I Tried Medical Marijuana For My Chronic Pain

I Tried Medical Marijuana For My Chronic Pain

(heavy breathing)
(crying) – My name’s Kelsey and most of you know me as the loud mouth, no filtered, boss ass bitch producer
from Buzzfeed, which I am, but something that very
few people know about me is that I suffer from a
neuropathic, chronic pain condition know as Trigeminal Neuralgia, or TN. The Trigeminal nerve is a
nerve located within the brain. It’s primarily responsible
for transmitting sensation from the brain to the face. TN is a type of neuropathic pain. A type of pain that can occur when nerves are damaged or injured. In the medical field, Trigeminal Neuralgia is considered to be one of the worst pains known to mankind,
sending excruciating pain throughout the face, head, and jaw. The pain of TN is
comparable to severe burns, childbirth, and even the
bite of a bullet ant. (crying) – Don’t, don’t, I’m okay. – At one point, TN was
nicknamed the suicide disease because people who suffer
from this would take their own lives because of
the severity of the pain. Because of the pain, I’ve
had multiple surgeries to try and fix it, along
with expensive medications, therapies, treatments,
injections, acupunctures. I just had Botox injected
all across my forehead, into my scalp and jawline to
try and help with the pain. You can kind of see the bruising. I mean that costs $1,200
just to get this area done. You name it, I have tried it. Well, I have tried almost everything. (upbeat music) Recently, I’ve heard news
stories and read articles about marijuana helping chronic pain. I am at a point in my pain and in my life where I can’t take it
anywhere and I’m willing to try anything. I don’t smoke weed. Anymore. Something you should know about me, I smoked weed back in high school and then once I got older, I kind of started having really adverse reactions
to it, and just quit. Though I may not be a smoker anymore, I know that there’s hundreds
of strains of cannabis, so I needed to know exactly
what I was looking for. So I decided to a really
smart place at UCLA and talk to a really
fancy doctor about it. – There’s pretty strong evidence that whole leaf marijuana, or extracts of it, can be helpful for nerve pain. Chronic pain, but specifically nerve pain. Is the strongest evidence. – Wait a minute there, doc. Just how far back does this evidence go? There are records from 2900 BCE of Chinese Emperor Fu
Hsi stating marijuana possesses yin and yang. Around 1000 BCE in Ancient India, cannabis was combined with milk to drink as an anesthetic. The Ancient Greek doctor Galen would use cannabis to treat flatulence and pain. The Mexican Revolution
of 1910 brought many Mexican immigrants to
the US who introduced Americans to the recreational use of weed. The Great Depression
increased racial tension which caused the public
demand for government to crack down on marijuana use. Marijuana was then associated
with lower class communities. So basically for forever,
marijuana use wasn’t seen negatively until an influx of immigrants and racial tension caused
it to be criminalized, causing it to lose its
historical association with medicine. But, back to Dr. Strouse telling me something that blew my mind. – It’s not at all clear that THC alone has much pain-relieving affect. – Oh. Gonna be on the hunt, not for weed, but something called CBD oil, which is actually THC free. What is the difference
between CBD and THC? – The psychoactive part of marijuana, the part that gets you high, is THC. – Right. – CBD does not tend to make people feel high or intoxicated, that
there’s a balance there that a roughly one to
one mix sort of makes it easier for people to get a pain relief without that highness
that at least some people experience as unpleasant. – What? Why don’t these teach us this
kind of shit in high school? That there’s a weed out
there that I can smoke and not get high. Today I’m gonna go try
and get my weed card. I’m actually walking to a place that’s on the corner of my street, because in Los Angeles,
these places are everywhere. So you can’t just go
to your regular doctor to get a marijuana card,
you have to go to a doctor that specializes in medical
marijuana evaluations. So, got the paper, and the card. It took what, how long? – [Man] Like five seconds. – Like five seconds. So literally I sat in a
room and a nurse brought in a computer screen and
a guy on the other side was on Skype and I told
him what was wrong with me and he said, “Great, I’m gonna
give you a recommendation.” It was very sketchy but super easy. So I had my card and now I knew what I was kind of looking for, so now I just needed to go to a dispensary. Dispensaries just like a store for weed. (upbeat music) – My name is Allen, we’re
at WHTC in Studio City. You know, we’re not doctors, so, we really work with the patients to see what’s bothering them,
what their ailments are, and how we could help them. – So I notice you’re
using the word “patients.” – Yes. – [Kelsey] Explain what that means. – A lot of people say
customers, it’s that, no, we’re a medical marijuana dispensary. Everyone here is a patient. They went to a doctor, they have a– – Medical marijuana card, I just got one. – Medical marijuana
card, which is actually their prescription or their
doctor’s recommendation, saying that they can come in here and that they have an ailment that
requires medical marijuana. We see a wide variety of patients, dealing with all sorts of ailments. Anywhere from Crohn’s, diabetes, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chemo and cancer patients, absolutely. – Right. And people know about cancer. A lot people don’t know about, like, the anxiety that it can
with, or depression, or other “invisible illnesses.” – CBD’s very helpful because
it’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-arthritis. – So, what is the most popular
medicine you sell here? – Between flowers,
edibles, and concentrates– – Wait, flowers? – Flowers, as in medical marijuana. – [Kelsey] Okay, I was like, “What?” – So yeah, we refer to that as flower, then you have concentrate, which is also know an oil. Then we have topicals and
tinctures and edibles, so there’s top sellers
within every market. There’s just a wide variety. – Now it’s time to get to schmokin’. I just left the dispensary
and I’m actually feeling like, insanely optimistic. I’m in the parking lot at work, and I’m gonna just try
one of these things now ’cause I can’t wait to get home, so. I’m going to use this stick. – Another popular method,
especially for neuropathy, is topicals. – [Kelsey] Lotion. – [Allen] Lotion, exactly. – Oh. Oh wow, that’s very nice. Ah, god, that feels so good. It definitely smells
like kind of, Icy Hot. It has this weird cooling. So it’s been about two hours since I used the roll on stick. My muscles feel so relaxed. I still have a lot of the tightness where the nerve damage is. As far as the muscles in
my actual jaws and temple, oh my god, it’s like no
amount of physical therapy has given me relief for this long. – When people hear CBD, they
don’t know what CBD looks like, but if you’re looking
at it from a raw form. This would be our Mai Tai Cookies, and this has actually won first place at the High Time Cannabis
Cup for best CBD flower. – I was also really
nervous to try the flower. It tastes like pot. Because it reminded me of what I smoked in high school to get really high. When I used to smoke weed,
I just knew about two kinds: mids and dro. How much should I smoke? This is weird. I don’t know, I don’t trust this. Jesus fuck. Okay, so, I’ll let that settle in. But I was nervous for nothing. It turns out it was really great, and the thing I loved
most about the flowers was that it helped me the
most out of all the methods with my headaches so, anyone who suffers from chronic migraines, I would highly recommend this product. We see those things on Facebook, those videos where
someone’s having some sort of seizure or convulsion and they’re given some weed, whether
through a pen or a dose, and then five minutes later,
they’re totally normal. If we have proof like
that, why is the research still so, I don’t know,
underfunded, or shunned upon? – I’m gonna sound like a nerdy doctor and try to answer this question. – Please do, that’s why we’re here. – I apologize. But, you know, I’ve seen
some of those amazing video footage, for example,
the kids with these horrible epilepsy problems who go to Colorado, who
get Charlotte’s Web. – Right, we’ve all heard it. – That looks very compelling, and I think the fact that it’s so compelling and there’s so many
really moving testimonials by parents is why there
are now clinical trials being done with CBD by major university medical center neurology,
epilepsy specialists. – So we’re moving in the right direction? – [Dr. Strouse] We are, we are. – Okay, so it’s 6:30 on a Friday night, and while everyone else is going out and doing shit, I can
barely function as a human. The only thing that I can equate it to is like red hot fire ants
just biting your face and no matter what you
do, you can’t stop it. So, I’m going to try Black Medicated Rub. One CBD to THC, it doesn’t
really say how much to take, so I just took that. Oh my god, it smells so good. Let this settle in. It kind of looks like I just have a really poppin’ gloss on. – It’s a process. Start very small the first night, see how that affected you. Take note. Moving forward, you adjust. – So it’s been about 30 minutes
and I don’t feel anything, so we’re gonna take it up a notch. Gonna use this pen. What do you find to be the most popular? – The vape cartridge,
which is really quick. This is like almost instant relief. You vape it, and within a minute, you’re probably gonna feel the effects. – Delicious. Yo, I still cannot get over
the fact that I am a vape bro. It’s also considered to be
one of the healthiest ways to ingest cannabis,
’cause you’re not smoking any chemicals or papers. It was fast, it was easy,
it was by far the most convenient way to ingest the cannabis, but its effects didn’t last very long. So if you’re gonna try this method, I would suggest bringing it with you wherever you go, or getting a
higher concentrate in the pen. I’d read online that
people had a lot of success with tinctures, so I
bought a variety of kinds with various amounts of CBD and THC. Was pricey at $60, but hey,
willing to try anything. They were the most expensive
method that I tried, and none of them really worked for me. I don’t feel shit. About halfway through, I
think after repeatedly failing with the tinctures, I really
started to get depressed. (slow music) I just got done with one of
my doctor’s appointments. The appointment is $195 for a 20 minute appoinemtnt for someone to tell you
it’s trial and error and shit may or may not work. These specialist kinds of doctors aren’t covered by insurance and they have to get paid because the work that they’re doing is so underfunded. Of course they have to charge a bunch ’cause all of this shit
is so experimental. The idea that medical
marijuana is something that you can keep in your home, it’s at my disposal whenever I want it, I can take it whenever I want it. That would be like a fucking miracle, ’cause I am so sick of these
fucking doctor’s appointments. But then I think medical marijuana maybe that is the best option to even try first. I don’t know, it’s starting to
really fuckin’ fuck with me. Is the legalization of marijuana kind of undermining the
use of it as medicine, too? Like, are people afraid
that if medical marijuana becomes kind of the norm, will people stop going to see doctors, will people stop writing prescriptions, will the pharmaceutical world collapse? Is that a concern? – Though yes, my hunches may be there are people concerned about that, at another level people,
many people are worried about how responsible is big
marijuana gonna be, right? Big marijuana, like big tobacco, which until whatever year it was, 1982, was telling us that cigarettes
didn’t cause lung cancer. So it’s a huge business opportunity here and they’re going for it
and so, in whose interest will that business development be? Marijuana’s still illegal according to the Controlled Substances Act
of the federal government. It’s simply to work with the organizations that the federal government sustains, is really complicated and bureaucratic and that’s one of the reasons
why there’s so much anger. – Right, around it. – Around it. – ‘Cause then it becomes
like a government thing. We’re letting the government
control whether or not people can get better. While there is research being done, the US is so far behind
compared to other countries. There are still so many
states where this is illegal, and there is a stigma of that hippy stoner, vibe attached to this medicine. I could not imagine
living in a state where I needed this to function
and then potentially having to go to a job where they drug test and not being able to take my medicine. I want people to watch this video and rethink their relationship and their opinions on marijuana. To cheer myself up, I
decided to take an edible which I have heard so many horror stories where people have eaten
it, don’t feel anything, they eat more, and then
like two hours later, they’re melting into the wall. So I made my roommate
try it with me, and guys, this was the one time
that I got super high. And we also made some
brownies and just laughed and I got nothing done, I
couldn’t even blog about it. I just realized that that method is not practical for my lifestyle. Last minute I decided to add
one more thing to the test. This was a medication that
I had talked to Dr. Strouse about, it’s called Charlotte’s Web. So they can actually sell
it to any state in America because it’s considered hemp, and not cannabis. This one I’m really excited to try because this is the kind of strain that we see in those Facebook videos. They recommend that you use
this and kind of integrate it into part of your diet so
they’re saying it might not work the first time,
maybe it does for some people, but it’s something that
you should do daily. Mmm, it tastes like mint chocolate chip. Charlotte’s Web. Oh my god, Charlotte’s Web. I promise, despite the look of my hair, I’m doing much better today. I actually slept, like, some of the best sleep
I’ve slept in a long time, which, to have a pain free
sleep night is pretty rare. So I’m gonna start using this a lot more. It took a couple days of
tinkering with the amounts to figure out what was most
effective, but I highly recommend any chronic pain
patients to try this first. Even though it’s $150 a bottle, which lasted me about a month, it was worth every penny. When I started this
journey, I think the thing I was most afraid of was, would ingesting the
cannabis affect my energy or my ability to function
or my personality? When in reality, I was
able to sleep better, and my headaches were less frequent, which gave me more energy. I just so badly want
others to be able to have the chance to experience what I did. What’s it gonna take for that to happen? Is it like a big company
backing medicinal marijuana? What is it gonna take? Is it money? Is it more signatures? I don’t know, what? – Well I think for us to do, for example, this kind of research in
the VA, a federal entity, would probably require a repeal of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. – If you get anything from this video, know that it’s, chronic pain sufferers don’t just want your sympathy. They want your support and your action. I put some links below to organizations that are working all across the country to reform medical marijuana laws as well as some resources for
chronic pain sufferers. I want to give a huge shout
out and thanks to WHTC, UCLA, and the Facial
Pain Research Foundation. And if you’re a sufferer, I
just wanna say, don’t give up. Keep trying different methods. Talk to your doctor, make
them listen to your concerns. Tell them about cannabis,
talk to them about cannabis. I am happy to have found an
alternative to prescription pills or opiates because a lot of times that’s the first option chronic
pain sufferers are given. And for people like me,
whose condition doesn’t even react to opiates, this
has been an incredibly life changing experience. I’ve been so happy to
be educated about this and learn more about how my body reacts to medical marijuana so
that I’m not so nervous or afraid of it anymore. I’m gonna keep using the CBD roll-on stick and I use the Charlotte’s Web everyday, but I’m not gonna stop trying things. This is definitely not the solution. It’s not over. And just seeing the widespread acceptance of this plant as medicine, makes me feel incredibly excited and optimistic about chronic pain. For the first time ever. (upbeat music)

100 Replies to “I Tried Medical Marijuana For My Chronic Pain”

  1. It's not that the government doesn't want to not legalize it. It's that the government wants to control the cash flow of weed. And to be able to set the rules. When they should just let people use it as they need it. I'm a 31 year vet. I was in Desert Storm and every war after that. I retired in 2015. I know what living with pain is and not have enough to function day to day. VA will only do so much. I'm on 31 different pills a day. I hate them and what i need to work 2 jobs they don't give enough of.

  2. I'm trying medical marijuana as well for chronic pain. It's the limitations that are a road block..when I travel I can't take it across state lines so then what? And I travel a lot w my husband for work..

  3. I recently started to take CBD edible gummies to treat my anxiety and insomnia. Even though the product is expensive, it is worth it because I feel much better overall.

  4. I have really bad chronic pain all over due to many different conditions, and that’s a huge reason as to why I support weed being legal because if it helps other people like me, I think it should be available even without needing the cost of an appointment.

  5. You haven't tried my Kisses which I'm told can cure you of anything… but that was just one chick and she was really drunk.. LOL Still.. I'm Willing to Try! LOL

  6. Anyone who says that cannabis is the most dangerous drug ever, has never had experience with Any legal medications for chronic pain,anxiety or depression,those are the most addictive and life altering medications,but those are the only medications you can take legally. The only way making cannabis doesn’t turn into Big Cannabis like big Pharma is to allow people to grow some many plants and that way if you need it or want it you just have to grow it,it is fast growing, and it’s not like meth or cocain because what you need just grows,you don’t mix anything to make it.. PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT CANNABIS ❤️

  7. If you listened to the entire video closely she doesn’t only get and use cbd she has edibles and other low thc and a little weed it’s just emphasized

  8. Awhile back I remember asking my dad "Is weed bad for you?"
    When he said "no weed isn't bad for you" I was so shocked and confused because I was always taught to never smoke.
    I now learned from him and this video it can actually be really helpful, in fact he was already using medical marijuana (CBD) this whole time XD

  9. I do edibles and tables. Originally for chronic pain and in the end I was able to help my ADHD. Medical marijuana seriously saved my life. I think the next step is for medical insurance to cover it.

  10. Listen, I got diagnosed with FMS and Chronic Fatigue in 2000. I never smoked weed before so I certainly wasnt going to makenitna go for pain…. fast forward to 2 years ago when i just got tired of the pain and lack of sleep FOR REAL FOR REAL…. I'm trying to hang with my bestie in The Vegas and he saw how much pain I was trying to hide from them. I'm drunk on dark liquor to try and combat the pain and nothing's working. He lights his joint and asks me to take a hit because hes never seen me like that in the 9 years we knew each other. I'm annoyed cuz it's been his lifes mission to see me high but he says "listen, take this hit and if it doesnt help I wont ever ask again".

    That was enough for me so I took the hit and I slept better than I had in 10 years…. on the floor of the homies room. I may have actually hit REM!!! It relaxed my whole body and I was IN from they point on. Vape is my choice cuz edibles dont work and I just dont wanna roll NOTHING.

    This video is amazing. I needed it yeara ago when they were throwing the weed card at me. I'd have been done it and had a few years of less pain. Not being in pain and not dealing with daily insomnia while being exhausted is addictive.

  11. All the lies they said about cannabis, are the SAME lies they said about Opium, they just switched the words Negro and Mexican with "Heathen Chinese"

  12. I have Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Neuropathy in my legs, and Medical Marijuana helps immensely. Both CBD and THC products.

  13. There’s nothing wrong with a little weed once in a while, but the few people I’ve known who started young and regularly smoked until their older years ended up with sad unhappy lives

  14. my mom has CRPS, which is basically TN just throughout your body, instead of being focused mainly from the neck up. pot is one of the only things that help.

  15. You just blasphemed the name of the Lord at @7:31……….. What was the necessity in you saying that, blasphemy is a very serious sin…… and will damn souls to hell. You need to repent of that….. and give your life to Jesus. This applies to anyone reading this.

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  17. 150 a month is far to expensive for many Americans who desperately need this stuff! Sad really! I have been taking strong Hydrocodones for about 8 years, but now I have to save up to buy medical marijuana because the hydrocodone is affecting my kidneys! People shouldn't have to be in this position. Medicinal weed should be legal federally so insurance companies can pay for it! If they are so worried about the "Opiod" crisis, and losing money, weed is a win win for all of us!

  18. i got diagnosed with chronic pain at the age of 4, i’ve been on so many different prescriptions and medical marijuana is the only thing that’s helped me with my pain. medial marijuana needs to be legalized everywhere

  19. I have chronic nerve pain in the lower back. I've found a spot for topical application. This allows me to basically function. For some reason any of the oral applications don't get to the pain, and will get me high. I don't enjoy the high much at all. The oil in little tubes as a lotion are the best for me. Finding a steady supply of strong enough dosage has been a challenge. The CBD rezin concentrates can be mixed with olive oil or coconut oil. I prefer the coconut oil for better absorbancy and its less greasy.

    The CBD roll on sticks usually have camphor or menthol type of sensation. I would have to cover both legs to get enough of the CBD out of the package, Not at all practical. I find these products very useful for aching hands from sitting at the keyboard too much.

    The CBD helps me get away from the keyboard and go get the dishes done, garbage taken out, have pleasing conversations rather than an anti-social vacuum that pain and or opiates brings.

  20. Considering that marijuana use IS Federally illegal, even if marijuana is legal in some states, drug testing (required by OSHA) will prevent an applicant from getting a job, even if marijuana is legal in that state. State laws differ from Federal laws…Federal laws over-ride State laws. Thus, employers refuse to hire a "pothead", as they may get injured on the job because they ARE, considered", impaired…..that's why every employer that has an employee injured on the job, requires that employee to be urine & blood drug tested to complete Workman's Comp. If those tests come back positive, Workman's Comp IS refused and that employee then loses his/her job, as they came into work, impaired. And…as an RN, I wholeheartedly, agree with OSHA & Federal government. Most Marijuana abusers do NOT have a Medical need….they just want to be stoned….chronically. Marijuana can & has caused brain cancer, throat/neck cancers, kidney cancers…etc. But idiots go into denial, as they need justification for being a druggie pothead.

  21. My mum has the idea of weed being medicinal is impossible and a fake thing, i wish i could talk to her about it without her getting mad but i would love her to see this and understand that weed is not that bad

  22. Hugely informative. Thank you! Thank you! Nerve pain is truly the worst. Haven’t had much relief from various MM products so I am def gonna try Charlottes Web. Is it still working for you? Have you tried the various flavors yet? If so, which ones do you like the least and most? Thanks again!

  23. CBD is wonderful but its also important your getting the lab tested stuff. Hate to say it but a lot of the cbd out there is fake. Hands down the best brand is www.cmdMD.com save an extra 15% off using coupon cbdmd15off. CBD is for pets too!

  24. I remember when I wrote a paper on this several years ago in college I originally went into writing the paper against marijuana, but it didn't take much research to quickly understand that it shouldn't be illegal and the reasons why it was illegal were ludacris.

    Given cigarettes and alcohol are legal, but carry much higher risk to them, the only reason marijuana was illegal was due to politics and throwing people into privatized jail systems. As mentioned in this video briefly too it was during a time of racial tension when it was coming across the border. This video did a great job quickly hitting on the history of it, but I would highly recommend taking your own deep dig on the facts as it's quite an interesting history.

    The current industry is quite amazing given the professionalism of it all, and putting numbers behind everything I think is great too. There are some claims that CBD or THC do waaaay more than they surely do, so don't believe everything you see or hear that it claims to do, but you can always give it a try and see if it's true [some might come from placebo effect]. There still seems to be plenty to learn from it all, but I'm sure even more research has occurred since this was originally filmed too; we're in the making of history right now.

  25. Weed is illegal in loads of places Because the money you use to buy cigs is going to the government and the money for weed is going to the companies and people who grow them. And the government only wants money.

  26. Quick google: Cannabis is 100% illegal in sweden with a few very small exceptions. Bags and Visa for USA locked and loaded

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