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From 16mg of hydromorphone to concentrates

Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: Canada
Occupation: Sales

Patient History

Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Back & Neck Problems
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Additional Conditions

bipolar, reoccurring kidney stones, chronic kidney and back pain

Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis

before I started using medical cannabis concentrates I could not keep up with my pain management, I could hardly sleep, I didn’t have an appetite, the prescriptions I was taking were causing unwanted symptoms, my life was deteriorating or at rock bottom.

Additional info about this time in patient's life

Advice to myself; don't beat yourself up about using medical marijuana and don't be ashamed of your pain. I wish doctors were more like that too but i fell like it's going to be a long time before the medical industry begins to use cannabis for treatments. Also you can't get 100% rid of pain, some you'll have to just cope with.

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 1

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

I knew that concentrate had helped me with minor pain in the past and I had heard it can be used for more severe conditions. I didn’t think it was possible with the amount of pain I was in but I gave it a try anyway and was pleasantly surprised. I started by supplementing concentrates with the prescriptions I was on and it was really helpful but the opiates kept being problematic. A few months later of desperate attempts to get off opiates, I was off opiates and only using cannabis concentrates. this was from December 2017 to May 2018 roughly

Products Tried

I've tried almost everything. The best for me are Phoenix Tears/Rick Simpson oil(600mg THC, 1% CBC, 1.5% CBG, 2% CBD), Kind Selection BHO (Death Bubba, The One, Kraken, or Lindsay OG), CBD Isolate (99.9%), and sometimes I'll buy some indica shatter if it's on sale like Phyto Extractions. I find that smoking buds is too harsh for me since I am consuming a lot of cannabinoids. I do from time to time but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my pain solely smoking weed. I wish I had a volcano vape. With legalization coming up they are making concentrate illegal... I don't know what I'll do.

Patient Experience

How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life

I am more capable of managing pain, more able to eat and have an appetite, much better sleep, and the CBD greatly reduces the inflammation in my kidney(it gets so inflamed it pushes out my rib cage and is painful). I also noticed that when I incorporate more cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBC, and CBG I can control my pain management more.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

No

Discontinued Medication

Yes

Additional info about discontinued medication

I am no longer on prescription opiates or opiate substitutes. For me this includes hydromorphone, codene, and suboxone.

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Yes

Additional info about controlled substance use

I quit drinking(alcohol) and I quit cigarettes and changed to vaping nicotine, I was sick and coughing a lot. I change to vaping nicotine and my lungs haven't felt this good in years. I know it's not fully quitting but it makes a huge difference.

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

No

Additional info about medical Cannabis experience

I wish we knew more about all canabinoids and that they were more available. TCH is clearly the main canabinoid and it extremely effective, but I frustrates me that in my feeble attempts to do my own research, I have found an unmatchable relief from a combination of cannabinoids. There needs to be more research done, it won't be hard to prove their uses... its frustrating

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 5

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