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Dear Susan: I suffer from Fibromyalgia and as you would expect I have good days and bad days…..and the bad days are really hard. I support my family so missing work isn’t an option and I use  prescription meds to get through most days. I’ve read that cannbis is an alternative to opioids, but I don’t want to trade in one problem for another. Can you explain how cannabis can replace the current pain medication I’m using. Thank you,

Looking for Help

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Can Cannabis Help Migraines?

I have been plagued with migraines for the last 20 years. I have tried everything and sometimes it helps, but most of the time it doesn’t. I’ve never tried cannabis and I’m a little bit afraid, but willing to put up with the high if it will ease my pain. I figure I can ’t function with the pain, so what does it matter if I get high? Thanks for your help.

Splitting Headache

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Dear Nurse Susan,

I am a huge football fan, from high school football, all the way to the NFL. I’d watch football 24/7 if I could! The Super Bowl is this weekend and I cringe every time one of those NFL players bangs his head. I’ve been hearing more and more about CTE and how devastating it is to football players, boxers and hockey players. Is medical marijuana really helpful for that? I saw in the news a while back that retired NFL player Marvin Washington is suing attorney general Jeff Session over marijuana! That’s bold!

Huge NFL Fan

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I’m a mom to my 5-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for a majority of my adult life and have found that cannbis helps me feel grounded, present, and allows me to be my true self to my children, my partner, and myself. Since getting pregnant with my daughter nearly a year ago, I used cannbis to help with nausea during the first trimester (it literally was the only thing that actually helped), but cut back on my usage thereafter for fear of the “unknown.” 

Now, as a nursing mother, I’m really looking to learn more about cannbis and breastfeeding and if I’m doing harm to my baby girl by using in moderation. It’s hard to think that cannbis would be causing her harm when it is so helpful to me, but I really just don’t know and haven’t found any helpful literature. Can you help? 

California CannaMom

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I was invited to a dinner party and they will be serving food with cannabis in it. I haven’t smoked marijuana for at least 20 years, but I am curious and would like to try it again. I’ve heard that today’s cannabis isn’t anything like what we used to smoke back in the day. How do I navigate this party without making a fool of myself and getting too stoned?

Sincerely,

Somewhat Naïve

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Raw Cannabis: The Superfood of Superfoods!

 

Dear Nurse Susan

In one of your earlier posts you mentioned raw cannabis as “the superfood of superfoods.”

What does that mean, and would it be good to include raw cannabis in my diet?

Sincerely,

Health Seeker

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Help! How Can Pot Give Me the Munchies and … Help Me Lose Weight Too?!

Every year I have the same New Year’s Resolution…Lose weight! I’m great for a month at most, then I eventually gain whatever weight I lost, plus some. My friend told me she was losing weight by using marijuana. Pleeeaaasssee!!! Can you imagine, claiming to lose weight by using something that is notorious for causing the munchies! Clearly she has smoked too much…but can it really help me lose weight???

Sincerely,

Chubby, but not Gullible

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Dear Nurse Susan,

My mother is battling cancer. She has lost 35lbs and now weighs less than 100 pounds. Watching this illness ravage her body has been devastating for our family. She has had chemotherapy and radiation, and it made her so sick. I heard that cannabis actually kills cancer. Is cannabis really a treatment for cancer, or just a way to control the nausea, vomiting, pain and lack of appetite from chemotherapy? I want so badly to help her in any way that I can. Thanks,

Heartbroken

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Dear Nurse Susan,

Is it true that the US government has a patent on marijuana for medical use, yet classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug and continues to throw people in jail for possessing it, or is this more “fake news”? Thank you for any facts you can provide on this illogical situation,

Sincerely Confused

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Cannabis (marijuana) is a Schedule 1 drug, according to the US Government, which states it is highly addictive with no medical applications. However, a lot of publications say it is only mildly addictive, similar to coffee. If that is true, then shouldn’t caffeine also be considered a Schedule 1 drug? I can’t imagine what people would do if the federal government declared a war on caffeine! So, what’s the real story directly, is cannabis highly addictive? 

California Coffee Addict

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Dear CA Coffee Addict,

There is a lot of conflicting information out there, not only between scientists and politicians, but also between different departments of our federal government.  You are correct, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has cannabis classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule I drugs are those that have the following characteristic according to the DEA: 

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision. 

No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances, and they are not readily available for clinical use. Other drugs and substances on the DEA Schedule 1 include: Heroin, LSD, Peyote, Ecstasy, Qualudes, GHB (“date rape” drug), Bath Salts (similar to amphetamines), Psilocybin (mushrooms), and KHAT (plant with actions similar to amphetamines). 

Interestingly, Schedule 2 drugs include such names as: Oxycontin, Morphine, Amphetamines, Fentanyl, Adderall, Vicodin, Opium, Demerol, Methamphetamine, Dilaudid, Methadone, and Secobarbital, to name a few. 

Check out these clips of DEA testimony on marijuana here and here. 

Also, the following 

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Dear Nurse Susan,

I went to a dispensary for the first time to get something to help me sleep, and was overwhelmed by the number of products to choose from! Can you narrow it down for me? Sincerely,

Overwhelmed

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Does medical cannabis (aka marijuana) really do all the things that I’ve been hearing about lately? It sounds more like snake oil to me. I’ve heard it helps cancer patients, it helps insomnia, it helps kids with autism….REALLY? I think it just gets people high and they forget about their problems. What’s the real story about “medical” cannabis?
Curious about Cannabis
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