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Mi Medical Marijuana Expo and IBS
      #348693 - 08/03/09 12:19 PM
michele

Reged: 06/02/03
Posts: 6886
Loc: southeastern michigan

Hello everyone, I'm an old timer here, its always good to see so many new faces! I haven't been posting much because I have been very busy working with the new Medical Marijuana (MM) laws in my state of Mi. We are the 13th state to pass medical rights for the use of marijuana.

As with any state in the US, you must have a qualifing condition in order to get your legal state card. IBS is a qualifing condition and helps not only my tummy issues but it also helps with my chronic pain and other symptoms from my sarcoidosis.



Here is the link to the expo
http://www.mmmexpo2009.com/

Here is a link to the Mi Medical Marijuana Association, lots of good info to be found there, just click on the headers across the top or read through the threads.
http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/

If anyone would like more info or would like to talk in private about this, please feel free to email me, my info is in my profile, just be sure to indicate you to from the IBS board so I don't think you are spam!

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      #348723 - 08/04/09 06:58 AM
Kappy

Reged: 10/09/08
Posts: 852
Loc: Mississippi

I'm at work, so I can't say much, but I know that MS needs to pass this law as well. I do not have a prescription, but I know it helps me, ALOT! It's the only thing that gets rid of the pain!

I might move to Michigan! LOL.... Or one of the other 13 states! LOL..

Thanks for the INFO!!!!

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      #348728 - 08/04/09 08:14 AM
michele

Reged: 06/02/03
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Loc: southeastern michigan

You are welcome. I think that over the next few years more and more states will pass medical usage laws and we will start seeing the decriminalization for small amounts. To me, I think its ABSURD that there are so many people locked up for non violent, first offense possession of a simple plant. A simple plant that has proven medicinal benefits and that not one single person has ever died from.

Since I've started using MM, I have been able to completely eliminate one anti-depressant and lycria-a drug used for neuropathy pain with a lot of side effects and I have cut WAY back on my vicodin use. I was taking 4-6 a day, now I take 4-6 a WEEK!

For those of you that this may be a new concept for, know that you no longer have to smoke marijuana to enjoy the benefits it has to offer. You can use a vaporizer, google volcano if you are interested. Mediables, food made from marijuana oil, are wonderful. You can make so much more than just brownies!!! You can even use the leaf material to put into capsules to get the anit inflammatory effects of the CBD's (one of the compounds in marijuana) and because there is such little amounts of THC in that, most people don't get that "high" feeling associated with marijuana. I have also found that the capsules we make using our leaf matter help keep me more regular.

MM has improved my depression greatly and decreased my anxiety. My shrink thinks its a great alternative for me as well. The constant nausea I was expierencing has greatly improved, I rarely throw up anymore. The anti inflammatory properties help with my swelling greatly and actually improves my IBS problems.

Also keep in mind that there are MANY, hundreds at least, different strains of marijuana. First off, what you may have bought as a teenager in high school is NOT medical grade. Medical grade is grown with care, mine is all organic and comes from the best genetics available. Certain strains cause different feelings and helps certain problems better. The main two types of medical marijuana are indica's and sativia's. Indica's are short, more dense plants that produce a "body" high, more like a narcotic pain medicine. When most people think about marijuana this is what they usually invision. It can make you just want to be lazy, it can be body numbing so good for extreme pain and usually gives people the munchies. The sativa's are much taller plants that usually take longer to grow and produce more of a cerbreal high. Sativa's are a very energetic "up" type of feeling. Excellent for depression, tends to make people more social.

Within those two main types there are hundreds of strains. Certain strains work better for certain people. The strain Blueberry I find will kill my nausea with just the smallest amount. If I am having a bad pain day, I have a strain called RX that was designed for pain relief.

At our Compassion Meetings, which we hold every month at local libraries, we get all sorts of people. Sure, there is always a kid or two thinking this is just a cool way to legally get high and we discourage them from our groups very quickly. The majority of people are your average Joe. We have several older couples that have never used medical marijuana before but because of serious health issues like cancer and MS, they are trying it and I think thats wonderful. For the most part, its about people coming together that either haven't received adequate relief from traditional medicines or they are looking for alternative, more natural relief without all the harsh side effects from most modern pharmacuticals (sp? sorry, spell check on the blink!)

This is something I am very passionate about and I feel that it can help a lot of people with a lot of different illnesses. Try googling Rick Simpson Oil, he has made a concentrate oil and it has been proven to actually kill certain types of cancer. If this just isn't your cup of tea, I respect that but please have an open mind to those that do find relief from something so natural.



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      #348733 - 08/04/09 11:06 AM
Lisa Marie

Reged: 07/17/06
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Loc: Lakewood, CO

This is SO awesome, Michele! I am so happy to hear that you have found something that really works for you!!! Are you still working at your old job, or have you started a new career as a result of this change in legislation? Are you growing your own plants, or do you get the finished product from somewhere? I don't personally have a need for this, but I think it's about time we headed in this direction. I agree with you 100% about decriminalization!

Anyway, just very curious about how this all works! I'm pretty sure my state, CO, is one of those 13...

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      #348735 - 08/04/09 12:08 PM
michele

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At the moment, I'm still working for the optometrist but I am hoping to change that in the near future. In our state, the law says that each patient is legally allowed to grow 12 plants. If you are unable/unwilling to grow your own, you can assign a caregiver. So, lets say you were a patient and needed medication but can't grow your own for whatever reason. You would name me your caregiver, we have to register that with the state and than I am allowed to grow your plants for you for a service fee. Each patient/caregiver can add up to five other people as there own patients.

The law is very new here and there are no provisions for dispensaries like you see in CA. However, me and several others have formed a type of co-op. We also plan on opening a club house of sorts if you will. We are putting together the business plan right now and plan to meet with some city officials in the next couple of weeks.

Its been a fun journey for me. I admit to having used marijuana before it was legal but I have never grown it before or even knew anyone who did. I can say that I have successfully grown and harvested my first crop of medical marijuana. There is a lot to learn about the process and it can be very tricky but its a great hobby and very relaxing for me.

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      #348741 - 08/04/09 04:29 PM
Gerikat

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I think you are positively, absolutely wonderful, and I don't even know you. For those who would judge, let them walk a mile in your shoes. How incredible that you are helping others, when I detect that your day-to-day life cannot be easy. God forbid, if I complain about a little headache, when hearing what you deal with on a daily basis is mind-blowing. For that matter, the IBS pales in comparison.

I so admire you and what you are doing. You sound very knowdgeable about MM, and I hope people take advantage of that knowledge. God Bless You!!!

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      #348748 - 08/04/09 09:42 PM
mrae

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Loc: California

Are you ibs-d or c?

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      #348756 - 08/05/09 12:22 PM
michele

Reged: 06/02/03
Posts: 6886
Loc: southeastern michigan

Thank you! The past 6-7 years have not been easy for me. However, I'm am learning to adjust to my new normal and my limitations.

I feel very passionate about the MM cause as I feel it can really help a lot of people with a wide variety of illness and issues. I think once people become more informed about the benefits of cannabis and see that we are normal, everyday people that go to work and pay taxes, peoples perceptions will change.

I just find it very odd that people will accept the fact that I am ill and in pain so its ok to load me up on oxycodone 40mg twice a day AND 2 vicodin every 6 hours a day and tell me to get a scooter chair if it hurts too much to walk. I don't even remember 6 months of my life from pain pills that I took EXACTLY as I was prescribed by a pain management doctor. I won't even tell you what HELL the withdrawal was. Not to mention the THOUSANDS of people that die from prescription pain pills yearly. All thats ok but if I chose to treat myself, with a doctors recommendation no less, with a plant that grows naturally-than I must be a criminal and a druggie.

Thats what this expo is about. Teaching and learning. Acceptance. Control of our own health care.

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      #348757 - 08/05/09 12:29 PM
michele

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Loc: southeastern michigan

I used to be C from the time I was about 15 up until I was about 36 or so. Than I had a major change to extreme D, like 20 times a day sort of thing for long while. I just turned 39 and I guess I'd have to say I alternate between the two currently.

The actual medical marijuana "bud" may or may not help with C or D but for most people it helps with the pain and cramps. If I am C, taking the capsules made from the leaf material seems to help get things moving more than anything. If I am having a D attack, smoking, or in my case vaporizing the bud material works better to alleviate the painful, explosive D and cramping.

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      #348764 - 08/05/09 05:32 PM
Gerikat

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Michelle- it's all about control and $$$$. If an organization cannot control and make money off it or patent it, well, they are going to make your life h*** to get it. It is a dirty rotten shame that the FDA, government, AMA, and all the other crap organizations out there, have so much control over our lives.

Of course it makes sense to use MM instead of these potent, addictive, life-threatening drugs. Prescription drugs kill more people than illegal drugs, and it's legal! The idiots try to market these drugs not only to the elderly, but to our kids...just look at TV. They are a bunch of morons in my opinion, and I am glad we have someone like you, trying to educate their sorry a****.

And also let me say, from looking at your pic, you are a very beautiful woman on the outside too, despite what you go through on a daily basis.

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