Morphine Stopped Working and The Side Effects Were Killing Me
The morphine stopped working and the side effects were destroying my life. I began to look for something else.
My name is Ramon Garcia and this is my cannabis story…
After a few years of returning pain in my feet and back, my doctor finally agreed to send me for an MRI. It revealed total destruction of my L4 & L5 discs and I was immediately scheduled for a discectomy to clear out the debris and was told I should be pain free within months.
The pain persisted and another MRI was scheduled. I was told that a piece of debris created permanent scar tissue on the nerve causing it to constantly send pain down both legs.
After this I went through a nearly 2 year period of trying everything I could to manage my pain – from acupuncture, acupressure, every non opiate nerve medication and a consistent elevation of opiates. The latter ultimately resulted in pain relief – morphine sulfate 60-90mg every 6 hours for almost 13 years.
Towards the end of those years I became acutely aware that the morphine was not working and the side effects were destroying my life. My mood changed and I literally felt numb. In my search for some type of relief and a deep desire to rid myself of the morphine, I found several people with similar conditions professing relief with cannabis. I believe in the medicinal benefits of herbs and had tried cannabis but was not receiving the full benefits and wondered why.
As I researched more, I spoke with a chemist who explained to me how the endocannabinoid system works and how opiates block your receptors from accepting the benefits of cannabis. As I dosed off the morphine, my body changed and instantly began to feel the full effects of cannabis.
It’s been nearly 3 years now with nothing but cannabis products to manage my pain. I find Indica or India dominant hybrid strains work the best for nerve pain.I smoke, vape, and use tinctures and at times edibles at night, all of which work great.
Cannabis gave me my life back!