Well, I got my medical marijuana card yesterday. I’m still unsure of what I’m going to do, or even if I think it’s for me.

Medical Marijuana

I’ve been hearing a lot about medical marijuana, and have decided to investigate it for myself. This subject might make you flinch. It’s something I’m not even sure what I’m going to do about. So I let the researcher in me go wild recently. Below are some resources I’ve found to be helpful as I learn more as I decide if this medicine is even for me.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading:

Time Magazine (Special) : Marijuana Goes Main Street – I picked this up from a magazine rack. It talks about the history of marijuana (which is long and interestingly eye-opening) and it’s uses. One thing I learned is that marijuana is a Schedule I drug, while meth and cocaine are Schedule II drugs by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Is it really more dangerous than meth? I’ll let you decide for yourself.

“Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It’s time for a medical marijuana revolution” – This is a fascinating read. If you’ve ever seen Dr. Gupta on CNN (and other places) he’s an incredibly well-spoken and informative writer and TV personality. Oh, and he’s a doctor. His thoughts on marijuana were also eye-opening. He has some of the same questions I did. After reading this article, I found the 3 videos he speaks of (which he appears in), and learned even more. I found it a little bit assuring that he believes things should change.

“American Weed” on Netflix – This series based in Colorado, following a handful of marijuana dispensary owners, patients (which is a term they use and took a while to wrap my head around) and customers of theirs. It also features the ups and downs with regulations an strict rules (rightfully so), protestors and a ballot measure in Colorado. It was interesting to hear from and see the business operations of the featured dispensaries, including one run by a group of brothers famous for the Charlotte’s Web strain that was in the news this year. There were some things I didn’t like about this series (the whole Cannabis Cup thing, and the “culture” that is the stereotype around weed), but all in all I learned a lot about medical marijuana and those who sell it.

Update 1/17: Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana – Wow! A huge step forward.

It’s a learning process, because knowledge is power.

I’m still learning about all of this. There are also some interesting articles on the website, Whaxy, which I found last night (you need to be 21 or over to enter). Articles on strains (types of marijuana and what conditions and illnesses they are suited for), political viewpoints, etc. There was some fascinating information on research coming out of Israel on the medical cannibas (another word for marijuana) uses they are exploring with great success in some patients.

I believe knowledge is power, so I’m learning all I can. The next step is to go visit some dispensaries in my area and learn more from them. I want to learn more about using cannibas to help with sleep (I’m currently taking Ambien or Benadryl), and also about oils that sound like they can help treat cancer. (Hey, I’m considering all options.)

I don’t know where you stand. I’m not sure I know where I stand.

You might be offended at my even mentioning this, and I’ll be honest that I was nervous about posting this in such a public way. But, this journey and “situation” I am in with the “C” word is what I am exploring in this space. So I’m being as honest as I can be. Maybe this will help someone else.

I grew up in an area that was one of the highest per capita of marijuana grows in the nation. I’ve smelled the stuff (ew), and been around others who were using it, but never used it myself. It was illegal then. It’s now legal in my state of Washington. And it’s an option to me as a cancer patient. So, I’m exploring the option. Thanks for keeping an open mind.

I’ll let you make your own decision for yourself if it’s the medicine for you or someone you love. I’m still undecided. But the research will continue.

Disclosure: There is an affiliate link to Amazon in this post. This means if you buy the product I link to, I will get a few cents. I could maybe by 1/3 of a latte. 🙂