There aren’t a lot of options for people with chronic pain.
Even if your goal was to use opiates, these days it’s harder than ever to find a doctor who will prescribe them even if you have excruciating physical pain that makes it hard to function. Sometimes physicians can use cortisone to numb portions of the body, but if they’re not careful damage can be done to the spine. Ideally, you wouldn’t be taking shots to deal with day to day pain either. But with fibromyalgia, I don’t know where I should turn. I get joint, muscle, and nerve pain that feels like flashes hitting me from head to toe. Aside from the pain, I get extremely tired as well. I know that I drink a lot of coffee anyway, but on days when my fibromyalgia is severe, I drink even more. At some point a close friend of mine asked me if I had ever tried cannabis before. After having a brother who struggled in life after starting drug use in middle school, I was reluctant to use any drugs as I grew up. I had never tried marijuana, but I knew it was much safer than alcohol despite my feelings on drugs. I was considering trying the plant, but I was ignorant about what the drug is, how it affects the body, and how to consume it. Thankfully, one of the dispensaries in my city has a lot of information on their store website. I was able to read more about cannabis from a FAQ page on their website. I was able to learn all about the plant and it’s pharmacology, along with a basic education on cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system in the body.