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Posted on: May 16, 2017 11:51PM

BulletproofLegs wrote:

hi everyone,

I'm going to get my medical marijuana card on Thursday and I'm wondering if anyone else has. What have your experiences been

This is not my beautiful life! Dx 3/3/2011, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 9/6/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/26/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 20, 2017 03:55AM jmayersf wrote:

I just got mine too! I live in San Francisco and there are apothecaries specializing in the medicinal aspects of marijuana. Namely, they had recommendations for nausea, for sleep, for pain, for appetite, and as well as recreational purposes. They did a great job of explaining the differences between tinctures, vape, conventional smoking, and edibles.I got a list from my medical provider and also heard recommendations in my chemo class. But finding the right place, can make a big difference. I have a friend who is a Palliative Care doc, and what she has said that Medical Marijuana is not a cure-all or magic bullet. But it can be useful.
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May 20, 2017 05:09PM StellaStarr wrote:

I am all for medical marijuana! I cannot take opioids for pain, leaving me with Tylenol as my only go-to OTC drug. This was a real issue when I was on aromatase inhibitors. The chronic constant pain was unbearable. Because I live in CA, I was able to get a card for medical marijuana beginning in 2010. Now its legal as a recreational drug. It's still medicine to me. If you are going to use pot, educate yourself on the difference between indica and sativa strains, hybrids, edibles, topicals, oils, CBD, THC, vapes, etc., and how and when to use each product. They all have a place in successful treatment. I prefer indicas and high CBD for pain control or insomnia. It also helps ease my depression due to refractory lymphedema. Helps me feel more "normal." Overall, my experiences have all been positive, but like I mentioned, the key is educating yourself. If you live in the Sacramento, CA area, I can recommend a few dispensaries for quality products and expertise.

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May 25, 2017 07:51PM MamaEnki wrote:

I am considering getting mine. I don't have bad side effects yet from chemo, but I feel it is better to be prepared.

jmayersf- I am San Francisco as well. What apothecary did you go too?

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May 25, 2017 10:27PM jmayersf wrote:

The two that were recommended are: The Apothecarium (apothecariumsf DOT com) and SPARC (sparcsf DOT org). I went to the Apothecarium and was pleased with the service and advice.

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Aug 10, 2017 04:55PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

Anyone out there have experience with Rick Simpson Oil (marijuana) vs CBDPure made from hemp. Pros-Cons. One Pro for me is that I can have CBDPure shipped to me, legally. With RSO, will need to find a seller and go out of state. Experiencing joint pain and stiffness (trigger thumb and fingers from AI hormonal therapy. Have occasional sleepless and found that sometimes cookies helped me sleep for soundly, but did not actually make me sleepy) I also posted this to forums on Alternative Medicine; Pain; Chemo-before, during, after; Complimentary and Holistic.

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Aug 11, 2017 08:16AM dtad wrote:

Hi everyone....I live in NJ where medical marijuana is legal but not recreational. I got a prescription from doc for pain and insomnia. He told me you can only smoke it, no edibles. I know very little about it and I'm looking to educate myself. Any feedback? Thanks. Good luck to all.

Dx 3/20/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2015, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Aug 11, 2017 08:29AM bareclaws wrote:

Smoking or vaping would definitely give the quickest relief from pain. Like immediate. Edibles are hard to dose (much stronger than you anticipate-ask me how I know) and take a LOT longer to kick in. Up to 90 minutes. You don't want to wait that long if you're in pain.

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Aug 11, 2017 10:22AM Freya wrote:

Does it help with appetite? I'm losing so much weight :( Tried some nutritional supplements, bleh, tasted like sweetened condensed milk mixed with sawdust.

I'm in Australia and we have some half assed law, if you are stage IV you can register with the police, and they can use their discretion to charge you for having drugs or not. Mind you it is still illegal to buy it, but you can grow enough for personal use, maybe, once again discretionary.

I'm more interested in an oil, but would have to work out how to distill it.

Dx 2009, ILC/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2017 11:10AM Metster-Mom wrote:

I'm in MA and have been taking CBD pills. It has helped with anxiety, appetite and pain. My only concern is that it will interact with the Ibrance once I start it at the end of the month. Anyone know anything about the interaction between Ibrance and cannabis?

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Aug 11, 2017 01:35PM bareclaws wrote:

Freya, it will definitely help with appetite. The munchies are real!

It's all illegal where I live, which hasn't kept me from obtaining or using anything.

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Sep 12, 2017 12:58AM scaligirl wrote:

I don't have a medical mj card but will say that using mj has been tremendously helpful in managing my post-surgical pain. I was thinking I was going to give myself an ulcer for all the Advil I took this weekend. Mj is much more effective and it relaxes me so I can sleep too. If you can do it, by all means do it. I live in CA thank goodness.

Dx 8/10/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/10/2017, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/8/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/2/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 12, 2017 01:06AM JWoo wrote:

mj is the only thing that stops my nerve pain from my surgeries. it's been a life saver.

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Sep 12, 2017 01:21PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

ScaliGirl - any particular blends or products you would recommend? Issues are joint pain/stiffness and occasional sleeplessness (wake up). Joint pain/stiffness started coming on almost immediately with astrozole. I quit taking it about a week ago, hoping stiffness/pain will subside, and am looking into taking brand name Arimidex or a different AI. Marijuana is not legal where I am, 3 hr round trip to get anything. The store is "recreational", so that could limit what they have. Not interested in the "high". Prefer not vaping, and no smoking. Store recommended higher CBD vs THC. First time I got buds and made cani-butter for cookies or brewed gently and made tea. Second time I have tried two different products, one a "Tincture" the other a "tar". Buds seemed to help some with sleeplessness. "tar" and tincture no help at all, and sometimes leave me with a slight headache in the AM.

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Oct 9, 2017 05:34PM JammieGirl wrote:

This is my first post - a warm hello to all you amazing warriors.

JWoo,I've spent days reading posts in different forums and yours was the first that seemed to address my problem with a concrete suggestion - I'm hoping. I've had a R MX with node removal and TE a month ago. Since then, but increasingly, I've been suffering 24/7 with PMPS - unbearable stinging, burning, stabbing, needle, whole-body shivers, mostly in my R armpit, and also along the undersized of my arm, chest, and upper back. Is this was your experience? If mj helped you, what form did you take, how often - any details would be helpful. Thanks

Dx 7/6/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/11/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 9, 2017 10:39PM amygil81 wrote:

Jwoo, remind me again what surgeries you've had?

Osteosarcoma in left leg at age 13. DCIS in left breast at 33. IDC recurrence in left chest wall at 42. Dx 12/2000, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/9/2000 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx 12/2009, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, 3/10 nodes Surgery 12/17/2009 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/10/2010 CMF Chemotherapy 5/30/2010 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/30/2010 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 3, 2017 03:50PM careforcancer-001 wrote:

Are there any risks to get addicted after the pain has been relieved?

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Nov 3, 2017 11:38PM abigail48 wrote:

it's habit forming but not addictive

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Nov 4, 2017 07:36AM dtad wrote:

I agree marijuana is not physically addictive like narcotics. So much more benign!

Dx 3/20/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2015, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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