We Are A Keyhole Looking For a Key
Location: United States
Occupation: Self Employed
- Chronic Nausea
- Chronic Pain
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe Arthritis
- Tobacco Addiction
I was diagnosed with a congenital disorder called Sticklers Syndrome Type III Non-Ocular by a orthopedic surgeon who had been made familiar with the rare condition through medical reading and diagnosed me through bone patterns in my face and legs. I also have 22 inches of stainless steel in my femur, many screws.
Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis
Since my early teens, I have had chronic pain and have had to have corrective surgery on my knees, ankles, and hip/femur in successive operations. I was an adolescent in the days when “free samples” of all sorts of unapproved anti-inflammatory drugs were being doled out and I was given different things for my pain - all of which had a deleterious effect on my digestive system and I had a problem with constant stomach aches. I was stricken with an inner hate for pills from the way they made my stomach feel and stopped taking anything in my early years of college when partying made it even harder to take a pain-reducer that made your stomach upset.
Additional info about this time in patient's life
My experiences with my rheumatologists in all three states that I lived in where abysmal. They acted like habituated pill pushers and I was very disappointed in the inability to help me with alternative modalities like getting swimming and massage covered under insurance as opposed to pushing pill solutions at me.
Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis:
Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 6
Path to cannabis
I had used cannabis from a very early age as it was prevalent in our social circles and trickled down from older siblings and house parties and things like that. I used it frequently through my early years of college just as a party enhancer and something to soften hang overs from binge drinking. When I moved to Oregon at 27, joined OMMP (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) did I begin to meet “community people” who had a rich and varied experience in extracting resins, ingestion, symptom diagnosis, and using various cultivars for various reasons. Marijuana became cannabis for me and I began growing for myself and making my own ethanol/dry sieve/bubble hash.
I have tried any uncountable number of cultivars and types of products to find what works for me and I still haven't pin-pointed exactly what works perfectly. I realized quickly that THC and CBD should eaten like a vitamin/nutrient every day regularly so that your body can metabolize the compounds in a preventative manner and you can deal with inflammation breakouts, sprains, extra heavy movements, or just coming back from a sickness when you are ingesting the cannabis plant's full spectrum of compounds.
Eating, vaporizing, topical balms, alcohol tinctures for sublingual have all been a part of my regiment to help combat my condition that makes every day "a new day of challenges".
How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life
The most distinct improvement in my life is my ability to cope with chronic fatigue, enhancement of my appetite, and down-regulation of my auto-immune system/metabolism. There are far to many secondary enhancements but increased creativity, increased ability to drive without rage, and increased ability to get a full-nights rest even through severe pain.
Under Doctor's Supervision?
Additional doctor supervision information
In Oregon, we are required to get a Doctor to write a prescription for "medical marijuana" but is a regulatory formality and Doctors do nothing to "guide you" unless you specifically as them for help or guidance. If you act like you don't need anything but a signature, they don't pretend to need to inform you of any "cannabinoid therapy support".
Additional info about discontinued medication
Yes - since having the ability to self-regulate my hashish ingestion through tinctures, I do not need to take aleve for any sort of pain reduction unless I have something come up irregular like an injury, inflammation breakout, or muscle soreness. My rate of dosing of Aleve Gelcaps is likely around 2 doses per 40 day interval with my cannabis regimen available to me.
Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances
Additional info about controlled substance use
Yes, I was able to quit smoking by vaporizing butane extracted hash oil on a skillet in 2009 after 10 years of cigarettes and a small amount smokeless tobacco. Becoming an OMMP patient allowed me to sample countless strains to find what helped me work through "nicotine fits". It was at this time that I began experimenting with eating large amounts of decarbed bubble hash and found that it had tremendous value for anything from insomnia to anxiety, to creative block, to impotency.
Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis
Additional info about lifestyle changes
Far too many to list. I found that drinking booze to excess, or even multiple hard drinks in one sitting was difficult after my regiment of hash ingestion became daily. I began finding that I enjoyed a vegetable based diet more-so than my sugar-heavy, meat-heavy, dairy-heavy diet I was raised on and perpetuated through habit. Using cannabis made me question every single self-subversive activity I engaged in, every utterance I've made in anger, and every action I took against another in my life. It has truly been a teacher-plant and a conduit to my higher aspirations and capacities as a human, and spirit having a human experience.
Additional info about medical Cannabis experience
I have also taken martial arts and qigong training as a result of my cannabis usage as I had a life-long dream to learn an integrated art that could be used for self mastery, self healing, and evolving my ability to function as a fully realized human being.
Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical
Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 6