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11-20-2011, 09:10 PM   #31
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11-20-2011, 09:47 PM   #32
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Doesn't cause anal leakage!!!
11-28-2011, 04:19 AM   #33
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Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history , Get a LIVESTONED wristband for your buds. "Down for the cause!"
11-28-2011, 08:55 AM   #34
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12-24-2011, 07:59 PM   #35
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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't smoking bad for crohns altogether. Doctors always say smoking makes it worse what with the fumes and that.
12-24-2011, 08:03 PM   #36
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It's a common misconception that the only thing you can do with cannabis is smoke it. Nothing could be further from the truth

You can cook with cannabis and you can vaporize it which produces no smoke.
12-24-2011, 08:26 PM   #37
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I vaporize with an ilolute portable vaporizer and make cannabutter using the long cook time low temp method from Northern California hippies recipe. It's amazingly strong.
12-26-2011, 06:24 AM   #38
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I'm a newbie to this forum and also to Medical marijuana. I got my medical Cannabis card (I live in CA) just two months ago in October.

I've been trying to be medical and scientific about about my usage and dosage of my marijuana. The results have been POSITIVE thus far. I can report the following:

1. Since using Marijuana, my Daily bouts with diarrhea (2-5 movements a day) have subsided to ZERO. The only exceptions were the two days after Thanksgiving, to which I can thank overeating and alcohol consumption.

2. I have had a regular, daily, morning well-formed bowel movement since medicating with marijuana.

3. Edibles and tinctures work better for me with fewer side effects. Smoking makes me cough and sometimes gag. (I used to be one of those Nancy Reagan type anti-drug people, esp. Marijuana because of the gateway argument.)

4. Skipping my daily dose of marijuana has caused loose bowel movements but I haven't had multiple diarrhea attacks.

5. Returning to dosing with Marijuana immediately makes me regular.

6. The worst two side effects have been dry mouth and sluggishness (but hydrating and a nice nap are not so bad treatments!)

7. The other side effects like euphoria, slow motion time, heightened senses (most notably vivid visual coloration), pain reduction, bouts of exaggerated laughter, and "the munchies," are actually quite welcomed!

Smoking does work, but I am worried about long term effects (and the aforementioned coughing and gagging). I have yet to try vaporizing.

I have been researching the issue of medical marijuana use and observing my local scene. I still think at least 51% of the legal users just want to get high, but considering the political and social history of drugs and narcotics (including alcohol prohibition), classifying cannabis as a "schedule I" substance is ridiculous on many levels.

Anyway, I can only speak for myself, but medical marijuana has greatly improved my quality of life. I wish there could be more and larger studies done on the effects of Marijuana in the cases of IBD, but that is currently forbidden by federal law.

In the meantime, I will continue to self-medicate and observe the results.

PS- Has anyone tried acupuncture?
12-26-2011, 06:47 AM   #39
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Hey, Delta-9!

I'm so glad you've had such positive results with the medical cannabis. You are fortunate to have access to such a great variety out there in CA. You can get strains that are higher in CBD's than in THC if the high ever becomes too much for you.

I fully recommend vaporizing instead of smoking. The vapors are safer and there is minimal irritation compared to combustion. You just vaporize the plant material until it turns a golden color and you can save that vaporized material and make your own edibles. Very effective edibles! It's really worth it.

I haven't tried acupuncture but I'm open to trying it.
12-26-2011, 01:29 PM   #40
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I tried acupuncture a few times and will try it again. It's effects are subtle. Cannabis on the other hand has immediate noticeable results. I would recommend getting a Whispr by iolite or the generic knock off of The Volcanoe for more than half the cost. Yes the knock off doesn't come with a warranty like the amazingly engineered German Volcanoe but it's basically a hair dryer element with a bowl piece and bag. It's the best way to vaporize in my opinion unless you want a portable like the iolite (also a great company).
12-27-2011, 04:50 AM   #41
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Thanks for the advice! Yes, I would like to vaporize. The hints on brands should come in handy on my vaporizer search. I did find a low THC strain with a super high (pun intended) CBD content. Super body feel, mellow headiness.

I would like to go back to acupuncture again but treatments are costly. I felt like my acupuncturist was trying to heal the WHOLE problem and wasn't just treating symptoms.

I'm glad I found this forum and I hope to contribute more in the future. Thanks again for your responses. I appreciate them and it's nice to know I'm not alone.
12-27-2011, 10:24 PM   #42
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I have a digital Volcano with the easy valve system. If you have the cash to spare, it is an excellent vaporizer. For portable use, I have the Magic Flight Launch Box (just got it for xmas).

I chose the MFLB over the iolite vaporizers because the MFLB does not use butane and I didn't want to mess around with it. I know of a lot of people that are really happy with their iolite vaporizers anyway so either one would be a good choice.

Welcome to the forum.
01-05-2012, 12:26 AM   #43
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I just got some tincture that is very mild in terms of 'high' and you just feel loose. Very little paranoia. If you do vape, just take a little. You don't need to get ripped if you want to just use it for it's benefits. Just use a small amount and build from there as pain, nasuea requires

I would suggest trying different strains. There are strain discussions in the private forum.

The benefits of ingesting/vaporizing over smoking are discussed in the original post of this thread but I don't feel one method would result in significant differences in anxiety levels, but everyone is different
01-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #44
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hey everyone,

well, i've been on antibiotics and all sorts of steroid/asocal regiments but my symptoms keep coming up. i've gotten to a point were i am bored of eating because its just going to hurt my stomach and cause me to have 4-5 bowel movements in a day.

up to this point only 2 things have worked. 1, i take steroids (predinsone) which makes me feel like garbage or 2, i take a pain med like hydro-codeine.

i've thought about medical marijuana but my doctor has never mentioned it as an options.

so my question is, which of the 3 is best? keep taking steroids? try to take pain meds? or try medical cannibus?

thanks for the help...
01-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #45
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I can't tell you which is best. Only you and your Dr can decide that BUT I would stick with the treatment the doctor prescribed, omit the pain pills, and use medical cannabis instead to see if it works for you.

I'm guessing that if you are going 4-5 times a day that it is mostly diarrhea. Medical cannabis may reduce diarrhea.

For me, it helps ease stomach pain and makes it easier to eat.
01-07-2012, 06:49 PM   #46
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the answer should be obvious.
01-09-2012, 12:43 AM   #47
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Ok so I am new to this all too. I have always suffered with stomach problems but it wasnt until my brother commited suicide 2 years ago that I was diagnosed with Crohns. I though I was having a heart attack and went to the ER. My hemoglobin was 3.8 so I had my first ever blood transfusion (6 units). Since then my daughters step sister was killed in the Joplin MO tornado and my father and his girlfriend lost their business in it as well. I ended up in the ER blacking out and they shoved an NG tube down my throat and then I had my forst bowel resection. I have tried several meds and am currently on Imuran and it causes me to get a yeast infection and thrush commonly. I had to quit my job because I worked with special ed in the school district but I had to spend half the day in the bathroom. I know I am rambling on but it feels good to talk to people that understand My question on this forum is, if you live in a state that does not legalize it what do you do about the bloodwork that we have to do monthly? I am all for relief but I also have 3 kids at home and 2 step kids ages 17,16,15,14,11. Just not sure what is right and what is not
01-09-2012, 01:51 AM   #48
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They shouldn't be checking for drugs , plus the doctors are on your side and there is doctor patient confidentiality they can't turn u into the police unless you are putting someone else in clear and imminent danger. Just don't let your kids find your stash and take it to school and you should be ok. Don't drive under the influence or have it anywhere in your vehicle except trunk. Use a turkey bag from grocery to store it so it doesn't smell. Google "NORML" and educate yourself on your rights and never admit anything or incriminate yourself or give up your rights.
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01-13-2012, 02:01 PM   #50
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tmw27, You have really lived through a lot of tragedy! I am so sorry all those things happend to you and, around you. About your blood-work. It has never been an issue for me in Texas.
01-15-2012, 04:28 AM   #51
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In Canada one can applie for a MMAR Medical marijuanna card if they have the aproval of both their GP and Gastrointerologist. I have had my card for several years and I have found the use of both sativa's and indica's most beneficial for pain reduction, nervous conditions, insomnia and so forth. Medical marijuanna is like any drug, when used properly it can be a benefit but when abused can turn the user into an adict or worse mental case.
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In Canada one can applie for a MMAR Medical marijuanna card if they have the aproval of both their GP and Gastrointerologist. I have had my card for several years and I have found the use of both sativa's and indica's most beneficial for pain reduction, nervous conditions, insomnia and so forth. Medical marijuanna is like any drug, when used properly it can be a benefit but when abused can turn the user into an adict or worse mental case.
Thank you for sharing this. I do know of a young crohnie who is using this in CA and she has saved herself from surgery. But vapourizing is the most beneficial proven.

Do you have IBD yourself? Would be great to hear your story. Welcome.
01-16-2012, 12:00 AM   #53
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ekay03 Thanks, I have learned not to ask what else could happen. It is nice to know that I havent been crazy my whole life. With both my pregnancies I was sick and lost weight and had to have my gall bladder and appendix removed and then a total hysterectomy at 27. If only I knew I had Crohns I could have saved a few steps. Anyway I LOVE this forum. I can say things like anal leakage and not feel like Im crazy. Its just nice to know Im not alone. I am looking in to getting a vaporizer. I just would like to cut out some of my meds. I take nausea meds wvertime I eat and then all I want to do is sleep. I have to take some meds to treat side effects of other meds. Again its so nice to be able to say stuff to people that understand.
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ekay03 Thanks, I have learned not to ask what else could happen. It is nice to know that I havent been crazy my whole life. With both my pregnancies I was sick and lost weight and had to have my gall bladder and appendix removed and then a total hysterectomy at 27. If only I knew I had Crohns I could have saved a few steps. Anyway I LOVE this forum. I can say things like anal leakage and not feel like Im crazy. Its just nice to know Im not alone. I am looking in to getting a vaporizer. I just would like to cut out some of my meds. I take nausea meds wvertime I eat and then all I want to do is sleep. I have to take some meds to treat side effects of other meds. Again its so nice to be able to say stuff to people that understand.
Well you haven't lost your sense of humor and that is good. It makes the suffering a little easier i think. I agree with you. It is really wonderful that we have a place to say anal leakage! Keep me posted on how you are doing. I don't have a vaporizer either. They are quite expensive, but I do check ebay. And one day I hope do get one. If you do get one, let me know. I would love a review. Take care
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01-16-2012, 04:32 PM   #56
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I get extremely paranoid when using cannabis. But I do feel a great deal of relief in regards to the gut. Is there a way of using it that would cause LESS paranoia? Is ingesting or vaporizing different then smoking it? I wish I could benefit from it, it would be so easy! LOL
Its not the pot that causes the paranoia, its the cops.

Suggest you get legal, do some research, crohns makes you elig for a growers license under Health Canada rules. Net is your friend, the permit is free and the doctors endorsing it are mounding up.

Marinol is a pill formed, legal subscription for the active ingred in pot, imho its not nearly as effective but completely legal and very expensive.
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In Canada one can applie for a MMAR Medical marijuanna card if they have the aproval of both their GP and Gastrointerologist. I have had my card for several years and I have found the use of both sativa's and indica's most beneficial for pain reduction, nervous conditions, insomnia and so forth. Medical marijuanna is like any drug, when used properly it can be a benefit but when abused can turn the user into an adict or worse mental case.
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Specialist has nothing to do with the process. The family physician is all that is needed and no fee is charged by health canada. Need not even be your family doctor, just a pot freindly doctor.
Nowhere in the entire process is the signature of a specialist required or indicated.
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Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history , Get a LIVESTONED wristband for your buds. "Down for the cause!"
The gov't consent to allow you to grow 76 plants and harvest huge amounts of bud is easy to obtain and the gov't fees are zero.

My med card is more of a statement than a hemp band, n'est pas?
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I found this forum by searching 'medical marihuana for crohn's' on Google and decided to join in.

I have had a flare-up again since a few days, because I had a lot of stress, yesterday someone suggested me to use marihuana to ease the pain, and since I live in the Netherlands, where the usage of marihuana is legal, it is not such a problem. I tried to smoke pot yesterday evening, and it totally helped me out. I felt less pain going to the toilet and was less anxious about what to do. It calmed me down, and made me handle my pain in a good way.

Having had agressive medicine (accutane) before I got diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis, which I feel is caused by this medicine (I did some research), I am now very sceptic towards such strong medicine, my doctor eventually wants me to go on prednisone, which I think is terrible.

Marihuana is a good option to endure a flare-up for me, in a country where marihuana is legal.
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