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    Cannabis and Spinal Cord Injuries

    Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are uncommon but can have permanent and devastating effects on one?s daily life and well-being. Still, research has a long way to go in developing effective SCI medications without side effects or addictive potential. As early as the 1970s, studies began documenting cannabis? ability to fight pain and spasticity in patients with spinal cord injury. Today medical marijuana offers patients an alternative regimen that treats these relentless and unpleasant symptoms that can take such a toll on life quality.
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    I know it can be pretty effective seizures but what are the effects for spasms, as a muscle relaxant NOT associated with seizures? Side effects (drowsiness, lethargy, etc.)? My understanding is that the higher CBD content over the THC produces the medical benefits WITHOUT the typical side-effects resulting from marijuana.

    Personal experiences anyone? What do you specifically use it for and what has been the results?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chick View Post
    I know it can be pretty effective seizures but what are the effects for spasms, as a muscle relaxant NOT associated with seizures? Side effects (drowsiness, lethargy, etc.)? My understanding is that the higher CBD content over the THC produces the medical benefits WITHOUT the typical side-effects resulting from marijuana.

    Personal experiences anyone? What do you specifically use it for and what has been the results?
    I was an occasional rec user pre-SCI, maybe a few times a year. After my injury I tried it for a while, over a year, with very inconsistent results. Most of the time it would spike my nerve pain to VERY high levels for ~30 minutes, then things would go numb/barely tingly. My clonus was also much gentler, often non-existent, for hours after use. It helped me sleep, but long term use has shown to inhibit REM so there's that; the rest wasn't as restful. As a dad with young kids I found the side-effects (I.e. Being stoned) entirely incompatible with parenthood. That, mixed with the initial crazy spike in pain, led me to stop. I tried a variety of strains, both indica and sativa, but being illegal where I live QC and dosing were very hard to manage with any consistency. I also tried extracts and tinctures, with no great success. Being stoned is typically pleasant, as one might expect, if you're into the psychedelic thing, but chronic use quickly changed into something less than satisfying, and less than psychedelic, at least for me. I still enjoy the psychedelic experience a couple times a year but chronic use is fraught with issues IMO. 5 grams of dried psilocybin, taken in silent darkness, followed by smoking a joint, is a perfect recipe for getting one's mind outside of itself, to look back at itself in critical reflection, but that's as far as I go with it. (Some of the most positive, and long lasting, life changes I've made have been inspired by psychedelic experience.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chick View Post
    Personal experiences anyone? What do you specifically use it for and what has been the results?
    I, too am interested in personal experiences because I'm considering trying it see if it can relieve the constant pain I have in my right shoulder blade area. I've been as high as 120 mg a day of Baclofen as well as 16 mg a day of Suboxen with only minor relief.
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    Why so much Baclofen, it's not a pain med.

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    Works great for spasms. I couldn't trigger one if I tried, while on marijuana. After about 2-3 hours spasms return slowly.
    Doesn't do much for my pain. I experience a lot of neck pain. Neck instability.
    Everyone is different however. Others swear by the painkilling properties of cannabis.



    It's definitely a self-reflecting kind of drug. If you're a thinker, it just amplifies your thinking.
    I have a love/hate relationship with cannabis.

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    I wish it was legal so that scientists can work on it to help for many illnesses. I watched a CNN documentary by neurologist Sunjay Gupta who was against it but after he did the documentary he was definitely for it. It help many kids with seizures so much that no drug would help. Even some parents moved to a state where it was legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Why so much Baclofen, it's not a pain med.
    I'm presently at 80 mg a day for Baclofen and it is for spasms. I still experience strong spasms in the stomach and in my legs if touched just right. What's interesting with these spasms is when I take 0.5 mg of Suboxen. I will not experience any spasms then for almost 9 hours. I'm convinced I have something medically like an injury causing the spasms. The Suboxen acts as a pain killer. Thus, after taking just that 1/2 mg of Suboxen it reliefs the pain, which is in an area where I have no feeling, and stops the spasms. Just a side note, I weigh 80,000,000 mgs.
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    I am from Canada and my pain specialist prescribed CBD oil. The oil is low in THC and high in canabiods. It is supposed to help with chronic pain. So far it isn't doing that much for pain but may be helping in other ways. I am on my second month. I think there will be benefits and this science is very new. The doctor had me on a very low dose and that is why there are no benefits yet. It is made at a plant in Saskatchewan and is regulated by Health Canada. I am not allowed to travel outside of Canada with it. A one month prescription costs 130.00 Canadian.
    There are other formulations that do contain thc and maybe they would have been better for mood modification. The pain specialist is very conservative in her approach to treating this disease.

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    Smoking pot dosent take the pain away but helps to manage it.

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