Welcome to Toking Granny, a simple blog that will attempt to help seniors and/or anyone over the age of 55 sort through the fascinating, but sometimes overwhelming world of Medical Marijuana and CBD remedies. In the interest of discretion (as I have some family members who are just not that understanding about such things), I am going to stay anonymous for the time being.
I am 62 years old, and like most people my age I experimented with marijuana in my youth. The 60s and 70’s (when I was a teenager and then a young adult) were in a lot of ways an “anything goes” era when people sought out recreational drugs. It was more or less acceptable, in fact, it seemed to be downright encouraged! Whether through peer pressure or just a natural curiosity, people could experiment with marijuana, hashish, LSD, mescaline, peyote, and other drugs because they were easy to obtain and try out.
Some people loved the way marijuana made them feel, while others were happy to try it once or twice and move on with their lives and just drop it, never to use it again. I was one of those people who didn’t love the way it made me feel. Even though everyone I knew at this point in time (mainly the 1970’s) smoked weed on a daily basis, I would rather have a couple of beers or some wine for my relaxation. Marijuana just wasn’t my “go to” drug at the time.
Getting to the Present Time
Fast forward to 2010, and the State of Arizona’s Prop 203 is passed by a narrow margin and legalized medical marijuana is a reality. I didn’t think that much about it, wasn’t even on my radar. After all, it’s just a plant, right? Not that big of a deal and I had already tried this stuff years ago and it wasn’t my thing.
At this point in time I’m older, I have many aches and pains that are somewhat normal for someone my age, and I still don’t think twice about medical marijuana for relief from any kind of pain or discomforts. But in 2013 I injured my lower back while moving boxes of books to the point of having to have my husband (Mr. Toking Granny) rush me to an urgent care office, where the doctor did a very minor exam and prescribed me Percocet and Diazepam for the pain and muscle spasms and sent me home. I actually healed from this injury and my back health was back to normal in about 6 months or so.
Then in 2015, while helping my husband lift 300 lb. clay pots at our new home and, you guessed it, I injured my back again but this time much more seriously. This was the injury that broke the camel’s back (so to speak). My husband rushed me to the ER and the docs there gave me two doses of morphine for the pain and did an MRI. The pain was excruciating and unrelenting, like nothing I had ever experienced before. I wince even now when reflecting back on that day. The diagnosis was three bulging discs, one compressed to the point of being close to rupturing, but thankfully not rupturing. The compression of my spine and the muscle spasms were extremely painful though. More Percocet and Diazepam from the ER, and then a follow-up up with my primary care clinic where a Tramadol prescription and a referral to a physical therapist were all that the primary care clinic could do for me. The Tramadol was weird with lots of side effects, and it didn’t do a lot for the pain. But the reality was, there just wasn’t much the medical world could do for me without invasive surgery which I wanted to avoid if at all possible. Okay, this is when I start thinking about medical marijuana for my chronic back pain, like many, many other people.
This blog is my story of obtaining my MMJ (medical marijuana) card, exploring the different strains, winding my way through the crazy world of legal marijuana and seeing what worked and what didn’t work for me. I’ll also touch on other marijuana topics, such as CBD only medicines and the different manners of ingestion.
The Purpose and Goal of The Toking Granny Blog
When I first dove into the world of medical marijuana I was stunned at how different everything was and it took me awhile to wade through everything that was available out there. All the information and misinformation, all the different ways of dosing, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the different strains, approaching the dispensaries, and so on, were educations in and of themselves. It was truly an experience, but I wished I could have found someone else going through the same thing I was. It probably would have saved me a lot of time and effort, and money, too!
I also want to add that before I started down the path with medical marijuana I wasn’t aware that CBD oils were available and legal in my state (actually, it’s legal in all 50 states) and so didn’t try that first. If I had known about CBD oils I think I would have tried that first!
I hope this blog and some of my recommendations for products and strains help those of you who may be in the same boat I was in – struggling to make sense of a mountain of information and trying to find what would help. If you are like me and have a desire to not take pharmaceuticals that are potentially damaging to your health in the long run, you may find my experiences to be enlightening.
I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV, but I do have personal experiences that may help you find a path to wellness without having to take heavy-duty opioids or other health-damaging pharmaceuticals. As always, consult with your own doctor and proceed with caution. But keep an open mind! Also, if medical marijuana is illegal in your state try some totally legal CBD instead.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to respond to you.
All the best,