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Getting high not needed for pot to relieve pain, new study shows | The NORML Stash Blog

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4 responses to “Getting high not needed for pot to relieve pain, new study shows”

  1. Klausey

    As a long term user of cannabis, i developed the ‘associated’ mental health problems – paranoia, anxiety etc…I now have severe joint pain and feel i am addicted to opiate based pain killers.
    For this reason i wish to gain the pain killing properties of cannabis without the high
    In short..
    “i can do without the paranioa but i could do with cannabis’s help in relieving my pain”


  2. Andromeda

    Oh, cannabis, you would be so useful if you didn’t cause that bothersome side-effect known as euphoria (which is, of course, bad and completely different than the good, FDA-approved type of euphoria caused by medications like oxycodone.)

    Seriously, though, while I realize that some people medicating with cannabis might not want to get high, I just cannot fathom why treating pain with a medication that also happens to make you feel good is so terrible—especially when we already have pain medications that have the (unintended?) side-effect of “feeling good.” Of course, most of those medications make you so loopy that you don’t know whether it’s day or night, but somehow that “high” (which can leave people incoherent) is FDA-approved and the cannabis “high” (which doesn’t leave people incoherent) is not.

    I feel more mentally disconnected from reality on over-the-counter Benadryl (which I refuse to take now due to the dissociative feelings it produces in me) than on cannabis, and I am not even kidding.

  3. High East

    This information contradicts almost everythign FOX news reported the last time they talked about marijuana.

    Hannity, Coulter and Oreilly all told lies about how you can drink alcohol without getting intoxicated but there are no degrees of intoxication with marijauna. Your either stoned or not.

    Now all us smokers know this is complete nonsense. We know that we can be many varying degrees of high depending on how much and how we injest it. We know that we can easily control this effect, unlike alcohol, and we know that at the highest degree were still not as impared as the guy who just finished ONE beer.

    Aside from pointing out the bogus, I think the findings are very interesting. It makes me wonder if it isn’t a CBC or CBN that helps with the pain and not the THC. Perhaps a combination.

    At any rate, why do they seek to filter out the best effect of the drug in the first place? What is it about our culture that resents feeling good? Why do so many people seem to want us to suffer in life?

  4. NegatroN

    Thanks for this one Russ, I was leaving a comment on the story from yesterday regarding the Sacramento Bee article when my comp got stupid, heh heh. I lost my somewhat lengthy post.
    Anyways, you summed it up better than I could in your commentary.

    They are gonna figure out how to get the right cannabinoid cocktail into tablets or capsule eventually, and once pfizer or any of the other big pharma honchos pull that off, we can kiss natural home grown cannabis-as-medicine goodbye!
    To me this is the essential weakness in the MMJ as stepping stone to legal recreational MJ strategy…

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