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Adventures in Cannabis

Lately I've been hurting more than mere ibuprofen can handle--osteoarthritis, mostly, but a motherfucker of a toothache right at the moment.

So, though I've never been much for getting high, today I tried medical marijuana for the first time.

It took a lot of homework for me to get here. I read books, attended a workshop, and spent several hours on Leafly. I asked my doctor (who, as a naturopath, is all for it). I researched cannabinoids, terpenes, strains of sativa and indica. I read about the different dispensaries. Learned something about the labyrinth of laws surrounding legalization in Oregon. Became engrossed in delivery methods. Decided on vaping. Vaping is fast-acting and doesn't stink the joint up.

Harlequin is a sativa strain bred for high CBD and low THC, which translates to "pain relief without getting high", and my neighborhood dispensary sells it.

So off I walked to Kings of Canna on 15th and Prescott, and came home half an hour later with some paraphernalia and drugs.

A white zip bag, a vape pen with USB charger, a cannabis cartridge, some retail packaging

But look! It comes in retail packaging. There are USB chargers and LED indicators. The only baggie in sight was the fancy opaque white zip-lock bag mandated by the State of Oregon for carting the goods off-premises.

It's a couple of hours and several hits of Harlequin later, and behold! The tooth isn't really hurting anymore.

Heh. Maybe I need a new icon.
A vaporizer pen with a bright blue mouthpiece. A cannabis oil capsule is attached. The device is emitting curls of vapor

ETA: And I really don't feel high. Maybe a teeny bit hazy. I might have eaten a box of cookies...

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Mar. 4th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
*points at icon*

It's a different world!
Mar. 4th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
It is! I'm still not quite comfortable even saying "cannabis" or "marijuana" out loud. There's no reason for that--not around here, but I was 16 when the War on Drugs officially began, and that stuff sticks with you.

What's so funny is that my girlfriends and I discuss it all the time because we're all getting a little creaky and needing relief from pain or insomnia. And what's even funnier is that my freakin' 87 year old mother and I swap dispensary recommendations. LOL.
Mar. 4th, 2017 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard good stuff about medical cannabis, and I'm glad it is having the right effect.

(And to be fair; when I have long-lasting pain I always lose concentration, feel a bit off-kilter and so on - so I'd personally consider feeling "a teeny bit hazy" a fair swap.)
Mar. 4th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
The haze seemed a very fair trade-off to me yesterday, that's for sure.

Some of my pain in recent months has taught me just how depressing constant pain can be. It really is impossible to concentrate on anything else after a certain point, and life very quickly becomes hard to endure. I've gone from feeling suspicious and skeptical about cannabis to being its new Number One Fan. When this new Administration started talking about rolling back marijuana legalization in the states, I was ready to take up arms!
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