I Tried Medical Marijuana For My Chronic Pain

(heavy breathing)
(crying) – My name’s Kelsey and most of you know me as the loud mouth, no filtered, boss ass bitch producer
from Buzzfeed, which I am, but something that very
few people know about me is that I suffer from a
neuropathic, chronic pain condition know as Trigeminal Neuralgia, or TN. The Trigeminal nerve is a
nerve located within the brain. It’s primarily responsible
for transmitting sensation from the brain to the face. TN is a type of neuropathic pain. A type of pain that can occur when nerves are damaged or injured. In the medical field, Trigeminal Neuralgia is considered to be one of the worst pains known to mankind,
sending excruciating pain throughout the face, head, and jaw. The pain of TN is
comparable to severe burns, childbirth, and even the
bite of a bullet ant. (crying) – Don’t, don’t, I’m okay. – At one point, TN was
nicknamed the suicide disease because people who suffer
from this would take their own lives because of
the severity of the pain. Because of the pain, I’ve
had multiple surgeries to try and fix it, along
with expensive medications, therapies, treatments,
injections, acupunctures. I just had Botox injected
all across my forehead, into my scalp and jawline to
try and help with the pain. You can kind of see the bruising. I mean that costs $1,200
just to get this area done. You name it, I have tried it. Well, I have tried almost everything. (upbeat music) Recently, I’ve heard news
stories and read articles about marijuana helping chronic pain. I am at a point in my pain and in my life where I can’t take it
anywhere and I’m willing to try anything. I don’t smoke weed. Anymore. Something you should know about me, I smoked weed back in high school and then once I got older, I kind of started having really adverse reactions
to it, and just quit. Though I may not be a smoker anymore, I know that there’s hundreds
of strains of cannabis, so I needed to know exactly
what I was looking for. So I decided to a really
smart place at UCLA and talk to a really
fancy doctor about it. – There’s pretty strong evidence that whole leaf marijuana, or extracts of it, can be helpful for nerve pain. Chronic pain, but specifically nerve pain. Is the strongest evidence. – Wait a minute there, doc. Just how far back does this evidence go? There are records from 2900 BCE of Chinese Emperor Fu
Hsi stating marijuana possesses yin and yang. Around 1000 BCE in Ancient India, cannabis was combined with milk to drink as an anesthetic. The Ancient Greek doctor Galen would use cannabis to treat flatulence and pain. The Mexican Revolution
of 1910 brought many Mexican immigrants to
the US who introduced Americans to the recreational use of weed. The Great Depression
increased racial tension which caused the public
demand for government to crack down on marijuana use. Marijuana was then associated
with lower class communities. So basically for forever,
marijuana use wasn’t seen negatively until an influx of immigrants and racial tension caused
it to be criminalized, causing it to lose its
historical association with medicine. But, back to Dr. Strouse telling me something that blew my mind. – It’s not at all clear that THC alone has much pain-relieving affect. – Oh. Gonna be on the hunt, not for weed, but something called CBD oil, which is actually THC free. What is the difference
between CBD and THC? – The psychoactive part of marijuana, the part that gets you high, is THC. – Right. – CBD does not tend to make people feel high or intoxicated, that
there’s a balance there that a roughly one to
one mix sort of makes it easier for people to get a pain relief without that highness
that at least some people experience as unpleasant. – What? Why don’t these teach us this
kind of shit in high school? That there’s a weed out
there that I can smoke and not get high. Today I’m gonna go try
and get my weed card. I’m actually walking to a place that’s on the corner of my street, because in Los Angeles,
these places are everywhere. So you can’t just go
to your regular doctor to get a marijuana card,
you have to go to a doctor that specializes in medical
marijuana evaluations. So, got the paper, and the card. It took what, how long? – [Man] Like five seconds. – Like five seconds. So literally I sat in a
room and a nurse brought in a computer screen and
a guy on the other side was on Skype and I told
him what was wrong with me and he said, “Great, I’m gonna
give you a recommendation.” It was very sketchy but super easy. So I had my card and now I knew what I was kind of looking for, so now I just needed to go to a dispensary. Dispensaries just like a store for weed. (upbeat music) – My name is Allen, we’re
at WHTC in Studio City. You know, we’re not doctors, so, we really work with the patients to see what’s bothering them,
what their ailments are, and how we could help them. – So I notice you’re
using the word “patients.” – Yes. – [Kelsey] Explain what that means. – A lot of people say
customers, it’s that, no, we’re a medical marijuana dispensary. Everyone here is a patient. They went to a doctor, they have a– – Medical marijuana card, I just got one. – Medical marijuana
card, which is actually their prescription or their
doctor’s recommendation, saying that they can come in here and that they have an ailment that
requires medical marijuana. We see a wide variety of patients, dealing with all sorts of ailments. Anywhere from Crohn’s, diabetes, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chemo and cancer patients, absolutely. – Right. And people know about cancer. A lot people don’t know about, like, the anxiety that it can
with, or depression, or other “invisible illnesses.” – CBD’s very helpful because
it’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-arthritis. – So, what is the most popular
medicine you sell here? – Between flowers,
edibles, and concentrates– – Wait, flowers? – Flowers, as in medical marijuana. – [Kelsey] Okay, I was like, “What?” – So yeah, we refer to that as flower, then you have concentrate, which is also know an oil. Then we have topicals and
tinctures and edibles, so there’s top sellers
within every market. There’s just a wide variety. – Now it’s time to get to schmokin’. I just left the dispensary
and I’m actually feeling like, insanely optimistic. I’m in the parking lot at work, and I’m gonna just try
one of these things now ’cause I can’t wait to get home, so. I’m going to use this stick. – Another popular method,
especially for neuropathy, is topicals. – [Kelsey] Lotion. – [Allen] Lotion, exactly. – Oh. Oh wow, that’s very nice. Ah, god, that feels so good. It definitely smells
like kind of, Icy Hot. It has this weird cooling. So it’s been about two hours since I used the roll on stick. My muscles feel so relaxed. I still have a lot of the tightness where the nerve damage is. As far as the muscles in
my actual jaws and temple, oh my god, it’s like no
amount of physical therapy has given me relief for this long. – When people hear CBD, they
don’t know what CBD looks like, but if you’re looking
at it from a raw form. This would be our Mai Tai Cookies, and this has actually won first place at the High Time Cannabis
Cup for best CBD flower. – I was also really
nervous to try the flower. It tastes like pot. Because it reminded me of what I smoked in high school to get really high. When I used to smoke weed,
I just knew about two kinds: mids and dro. How much should I smoke? This is weird. I don’t know, I don’t trust this. Jesus fuck. Okay, so, I’ll let that settle in. But I was nervous for nothing. It turns out it was really great, and the thing I loved
most about the flowers was that it helped me the
most out of all the methods with my headaches so, anyone who suffers from chronic migraines, I would highly recommend this product. We see those things on Facebook, those videos where
someone’s having some sort of seizure or convulsion and they’re given some weed, whether
through a pen or a dose, and then five minutes later,
they’re totally normal. If we have proof like
that, why is the research still so, I don’t know,
underfunded, or shunned upon? – I’m gonna sound like a nerdy doctor and try to answer this question. – Please do, that’s why we’re here. – I apologize. But, you know, I’ve seen
some of those amazing video footage, for example,
the kids with these horrible epilepsy problems who go to Colorado, who
get Charlotte’s Web. – Right, we’ve all heard it. – That looks very compelling, and I think the fact that it’s so compelling and there’s so many
really moving testimonials by parents is why there
are now clinical trials being done with CBD by major university medical center neurology,
epilepsy specialists. – So we’re moving in the right direction? – [Dr. Strouse] We are, we are. – Okay, so it’s 6:30 on a Friday night, and while everyone else is going out and doing shit, I can
barely function as a human. The only thing that I can equate it to is like red hot fire ants
just biting your face and no matter what you
do, you can’t stop it. So, I’m going to try Black Medicated Rub. One CBD to THC, it doesn’t
really say how much to take, so I just took that. Oh my god, it smells so good. Let this settle in. It kind of looks like I just have a really poppin’ gloss on. – It’s a process. Start very small the first night, see how that affected you. Take note. Moving forward, you adjust. – So it’s been about 30 minutes
and I don’t feel anything, so we’re gonna take it up a notch. Gonna use this pen. What do you find to be the most popular? – The vape cartridge,
which is really quick. This is like almost instant relief. You vape it, and within a minute, you’re probably gonna feel the effects. – Delicious. Yo, I still cannot get over
the fact that I am a vape bro. It’s also considered to be
one of the healthiest ways to ingest cannabis,
’cause you’re not smoking any chemicals or papers. It was fast, it was easy,
it was by far the most convenient way to ingest the cannabis, but its effects didn’t last very long. So if you’re gonna try this method, I would suggest bringing it with you wherever you go, or getting a
higher concentrate in the pen. I’d read online that
people had a lot of success with tinctures, so I
bought a variety of kinds with various amounts of CBD and THC. Was pricey at $60, but hey,
willing to try anything. They were the most expensive
method that I tried, and none of them really worked for me. I don’t feel shit. About halfway through, I
think after repeatedly failing with the tinctures, I really
started to get depressed. (slow music) I just got done with one of
my doctor’s appointments. The appointment is $195 for a 20 minute appoinemtnt for someone to tell you
it’s trial and error and shit may or may not work. These specialist kinds of doctors aren’t covered by insurance and they have to get paid because the work that they’re doing is so underfunded. Of course they have to charge a bunch ’cause all of this shit
is so experimental. The idea that medical
marijuana is something that you can keep in your home, it’s at my disposal whenever I want it, I can take it whenever I want it. That would be like a fucking miracle, ’cause I am so sick of these
fucking doctor’s appointments. But then I think medical marijuana maybe that is the best option to even try first. I don’t know, it’s starting to
really fuckin’ fuck with me. Is the legalization of marijuana kind of undermining the
use of it as medicine, too? Like, are people afraid
that if medical marijuana becomes kind of the norm, will people stop going to see doctors, will people stop writing prescriptions, will the pharmaceutical world collapse? Is that a concern? – Though yes, my hunches may be there are people concerned about that, at another level people,
many people are worried about how responsible is big
marijuana gonna be, right? Big marijuana, like big tobacco, which until whatever year it was, 1982, was telling us that cigarettes
didn’t cause lung cancer. So it’s a huge business opportunity here and they’re going for it
and so, in whose interest will that business development be? Marijuana’s still illegal according to the Controlled Substances Act
of the federal government. It’s simply to work with the organizations that the federal government sustains, is really complicated and bureaucratic and that’s one of the reasons
why there’s so much anger. – Right, around it. – Around it. – ‘Cause then it becomes
like a government thing. We’re letting the government
control whether or not people can get better. While there is research being done, the US is so far behind
compared to other countries. There are still so many
states where this is illegal, and there is a stigma of that hippy stoner, vibe attached to this medicine. I could not imagine
living in a state where I needed this to function
and then potentially having to go to a job where they drug test and not being able to take my medicine. I want people to watch this video and rethink their relationship and their opinions on marijuana. To cheer myself up, I
decided to take an edible which I have heard so many horror stories where people have eaten
it, don’t feel anything, they eat more, and then
like two hours later, they’re melting into the wall. So I made my roommate
try it with me, and guys, this was the one time
that I got super high. And we also made some
brownies and just laughed and I got nothing done, I
couldn’t even blog about it. I just realized that that method is not practical for my lifestyle. Last minute I decided to add
one more thing to the test. This was a medication that
I had talked to Dr. Strouse about, it’s called Charlotte’s Web. So they can actually sell
it to any state in America because it’s considered hemp, and not cannabis. This one I’m really excited to try because this is the kind of strain that we see in those Facebook videos. They recommend that you use
this and kind of integrate it into part of your diet so
they’re saying it might not work the first time,
maybe it does for some people, but it’s something that
you should do daily. Mmm, it tastes like mint chocolate chip. Charlotte’s Web. Oh my god, Charlotte’s Web. I promise, despite the look of my hair, I’m doing much better today. I actually slept, like, some of the best sleep
I’ve slept in a long time, which, to have a pain free
sleep night is pretty rare. So I’m gonna start using this a lot more. It took a couple days of
tinkering with the amounts to figure out what was most
effective, but I highly recommend any chronic pain
patients to try this first. Even though it’s $150 a bottle, which lasted me about a month, it was worth every penny. When I started this
journey, I think the thing I was most afraid of was, would ingesting the
cannabis affect my energy or my ability to function
or my personality? When in reality, I was
able to sleep better, and my headaches were less frequent, which gave me more energy. I just so badly want
others to be able to have the chance to experience what I did. What’s it gonna take for that to happen? Is it like a big company
backing medicinal marijuana? What is it gonna take? Is it money? Is it more signatures? I don’t know, what? – Well I think for us to do, for example, this kind of research in
the VA, a federal entity, would probably require a repeal of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. – If you get anything from this video, know that it’s, chronic pain sufferers don’t just want your sympathy. They want your support and your action. I put some links below to organizations that are working all across the country to reform medical marijuana laws as well as some resources for
chronic pain sufferers. I want to give a huge shout
out and thanks to WHTC, UCLA, and the Facial
Pain Research Foundation. And if you’re a sufferer, I
just wanna say, don’t give up. Keep trying different methods. Talk to your doctor, make
them listen to your concerns. Tell them about cannabis,
talk to them about cannabis. I am happy to have found an
alternative to prescription pills or opiates because a lot of times that’s the first option chronic
pain sufferers are given. And for people like me,
whose condition doesn’t even react to opiates, this
has been an incredibly life changing experience. I’ve been so happy to
be educated about this and learn more about how my body reacts to medical marijuana so
that I’m not so nervous or afraid of it anymore. I’m gonna keep using the CBD roll-on stick and I use the Charlotte’s Web everyday, but I’m not gonna stop trying things. This is definitely not the solution. It’s not over. And just seeing the widespread acceptance of this plant as medicine, makes me feel incredibly excited and optimistic about chronic pain. For the first time ever. (upbeat music)

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100 thoughts on “I Tried Medical Marijuana For My Chronic Pain

  1. So this disease is obviously horrible but people in the comment section pretending like pharmacist and doctors in the pharmaceutical company knows we need and o so this disease is obviously horrible but people in the comment section pretending like pharmacist and doctors and the pharmaceutical company knows weed and or Medical marijuana can heal these people basically but they don’t care they just want to make it illegal to get people hooked on addictive drugs that are less affective and let them feel this horrible pain do you not have any idea what they are talking about 99.999% of you aren’t a part of medical school or in a pharmacy program. And you also owe every medical innovation ever and every drug ever to the same people you were demonizing without any evidence of a conspiracy theories and you also just use stories like this so you can smoke it recreational which is not the same thing as medical marijuana it’s already legal and more than half the states it should be legal in all for medical use but you’re not going to go buy a bundle of weed and smoke it and feel better if you think that you were just a moron don’t understand anything about medical marijuana…

  2. In a way it is just a business opportunity and its just greedy corporate weed companies just getting a cash grab. we don't know long term affects of this, in mass quantities at least.

  3. She looks like one of those girls that used to skip class to smoke a blunt with 7 heads and act high for 3 weeks after smoking it.

  4. I suffer from an “don’t know the name of it” skin condition. It’s not curable and the medicine doesn’t help. But marijuana does. I can’t be in heat and sometimes I cry even in ac because it gets that bad. Like last night I was falling asleep and woke up in so much pain itching.

  5. I have nerve pain and have tried many cannibus methods and they do absolutely nothing for me :/ only thing that has ever helped at all is opiods

  6. imagine thinking weed does anything for you thats positive, it has more tar than cigarettes and causes more wars than oil.

  7. I have severe anxiety, panic attacks, and what I believe to be ptsd but I haven’t been to the VA yet about it. I feel like I am constantly in danger but the danger never comes and that sends me into a panic attack were I have had to call 911 several times because I thought I was having a heart attack. I have recently started taking a high mg cbd oil and for the past few days I can feel a sense of calm that I haven’t felt since before I was in the military. I can take 1.5 ml and for several hours I can feel somewhat normal again. But being stressed for so many years I think my brain has rewired itself to think stress and anxiety is normal, so I can still find my self stressing but my mind is not racing, but I focus on my heart and any little muscle movement or feeling in my chest makes me start worrying again. So if anyone could suggest something that could help more I would like to know, because I drive a truck so I have to be able to pass a DOT physical.

  8. My girl has fibromyalgia and the only thing she can take that makes the pain go away is marijuana and yet the doctors keep INSISTING she takes prescriptions for Percocets… you’re not a doctor if you recommend poison to your patients. Especially poison that YOU make money off of for every prescription you write

  9. I legitimately have the same chronic pain as you but i cant take medical marijuana cuz im only 12 but every hour i get it but im lucky that i dont have it right know

  10. Came for the title, found something else with a little bit of the title mixed in. This is more like an "intro to cannabis as a a pain reliever" kind of a video than a personal experience shared. Not really clickbait but perhaps not titled well for audience. (?)

  11. Sod this so called med marijuana i recently had stage 4 cancer of left tonsil and used home made oil with everything in it and with just radiation alone beat it and doc was amazed so get yer own made and ignore the mainstream scare work backed by pharmaceuticals , thc is fantastic and i highly recommend it,im 53 and a nurse

  12. I wonder how much risk and damage a thick daily layer of facial make-up can add to the scenario. Skin is supposed to breathe.

  13. Different types of weed work better than others, however some types of weed can make a headache worse, usually hybrids. CBD is the painkiller so find one that is high in CBD.

  14. Nobody:

    Smartass in the Internet: medical marijuana= good, so recreational marijuana = good.

    I support the use of medical marijuana, however there is no need to legalize recreational marijuana.

  15. It definitely sounds awful, but I can't imagine calling face pain "the worst" "in the world" over someone with chronic back pain/spinal fusion. But I've never experienced TN so who knows

  16. its a no brainer when I asked my Christian friend if he thinks "god" put pot on the planet for a reason, he looked at me and said "well the told me it was satan's play to tempt man"
    then he said "but its obviously bs because science has proven the medical wonders it can achieve, so I doubt satan has anything to do with it" then he laughed. I was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was 20… here I am 39 with absolutely no pain, no sickness.. so no one can tell me it doesnt work. LEGAL or NOT

  17. i live in texas and cbd/ hemp products just got legalized. i went to a new cbd shop today and i was just dreaming of the day cannabis gets legalized. can’t wait to see dispensaries pop up!

  18. America only cares about its finances not its people. Remember this country is meant for the powerful people and we the consumers just pay for everything

  19. My mom also have chronic pain and nerve damage she takes weed and she said she feels her old self and able to sleep through nights also helps my headaches I always get

  20. My chronic pain is probably not nearly as bad but I’ve tried so many different medications that make me feel so awful. One made me so lightheaded and dizzy I almost passed out at work. Weed has made my life so much more bearable with almost no nasty side effects.

  21. She's hot but daamn she has a lot of makeup. Take a putty spatula to the face and remove the 3 cm of makeup she has on. She's hot, but too much makeup is a turnoff.

  22. I’m in the uk, and i illegally smoke marijuana as a treatment for my pains and depression. I literally struggle to function if i’m not high in some way, because of it being illegal it’s really hard, my sister like me smokes it to treat her anxiety and it has helped us both, weed has calmed me down in my biggest meltdowns where had it happened when i smoked cigarettes i probably would’ve hurt myself, please change your views on weed, if we can drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes why can’t we smoke weed? also if weed was legal, we’d have SO MUCH LESS drug deaths!

  23. Crazy to watch this video again 2 years later and now there is a large display for all kinds of CBD chocolate bars and oils and teas at most of the locations of the national grocery store chain I work at. Right at the front of the store 😃

  24. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia. It sucks that you have it but feels calming to see I am not alone. I have tried every epileptic med possible & nothing. Neurosurgeon is trying to force me to get the surgery, I continue to refuse. I have been doing so much research on this and he continues to say that medical marijuana doesn't work on this but there are so many people that disagree. I go to DENT Neurological Institute & THEY have that program & won't approve me. Smh. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia, PTSD, Migraines & etc. Idk I wouldn't benefit from this.

  25. a lot of this is propaganda. disappointed in myself for clicking on it and contributing to the views… i would like to know how much she researched medications which are FDA approved before resorting to this. i understand she is in pain and in a less than ideal financial situation for her condition. she needs help and she claims this helps her, so people should be empathetic towards that. but the idea that marijuana is some universal healer and a healthy/organic plant should not be promoted. it is a drug any way you slice it, and just like any drug, it is associated with many risks which are irresponsibly not explored in this video. she tries to frame it as a completely safe and negative effect-free medication, but that is not the experience that many people have with it and she has not been using it medicinally for long enough to give her opinion. she pointed out that the us has done very little research on this subject. consequently, we don't know exactly how these substances will impact users long-term because marijuana circulates at a completely different potency today than it did in previous decades. of the research that does exist, many studies indicate that weed increases the likelihood of developing mental illness in users who have a genetic predisposition towards mental illness. many people are unaware that they do have such a genetic predisposition and thus unknowingly make themselves more susceptible to developing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc. furthermore, as she herself endured, people abruptly have adverse reactions to the substance even after years of good experiences and can unexpectedly trap themselves in states of drug induced psychosis. medical marijuana should be a LAST resort. there ARE risks associated with it and she totally glosses over them in this video in favor of attempting to apply her personal, individual experience to every person who is struggling with an illness. the most responsible thing that she did in the whole video was consult a medical professional. the narrative that she tries to push about weed being totally safe and having the potential to replace doctors to a certain degree (laughable) will certainly lead some viewers to try and self-medicate without the help of a physician and that is not something that should be encouraged in any capacity. disappointed. hope that the general public, especially young people, can do more research and make more informed decisions than what was depicted here.

  26. I'm honestly not sure but I had a bladder infection two days ago. Then I smoked weed and the next day it was almost gone. I am not sure if there really is a connection but it was pretty weird to me. Maybe it's just my imagination, idk!

  27. I heard that having CBD with a small THC ratio (20:1) is best. Because the THC sort of improves the effects/benefits like being calm.

  28. Does TN start off mild and get worse over time?
    I am feeling pain around my jaw, especially when I am chewing food and am really worried I might have TN.
    Gonna go to the doctor soon

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