Hi guys, I have been lurking around the last month absorbing some great info, I guess I am lucky as I was asked by my Doc if I would consider using medical marijuana for my neuropathic pain and sleep problems caused by it. I was surprised to say the least and tried not to have a big grin on my face. Although I have used marijuana for the last 35 years on and off (stopped for 5 years while our application for emigrating to Canada was being processed) I told him I had considered it and actually had been given 30 grams by a buddy of mine who is ex military and has similar problems plus ptsd. He asked how it worked for me and how long did it take to use it up. I said it certainly put me to sleep well and that pain was reduced significantly I said as it was 25% THC it lasted 3 weeks, I use it daily but 30 grams lasted me 7 months lol. He said he would send me to the cannabinoid medical clinic to see if I was a good candidate.
Before I attended the medical clinic I had a long questionnaire of drugs and alcohol I have used and amounts I am currently taking, medical history about psychological problems, pain levels and any criminal convictions ect, I also had to take a urine test. The questionnaire was not well thought out and ambiguous, so it made me think they are not really interested in getting real answers just making it look like they were trying to do clinical analysis. I have a deep mistrust of government and its organizations ( currently dealing with workers compensation for this this pain I am experiencing) as well as pharmaceutical companies.
I was interviewed by the weed doc as I call him, he was not interested in my criticism of the questionnaire and its ambiguities, I did manage to get a wry smile out of him though lol. He said I was a good candidate for MM and said that the synthetic would be a good choice, I said NO!! no way and stood up, saying I was not interested in big pharma crap lol.He said, that it was ok but if I wanted the real thing then he would start me off on 1.5 grms a day up 15% THC and unlimited % of CBC, I inquired to what the piss test was for and he ignored the question and sent me next door to see his colleague who would guide me through my choices of medication. I was told that unless I knew who I wanted to use now it would cost $40 plus $15 for another piss test to come back and let them know who I wanted to use, apparently one of their rules for using them, like I had a choice lol. So I went with their supplier Cannimed, I was also told if I didnt use their choice it may take up to 6 weeks to get me on someone elses system. .
I was ecstatic thinking my MM was going to be free, paid for by my medical insurance, that bubble was burst as soon as I contacted my medical insurance people I am seeing the weed doc again tomorrow to apply for a grow license as I cant afford $360 a month for 1.5 grms a day as I am currently not able to work and getting no help from workers comp. I sent them the first months costs to see if they will pay it, I am not holding my breath lol. So thanks for the info LabRat I will just ask the weed doc to hand over the original doc and do it myself. I have a feeling he will make some excuse, if he does I will probably grow it anyway but would like it to be legal as I am only a permanent resident and can be deported for criminal behavior.
I used to be a psychotherapist in the UK prior to coming to Canada. I would have to say Highroller that psychological problems from my experience are not caused by Marijuana. The person already has the problem, marijuana merely makes the person more aware of their symptoms, just like meditation does or anything that has a psychoactive affect. People who use lsd, mushrooms, ayahuasc, weed, all experience at some point paranoia fear and anxiety. These feelings come to the surface from our unconscious caused by trauma usually in the formative years of our lives. Research is also showing that some types of fear come from memories stored in our genes as well. Unfortunately most people are not aware of this or that they are suffering from psychological neuroses because they develop strategies to avoid and ignore them. Our subconscious is constantly trying to distract us from these repressed events and when we take marijuana it opens doors to these closed of areas in our unconscious and allows us to be either more aware of our internal anxiety's or more anxiety to be released due to our muscles relaxing, emotions are stored in our muscles. Marijuana slows us down, makes us think introspectively, and alters our brainwave frequencies to more therapeutic states. Either way marijuana is made to be the bad guy for this happening due to ignorance and deliberate deception promoted by the pharmaceutical industry.
I hope you find a sympathetic doc soon Highroller.