You can get strains that have lower levels of THC, so you don't get as high. But that isn't true across the board for all medical strains. It really depends on what symptoms you want to address: Insomnia, pain, nausea, chemo-related, etc.
I'm also curious to hear what others have to say. I hope there are some here who know more.
Here's a link to Webmd's mj page with a number of articles about medical and rec uses. The article about Help for Seizures explains more about the differences between the strains, lower THC in some versions of medical.
I live in one of the states where medical and rec marijuana is now legal. There are a few places that take the med part of it seriously and sell products that you can use very easily at home. One is cannabutter which is usually a good quality butter or oil that's been infused with the mj and is sold in different strengths so you know what you're getting. Then you can add it to whatever cooking you'd like. Let them do the work and it's easier on you. Just be careful where you store it, it's important to remember that all of these things are meds.
As far as medical oversight, there really isn't any out here. Early on, when only medical was legal, most of the official mj prescriptions were written by a handful of doctors, often at the mj stores, not by the type of drs that we'd be seeing. It was shady and I don't know anybody that got involved with it. Once recreational became legal there hasn't been the need to obtain a prescription.
But anyway, our doctors are very aware that pain patients have the option now, and discussions do take place. If mj might work for a patient who isn't an idiot about meds, it has been known for a doctor to recommend giving it a try. I honestly think that over the next few years it will be brought into mainstream use, with testing and more sophisticated Rx.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, that was helpful. I have a good idea of the difference between II and III now.
This really can't be a surprise given the current problems, real or imagined, of hydrocodone.
I have good relationships with my docs and work to maintain them, that's part of what we have to do these days. I had some emergency dental last fall and had some extra Norco prescribed, I sent an email to my prescribing doc letting her know what was going on. Easy enough. She came back w questions and then updated the chart.
So thanks for "seeing" me, I read a lot but don't post often. I learn much more here than I will ever be able to comment and appreciate everyone's patience with my questions.
Can you please give me a summary of how this will affect my prescription? I tried to read it but can't really follow legal write ups any longer. If this is the predicted "extra trips to the doctor and pharmacy" I'm okay with that.
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