In November 2018, Michigan voters approved recreational weed. It became available Dec. 1 to anyone 21 or older with proper ID. Medicinal weed has been legal since 2008 and has been bought, smoked and ingested quietly and with several caveats. (I still can’t believe state voters gave a hearty nod to what used to be an illegal, illicit drug that was used clandestinely and sometimes landed people in jail.)
With that background, I’m not looking for weed to get high. I did that when I was a young party girl. Now I need it to curb cancer pain — nasty relentless aching in my tail bone and upper leg.
The breast cancer radiation treatments (45 to be exact) I endured three years ago left me with serious neurological pain and numbness in my back, leg and feet. I’ve controlled that pain with small doses of opiates — until recently the pills stopped working. An MRI showed my tail bone was fractured, ratcheting up the pain level. A few physical and medical steps by my pain doctor failed, leaving me with wanting to go to Plan B, medical marijuana.
Sounds easy enough. But it’s not.
My pain doc filled out the appropriate paperwork as did I. I sent it into the state’s licensing office about a month ago. My medical marijuana card recently arrived in the mail.
The trouble now is which dispensary do I use? Will bud masters and other dispensary employees know what to give a metastatic breast cancer patient for pain? How much? What strain? Is it possible to get pain relief and not get high?
A member of my cancer support group had been miserable with relentless pain, but is much improved using some semblance of weed pills and oils. She has a pot guru with a strange name who lives miles away from me. But I’ve scheduled a consult via email with this person. Now that I have my card, I plan to head out to the small Michigan town hoping to learn what might work for my kind of cancer. After that, I will buy it at a medical marijuana dispensary of my choice.
Not sure how this will shake out. I have CBD (hemp) oil, which I’ve ingested and applied to painful areas. It has done nothing during the two years I’ve tried it on and off. I recently had a CBD oil massage at an tony spa in Wisconsin. It was supposed to help curb pain, but it didn’t. Now I anticipate a (free) consult with a mysterious expert who doesn’t answer my emails. Clearly, we haven’t taken the secrecy out of pot use.