Medical Marijuana – Important Update

10 Nov

Pain sufferers and pancreatic cancer patients in particular must keep themselves updated on medical marijuana. Here’s to trying to help you – through my own experience.

It’s no great secret that my clinical condition has been going from bad to worse. Ascites is one of my major problems at the moment and I’m in and out of hospital to have my peritoneal cavity drained. Aspiration gives instant pain relief which lasts all too briefly. In the two parallel fights between my physical and mental conditions, two giants contriving against me are exhaustion and pain. They are inextricably intertwined. They combine to make things worse. Pain – which cannot be relieved; pressure which is relentless; pain-killers that often have worse side-effects than the original pain itself. Exhaustion of such intensity that I’m simply too tired to sleep or too anxious even to crawl into bed.

How can one battle all this? Pain control must be one of the key elements. Medical marijuana is a miracle becoming more available.

One of my daughters has always been singing its praises. So has my brother-in-law, Keith – he recently sent me this link to an interesting article from The Vancouver Globe and Mail, “Support growing for medical marijuana in Israel”:

Last Monday, I restarted taking medical cannabis. I am now witness as to how it can help. It’s only been a few days but the results have been dramatic and give hope. I’ve eliminated some of the trouble-giving pain-killing medication already. I stopped taking SOS pain-killers almost immediately. My digestive system is more regular (although eating remains a problem) and last night I slept for more hours and in a position I have not achieved for over a month. Position? I simply mean lying down on my back in my bed… how we take things for granted.

A couple of weeks ago there was enormous media hype here on the latest generation of legalized medical marijuana products. The cannabis leaves are treated in such a way that addiction and the making you “high” elements have been eliminated. I take it in drop format. Go visit the company making lots of the news, Tikun Olam:

Going back to medical marijuana – or should I say moving forward with it – was well overdue. It also makes me think of my other brother-in-law, Philip, and our abortive attempt for me to try it just over a year ago. And it brings to mind one of my favorite blogs, “CAN CANcer be fun?” from 12 January 2012. Give yourselves a happy moment. Just to remind you, the gentleman on the left is yours truly, and my dancing partner, the incomparable PIP. Enjoy

I cannot thank my brothers-in-law enough at this moment.

Fellow pancreatic cancer sufferers, my recommendation is to try the new generation of medical marijuana.  


5 Responses to “Medical Marijuana – Important Update”

  1. wartica November 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Cannabis is one of the most amazing plants out there–whether it be marijuana or hemp; this is just another reason on why people should look to the green medicine, as opposed to big pharma products!!

  2. Felicity November 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    SO great that its helping. Thanks for the links and for the totally adorable performance by you and Pip!!

  3. angiemaus November 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    We were just about to send you the same article Martin!
    As you know we have been convinced of the positive properties of marijuana for years now (especially me – I believe it’s just as important that the carer uses it too!!!!)
    So wonderful to see you writing again and expect to see you and Pip on Strictly Come Dancing in the near future!
    All our love and Shavua Tov xxx

  4. Michelle November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Great “hearing” from you again…. and am so pleased that you have found something to give you relief… long may it last. A
    nd the video is, as Fel says, just adorable.

  5. Chani November 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi, Martin
    I’m so glad to have found your blog. My mother has been suffering from metastatic cancer for two decades now. There are good and bad days, but chemo days are always bad. I tease my mom about getting herself stoned — my mom oozes conservative-housewife-chic — but oh! if pot could give her some relief!
    Refuah shleimah wishes from the Nof,
    Chani Hadad

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