After publishing "Parenting in Pain", I got this email message from a reader. Given the topic, she
preferred to remain anonymous.
I have severe chronic pain from migraines. Uncontrollable. Pain so bad I vomit. Almost all the time. The doctors prescribe me pain killers and such (which I really really don't like taking) that I will use only if I have to. I've trialled almost everything known to man to prevent them without success.
However. There is one thing that helps me. Helps me stay peaceful. Relaxed. Even during the pain. It doesn't mask the pain or numb me out and make me loopy like pills. It just helps me deal with it better and in a calm manner. Marijuana. Not a lot. Just a puff or two. Keeps me from losing my cool with my kids when I am at my limits with pain. Makes the pain "just pain" and not a life consuming, agonizing state of being that I cannot escape. I don't know the laws in most places, but where I am, I have obtained a medical permit to possess and use (grow if I choose). I don't drive on it. I don't make major decisions while under the influence. but I do Breastfeed. I know who grows what I smoke (The little I do smoke). I know there are no chemicals or other drugs added. I don't smoke in the presence of my children. I believe it is less harmful than taking a vicodan. It's a homeopathic herb with pain relieving properties. It works. It's therapeutic.
My OB knows. My Children's Pediatrician knows. My Lactation Consultant knew. They all feel the same way ( Although they could not say that until they were informed it was legal for me to use. ) They all think it's a safe and therapeutic homeopathic medicine.
Since it is indeed a topic that doesn't get any attention, I decided to repost this, as requested, to get your opinion about it. I know many of you are avid readers and I was wondering if maybe someone had links to articles about the topic.
If you would, repost this without my name, anonymously. I would really like to know what the Mommy community thinks. This is a subject I have NEVER seen on any Mom Blog before. Thank you.
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Personally I am very open-minded about Marihuana - I am Belgian after all - and I can't see the harm in rationally using it medicinally. Nor would I see a problem in using it recreationally when not pregnant/breastfeeding and when used wisely, same as alcohol, which - like smoking - is a much more dangerous drug to me, but which is fully legal.