Since the legalization of medicinal cannabis, I have become more comfortable with the notion of trying cannabis to alleviate the diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my left foot. My cannabis consuming friends of 10 years couldn’t believe their ears when I asked for help. I didn’t know anything about it other than it can help with […]

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Since the legalization of medicinal cannabis, I have become more comfortable with the notion of trying cannabis to alleviate the diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my left foot. My cannabis consuming friends of 10 years couldn’t believe their ears when I asked for help. I didn’t know anything about it other than it can help with pain. Diabetes keeps the body from properly processing food for use as energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood which hinders circulation. A common symptom of diabetes and the problem for me is nerve pain, usually in the lower extremities like the foot. The pain comes in different forms and extremes. It could be a tingling, numbness, it can feel like a vice grip being clamped down on your toes or a stabbing feeling from a pitchfork when it happens. Of all these possible symptoms, the nausea is the most disruptive to my daily routine. I tried pills from the doctor, lozenges and some homemade remedies but nothing worked. Eventually they evolve into hiccups. As the cliché goes, someone suggested that some cannabis might keep the nausea to a minimum.

At first, I carefully considered the cannabis plant benefits and approached it as a medicine rather than a recreational use (At first!). Then I went for it. Full bong rips, edibles, concentrates, and joints. And you know what. I lived. I even enjoyed it. Where did my anxiety go? Oh wait, I found it. This is potent stuff. My preferred medicine delivery is a simple joint. I learned that the dose for me to alleviate nausea and pain was to simply have a toke every 30 minutes (whether needed or not). It’s part of my personal treatment as well as my preferred go to pain treatment. My only side effect now is being accused of being a pothead! Not bad.

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