Medical Cannabis and CBD

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  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 338Moderator Moderator
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    @Derrick my husband has found that kush strains work really well for spasms and creating more relaxation in the body. There is various kinds of kush widely available (like Bubba Kush, Island Kush, Pink Kush, tuna Kush etc etc ) so its easy to find them at pretty much any store that sells - brooke
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Derrick
    Hey Derrick,
    I avoid indicas.  They can weird me out and definitely prevent me from falling asleep.  I stick with the sativas.  There is a brand I like that was created by a veteran called Rescue 22 Sleep.  There is a plain Rescue 22 but get the Rescue 22 Sleep.  It reduces my spasms and helps me get a good night's sleep.  We are all different though and you may have to experiment until you find something that works well for you.  The employees at the dispensaries are usually pretty knowledgeable and can help as well...

    Joe
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 209Moderator Moderator
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    @WAGSofSCI Thank you for the info! I want to look into that vaporizer. @cruiseybabbby If you don't want to vape I would recommend edibles. However eating it verse smoking will give you a different feeling. I also think there is a difference between vaping with an oil cartridge and vaping the flower. The healthiest way to smoking cannabis would be by vaping the flower. I admit, some of the cartridge oils that I vape are not good and hurt my lungs. 
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
  • housecatfrostyhousecatfrosty Posts: 8Member
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    (SCI}  My pain specialist 7 years ago suggested I smoke pot and it the pain wasn't significantly reduced within 10-15 minutes  try my oral pain med of choice. Six years ago I had a pain pump implanted in my buttock.with the catheter winding up around my spinal cord After many dose increases it greatly decreased the pain.  A month ago Baclofen was added to the pump for severe limb spasms,  I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow.  At the lowest dose of Baclofen the spasms are significantly reduced, but I am sleeping a great deal.  I'm sorry this is run-on but my arm spasms make writing difficult.
    I was happy to see this post because I rarely use pot anymore.  Now  I will try it for spasms and try the vaps my husband has and swears by.  Thank you so much for providing this information.
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  • Melody_LacyMelody_Lacy Posts: 16Member
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    Crucker said:
    Zcollie, vaping has never worked for me and I worry about lung damage from smoking. Any suggestions?
    Dear @Crucker,
    If you want to try THC and only if you live where it is legally safer to try it (which I do not), here is a tried and true recipe:
    Read the entire recipe before you begin.  Measure all ingredients before you begin. 
    In a small skillet over medium heat melt half a cup of coconut oil. Add three tablespoons of finely chopped or sifted dry strong THC containing herbal flowers without stems or seeds.  Cook while stirring until just golden and only beginning to brown.  Quickly add one cup of cold maple syrup and take the skillet off the heat.  Add a cup and a half of cooked sweet potatoes and half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger. Stir well. Cover until completely cool.  On a piece of plastic wrap, plop the mixture and squish it into a log, using the plastic wrap to help shape it.  Roll it up so it looks like a sausage.  Freeze.  Unwrap and use a very warm knife to slice off a small sample.  Key word "small".  You can enjoy it cold or put it on a biscuit and warm it up.  Try it when safe and in privacy.  Negative side effects can include paranoia, but that usually means too many people are around.  You may then, after experimentation, try larger slices but do not gobble it up even though it is delicious.  It keeps well in the freezer for up to 9 weeks.  
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    Good luck with the acupuncturist. I saw one for a couple of months, but not for pain, for possible movement recovery. Didn't help. Appreciate your thoughts on cannabis. I think vaping is the way to go for me. Now I just have to find the right vap.
  • DJWheelyBarsDJWheelyBars Posts: 3Member
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    Any type of CBD that gets rid of spasms?? There is a lot of comments... I’m assuming it’s been told, but if someone could catch me up that’d be great! 
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 209Moderator Moderator
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    @DJWheelyBars Check out this website https://www.lazarusnaturals.com 
    They give a lifetime 60% discount to anyone with a long term disability, low income and VA. I use the 3000 mg bottle of full spectrum oil. It helps with my spasms. 
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Zcollie
    Thanks a lot for that information.  I have sent them a message asking for some guidance.  I thought it was cool that they are located in Seattle, at least based on the area code, and even more pleased that they aren't just some other business trying to rip off the paralysis community.  Offering a 69% discount is very gracious of them.  I asked for general information about the different forms of CBD.  I will keep you informed.  

    Joe
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @DJWheelyBars&nbsp
    @DJWheelyBars
    I posted on zcollie's post about the website he referred you to.  I looked at their site and was pretty impressed.  They really seem to care and have concern about helping people.  They consider all aspects of their business, like research, government affairs, farming, everything seems to be organic and offering a 60% discount is unheard of in today's age of corporate greed and malfeasance.  As I said, I will keep everyone informed.

    Joe 
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Crucker
    Hey Crucker,
    I don't think I will be going back.  I maybe had some temporary relief but nothing permanent.  My wife did say she saw improvement in my circulation.  In the morning when I first get out of bed you can observe blood pooling in my calves from poor circulation.  I also have type 1 diabetes so that may be playing a part.  I did three treatments and the blood pooling is back already as is the tiny bit of relief I had with my nerve pain.  Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.


    Joe
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 209Moderator Moderator
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    @iamdadman Great! Let me know what they say(:
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 338Moderator Moderator
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    Update: My husband just tried the hybrid strain “Platinum Girl Scout Cookies”. It’s a new strain and so far, this seems to be one of the best for him for daytime that he’s tried. It’s just enough indica to help with spasms but it’s main side effect is an uplifted mood and happiness with the sativa element. It’s great! 
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @WAGSofSCI
    I am going to try it...
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    Joe, here's a quick story re my acupuncturist. Only a couple of weeks after leaving the hospital for the first time, I had a frightening moment when I lost consciousness and a thousand images entered my mind at the same time. Of course, I thought it was exhaustion and went home to rest, though I continued to feel out of breath. I had an appointment already set with the acupuncturist, thinking maybe he could help. As I got out of the car in front of his office, I completely passed out. He took one look at me and told me to get to my Western doctor. I did as instructed and was quickly diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and rushed by ambulance to the ER. A few more blood clots building up in my lungs and I wouldn't be here. I will always be thankful that the acupuncturist didn't feign knowing what was wrong with me and stick a few pins in me. With such a delay, I would have probably died.

    The clots came from my legs. As a writer, I was sitting for maybe 10-12 hours at a time and helped cause the problem. I now have this device called a Greenfield filter in my inferior vena cava (the one bringing old blood back to the heart from the lower body.) It opens up like an umbrella and filters out all clots coming from the legs. I've had no problems since it was inserted.

    Is that more than you wanted to know about pulmonary embolisms?  In any case, my acupuncturist saved my life.

  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Crucker
    Hey Cruck,
    that is a wonderful story on several levels.  I am happy that he didn't try to handle a situation beyond his level of ability.  I for one am glad you are still with us my friend.
    The stuff about the pulmonary embolisms doesn't bother me at all and the device you had implanted, the Greenfield filter, is fascinating.  My older brother has a problem with clots (he is on blood thinners) and I am going to tell him about the Greenfield filter.
    thanks,
    Joe
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    That's the kind of information this forum was made for!

  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    Joe, anyone who is paralyzed should be on some kind of blood thinner or decoagulant. I l had to learn that lesson twice. First, the pulmonary embolism I got three weeks out of the hospital. And more recently (March of this year), the series of mini-strokes or TIA's I suffered. Fool that I am, I had stopped taking blood thinners a few years ago because I didn't think I needed them.  The TIA's were the result of plague buildup in one of my carotid arteries. Plague buildup leads to lack of blood flow to the brain or blood clots. A blood thinner will alleviate the condition. An operation where doctors cleaned out the artery did the trick. I am of course taking blood thinners now and will for the duration, I reckon. Did the plague buildup have anything to do with my T-10 paralysis? Who knows, but it certainly didn't help.

  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Crucker
    Wow, I didn't know that.  I am going to have to ask my doctor about that as I am not on any blood thinners.  My older brother is abled bodied but has had problems with clots in the past.  Thanks for the info...
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    As they say, ask your doctor. I am not a doctor. I'm just taking my case.That is exactly what happened to me. It probably won't happen to you. The plague built up, without my knowledge, and caused the whole darn problem. If there is a test for that, maybe take it.

  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @Crucker
    You are not a doctor but you play one on TV?  lol  I will talk to my doctor...
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 61Moderator Moderator
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    Good deal.

  • cbdreviewedcbdreviewed Posts: 2Member
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    Hi, guys and girls!

    I'm doing a small research and need for your help! I am trying to start my CBD business, and in order to better understand this industry, I ask you to take part in the survey. It is small and it takes less than a minute. I have an idea to give away some prize for the participants (gift certificate?). Now, this idea is in discussion with partners and I will update the survey page to  add information about the prize drawing a little later. 
  • iamdadmaniamdadman Posts: 178Moderator Moderator
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    @cbdreviewed
    If it will help I will take your survey... Are you going to post a link or something?

    Joe
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 209Moderator Moderator
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    @cbdreviewed I can help out and take the survey too. How do we do it?
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
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  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 338Moderator Moderator
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    Hey everyone! Just wanted to comment about my husbands latest purchase. Its a water bong but its silicon and its called the "Session" bong and its brand new to the market. He hasn't tried a bong since his injury (He uses a vaporizer because his lungs are weaker - he's a C4 quad), so he wanted to try it and have it for "special occasions". He doesnt smoke from pipes or joints anymore because he says it burns his lungs and he does not want to damage them. I assisted him with trying it and he said it was AWESOME! because of the water delivery system it did not burn his lungs, and he only needed two puffs to get the desired spasm relief he was looking for. In Canada its legal to purchase these at all legal stores, but I think they're available online in the states. Im curious as to if any quads have tried a water bong post injury? - Brooke

    Here is the link: https://sessiongoods.com
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 209Moderator Moderator
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    @WAGSofSCI Hey Brooke thanks for sharing! I have never tried the “Session” but have used a bong with water in it. What is the difference between the Session water bong and a glass bong with water in it? 
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
  • kerfagenkerfagen Posts: 1Member
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    Early research is showing promising results that CBD can help reduce inflammation and benefit aches and pains. Therefore, CBD can potentially relieve your back pain, allowing you to enjoy normal daily activities. 
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