08.27.2019

How I use medical marijuana for Lyme and fibromyalgia

A few weeks ago, I had a reader ask how I use medical marijuana as part of my treatment protocol for Lyme and fibromyalgia. I probably use medical marijuana a little differently than most people since I primarily use it for sleep and pain relief at bedtime.

To explain, I’ve recorded a video of my current medical marijuana protocol.

How I use medical marijuana for #Lyme & #fibromyalgia | Fed Up with Fatigue

For those who prefer to read, the gist of the video is this:

  • I generally don’t use medical marijuana during the day because I need to be able to function for work. On really high pain days, however, I will sometimes vape marijuana and/or take a THC capsule from my local dispensary.
  • At bedtime, I use a two-step approach to getting better sleep using medical marijuana: I vape marijuana to provide pain relief and help me relax and fall asleep. Then, I take cooking hash orally in MCT oil to help me stay asleep. The vaping lasts about an hour. As the vaping is wearing off, the cooking hash is kicking in to help deepen and keep me asleep for several hours.
  • In addition to the products I buy from my local dispensary, I also use pain-relieving lotions containing hemp CBD oil. My favorite topical products are from Resonant Botanicals.

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I’ve written several articles about using cannabis and CBD oil for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme disease. Click here to access those articles!

Now it’s your turn: Do you use medical marijuana? Share your protocol and what works for you in the comments!

Comments

  1. Veronica Gilbert says

    CBD Isolate is a great alternative that many don’t know about. It’s a white powder you put in very small doses under your tongue. It quiets the fibro rage inside and helps control random pain. You have to find a good provider of it where it is consistently tested. Fully Activated in Colorado is my choice. I still vape CBD/Indica for brain relief.

  2. Christine W says

    I’ve been using medical marijuana for two months now and it’s been life changing!!! It really takes some trial and error… But a guy at my dispensary told me for fibro you have to do internal and external. I take 1:1 tablets (2.5mgs of CBD: THC) and there is no high feeling so I can take during the day (the first two doses I took made me very sleepy). I use three different kinds of topicals. (A balm, lotion and patch). I bought flower to make oils use for edibles and sublingually. I have vape for immediate relief if needed! I was in a really bad pain flare for several months where my tramadol had gone from about 60% efficacy to about 30%. On medical cannabis my pain is often 0-1 now. It definitely is still there and a couple times a week it will go up but Max of 5….. It was at a pretty constant 8 for months before this. I take gummies at bed and I sleep so great!! Often 8 straight hours and I wake up feeling refreshed. If I’m tired now I feel sleepy or tired not that fibro fatigue. I’m so happy to have my life back!!! It’s pretty expensive but I don’t even care….. It’s worth it to have a life again.

  3. Jeannine Clearman says

    Thank you for the video. Wish it was legal in S.C. hemp doesnt work for me. I googled those cremes and they are very expensive. I do recommend Theraworx from Amazon. It has magnesium and colloidal silver so good for inflammation. I also like cryoderm. Like biofreeze but last longer and better. Those are my 2 OTC cremes .thank you again

  4. Hello Donna, I just watched your video on using medical marijuana for pain relieve and sleep. I myself have battled fibromyalgia for over 20 years now. I have been to so many doctors, including natural holistical doctors, tried so many medications but can not handle the side affects, had so many tests done, bloodwork, every kind of natural treatment including chiropractic, massage and physical therapy, acupuncture treatments, etc. I’ve spent so much money and time over the years looking for relief and quality of life. I still work a full time job in a professional environment where a lot of times, I have to publicly speak. It’s quite a challenge. I am also medical approved for medical marijuana and have dabbled a lot with it. Honestly, it works better then anything else I have tried. I prefer edibles that I make myself over vaping or smoking. I’m just not a smoker as it bothers my lungs with pain. The edibles work greatly as I have been doing this on and off for a few years now. My only issue that I’m having and trying to figure out if it’s related or not, is my hair is falling out. A lot. Last summer of 2018, I went to the demonologist and she said it is called telogen effluvium. It’s basically hair shedding but in large amounts. It’s a 3 month cycle and then it stops. It’s not permanent hair loss but boy, it really has been a lot of hair loss. It only last about 3 months but is scary. Fall of 2018, it just stopped. There is usually something that triggers it. Possible medications or trauma of some sort. Once it stopped, I felt much better about it and was waiting for it to grow back. And it has started. Then, again this summer of 2019, it started again! My hair is still thin from the last time and I shedded more. So I started thinking because I’m not sure what is bringing it on. What is different in my life?? I started thinking, maybe the marijuana?? So I am putting this out there to see if any others have had this problem.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I haven’t heard of marijuana doing that, but there’s a saying that anything is possible when you have fibro. I have had that happen to me and figured out that it was something in the natural shampoo I was using. I’ve tried new shampoos since then, and some of them cause it and some do not. I haven’t been able to narrow down the actual ingredient.

      • I have had fibro for 26 years and I noticed that my hair has thin a lot over the past 5 years and every time I shower I get a bunch of hair falling out,,, I think it’s probably a combination of fibro and getting older( ouch, 🙂 I said it) ,,, I am starting to use marijuana for pain and sleep and am having difficulty finding something that keeps me sleeping at night,,,, best wishes

  5. Allison Marshak says

    I really appreciate all you do for those of us dealing with Fibromyalgia, Lyme CFIDS/ME, Donna, especially given your recent health issues. Many, many thanks!
    I’m so glad medical marijuana can help. Unfortunately, for those of us with any kind of arrhythmia, THC is contraindicated, even in small amounts. I got my license here in FL and Indica really helped until the arrhythmia returned.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I’m sorry to hear that. It’s always something, isn’t it? 🙁

      • My rheumatologist referred me for medical marijuana. I have fibromyalgia and RA. Besides my RA meds, I take Dilaudid. I really have itching side effects from opioids. My current pain management dr doesn’t do medical marijuana but said the monthly cost is expensive because it is out of pocket. Money is very tight for us. I was wondering how much do you usually pay for medical marijuana products? Thanks.

        • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

          I usually spend around $100-$150 per dispensary visit, and I go to the dispensary about every 6-8 weeks. I’ve been told the prices here in Delaware are high though compared to other states. I don’t know if that’s true or not.

    • What about just using high amounts of cbs no thx,,, ( with arrhythmia)

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