent marijuana use (self-medicated) can worsen cases of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia (and also healthy patients to an extent). There’s probably some amount of brain chemistry which gets disrupted, however the research generally shows that stopping usage has no long term negative effects in terms of psychosis.
That’s why the Canadian system is great. Every lot is tested for THC, CBD, and Terpene content.
THC from 0.1 to 30% and CBD from 0-25% labeled right on it.
Psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms) is supposed to effectively treat cluster headaches and some mental ailments like PTSD. Iirc, some cluster headaches sufferers have used a low monthly dose of psilocybin to effectively eliminate the condition. Unfortunately, psilocybin is classified as schedule 1 under federal law, deemed to have no medicinal value and is inelgiable for research.
Harley tsu was the first one I had ever tried. It was less than 1% thc. It was the first time I had ever relaxed.
I used to have to go through physical therapy every other week. I haven’t been in a year.
We all have to get better at calling it Cannabis, especially when referred to in a clinical sense.
‘Marijuana’ was a term doctored by the US gov’t during initial criminalization and demonization of cannabis use, blaming Mexican immigrants on the rise of recreational use of Cannabis, and thusly the slang term ‘marijuana’ was born during the reefer madness campaign.
I have terrible gastrointestinal issues and have had to take promethazine to keep from throwing up throughout my life. Medical marijuana has changed that. A quick dose can settle my stomach long enough to hydrate and keep myself from being hospitalized.
Yeah. Sadly, It’s not the best using it from dealers cause I never got a feel for how much or how strong it was. So sometimes I’d be too high to work and other times not high enough to have bothered.
Would be great if it was more regular.
My lady eats a little bit of butter we keep frozen when her cramps get really bad, it changes her mood, energy level and pain level drastically.
Same thing for me. About anxiety. Used to smoke a lot the first two years of college. Then all of a sudden it started to give me panic attacks. I quit right then and there and never started back up.
Same dude. Try out white widow if you live in a legal state/country. My anxiety gets super bad and lately a lot worse than normal. A sativa will make me have an existential crisis but white widow is the perfectly balanced hybrid for me when I want to just hang out and enjoy some freetime instead of just going straight to sleep or continually suffering.
Yeah it’s a strange thing. I know a lot of people who started getting serious anxiety when high after being hardcore stoners for years without a problem. Maybe an overload of cannabinoid in the body or something? Many I know were able to start back up again after a prolonged break though.
You too huh? I would rather smoke than drink anymore.
My husband also has PTSD. He had horrible dreams and very vivid after Desert Storm. Also anger/temper issues as well. It works wonders for him and has for 20 + years. I can vouche about it keeping his anger/temper in check. It is definitely a wonder drug!
That’s fucked, but I would expect nothing less from a government incompetent enough to consider marijuana a class 1 drug.