While we wait to see what the government is going to do with legalizing marijuana (or more properly cannabis) many of my clients with chronic pain are finding treatment with medical cannabis very helpful. The stigma attached to using cannabis will probably take decades to fade away, so that is something my clients think long and hard about before taking the plunge. Medical cannabis is very different from cannabis used for recreational purposes. Research into the uses of various strains of the plant have revealed clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of this as medicine for treating chronic pain, seizures, migraines, sleep disturbance, neck and back pain including sciatica, and neuropathic pain.
I’ve started working with a group called Allevio Pain Management Clinic. Interestingly, the company was started by a man whose mother suffered from chronic pain. Cannabis was suggested as a way to control the pain while she awaited neck surgery, but the family doctor refused to prescribe it saying there was no research to prove that it worked. So he started the company and did the research!
Allevio has doctors on staff with expertise in pain management who will re-view your medical records, examine you and, where appropriate, prescribe the correct cannabis strain or mixture to treat your individual symptoms. Often this includes both edibles (ingredients you can bake into cookies for example) and oils. Smoking cannabis is discouraged for obvious reasons, but sometimes vaping is the most effective delivery system.
Clients on high levels of pain medicine find that once they use medicinal cannabis and get better rest they wean themselves off the pills and their overall health improves. The doctors prescribing the medicine follow up with my clients and monitor the effective-ness of the medicine. This helps immensely with the trial defence strategy of attacking clients’ credibility and trying to simply paint them as “pot heads”
Ultimately, I hope the use of cannabis will gain some respect with its legalization, but in the meantime I am using the research conducted by Allevio to access what can be a miracle solution for chronic pain. Too bad it doesn’t give you the traditional “high” as well!
Until next time! —Siona