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Posted on: Dec 26, 2019 09:04PM - edited Jun 22, 2021 05:07PM by exbrnxgrl

exbrnxgrl wrote:

I have been using cannabis for the past few years. My main goal in using this is pain relief, de-stressor and for sleep. I have read some stories of using cannabis to cure cancer, but there is simply not enough data for me topursue it's use for that purpose.

Let me start by saying that I live in a legal state, both medical and recreational. My purchases and self experimentation are just that, my own personal experience. Your experiences may be different. If you're wondering why there isn't more scientific based research on weed, it is still completely illegal on the federal level, so not many research dollars available.

Cannabinols are the active ingredients in cannabis. With some variations, the major cannabinols are CBD and THC. CBD is not psychoactive, THC is. Cannabis plants fall into two major categories, Sativa and Indica. Indicas are known to be more sedating. This is the stuff that creates “couch lock". Sativas are thought to be more energizing. It gives more of a giggly high and is less sedating. On top of this there are many hybrids.

In addition to knowing if your weed is Sativa or Indica, different strains within each category will have varying amounts/ratios of CBD to THC. If you live in a legal state, this information should be available on the packaging. Other very important info on the packaging will be percentages of these ingredients. For instance, due to my high tolerance, I generally look for products that are at least 20% THC, 5% CBD , though for sleep I prefer a 1:1 ratio. The higher the CBD level to THC, the less “high" you will feel.

Strains... what can I say except there are hundreds, especially with all of the hybridization and mixing of strains. Here are some favorites:

Sativa- Durban Poison, Jack Herrer, Lemon Haze

Indica- Gorilla Glue, most Kush strains, Zkittlez

I have tried most, but not all, of the available forms cannabis come in. Edibles are great but for me, the time from consumption to onset of effects has been very inconsistent. Some of the edibles such as cookies and candy bars are so delicious that you can wind up eating lots of sugar! Vaping was ok, but gave me a sore throat so I no longer vape.

I prefer capsules or sub-lingual drops and use a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio. This is what I usually take about 90 minutes before bed or even earlier. For immediate effects, I find there is no substitute for smoking a joint.

My only advice for those who are interested in cannabis is to go low (dosage) and slow(wait some time before taking more). If you have access to a legal dispensary, the bud tenders are usually quite knowledgeable and can advise you. In the end, it boiled down to a lot of self experimentation and too many Kiva brand dark chocolate bars 🤣. BTW, if you consume too much THC, i.e. you get too high, CBD can help counteract that.

While not an expert, I have years of personal experience under my belt and am happy to share what I have learned. As with anything that has psychoactive effects please do not drive or do anything that requires an unimpaired state of mind to do. I should add that I only use cannabis at night as I still work full time*. Lastly, if you are not in a legal state or simply choose not to use legal dispensaries there is no way to know what you're getting. In my state, the legal dispensaries are very expensive due to high taxes, but I am willing to pay that because I know what I'm getting (this includes if it is organic, indoor or outdoor grow etc.)

* I’m now retired! 6/4/2

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 6, 2022 02:18PM PRbonita45 wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on this topic! I just began chemo treatment 11/30/21 for TNBC and given my history of GI issues, managing my side effects have not been easy. Zofran and Compazine cause more issues rather than relief. So cannabis has been my savior! I primarily use it for all the GI issues, pain, and sleep.

Before breast cancer, I would only consume edibles (I'm asthmatic) and use tinctures but given the fact that I often need immediate relief after chemo, I have began to experiment with smoking. What I have found is that certain strains seem to be less potent in terms of lung irritation. I will microdose during the day only if needed with maybe 2-3 puffs and immediately my side effects are gone. By microdosing, I am still able to function without feeling completely blown out of my mind. Honestly, it helps me focus. At night, I will consume an edible to sleep. I still try to microdose with this as well but typically, due to the body high, I don't carry out tasks well.

Funny story..I purchased full spectrum medical grade edibles a couple weeks ago 1:1 ratio of CBD/THC 10mg (which I typically consume around 8-10mg of recreational grade edibles) and I was high for 3 days. I thought it was fogginess from the chemo until I finally put two and two together. I have not touched those since that night..LoopyBawling

Chemotherapy 11/30/2021 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jan 6, 2022 05:52PM beach2beach wrote:

Thanks Exbrnxgrl,

I never thought about it being stronger than weed from long, long ago. I think I am going to apply for a card and give it a try again, slow and low.

Thanks for sharing!

Dx 7/28/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 6, 2022 06:42PM - edited Jan 6, 2022 07:55PM by exbrnxgrl

b2b,

You are welcome. I have really noticed the trend toward high THC over the last year or so. Agriculture specialists who once worked for Del Monte or Green Giant now work for cannabis growers. Your comment brings me back to something PRbonita said. In addition to understanding the CBD:THC ratio you really need to look at how much THC you're consuming. 1:1 could mean anything from 2.5 CBD and 2.5 THC (not very psychoactive) to 25 CBD and 25 THC. Those numbers are mgs.

Micro dosing is a good way for many who want lasting symptom relief without a noticeable high. Edibles make accurate dosing easy. Microdosing when smoking/inhaling is less precise. There are vape pens that dispense metered doses so those can be helpful as you learn.

PR bonita, i once ate a 100 mg chocolate bar because the chocolate was so delicious! I crawled up the stairs after barely being able to walk my dogs and slept for 13 hours. I have never made that mistake again! Edibles metabolize much more slowly than smoking so you may feel prolonged psychoactive effects from higher THC edibles. Remember too that if you use consistently you will develop a THC tolerance and may need to increase the mgs. of THC in your product.

I also want to say that I am not by any means an expert on cannabis. I just think I have a few more years under my belt 😊. I encourage everyone to contribute anything they learn!

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 6, 2022 08:05PM Mimie wrote:

thanks for your input. For the first time in four years I’m sleeping through the night. That’s not nothing!

Dx 6/13/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/18/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel

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