Traveling has to be considered a con when medicating with marijuana. The illegality makes it impossible to travel with your medicine and in need of other options. We recently had to travel, and of course, we decided traveling with mmj was not worth the risks it poses. The trip started fantastic (I medicated that morning), but by the end I was in some pain!
Ideally, it would be nice to be able to travel under a mmj umbrella. While I know this won’t happen for a long time, the federal government needs to protect patients from being treated like criminals for choosing a treatment that is safer, and more effective than pharmaceuticals currently available. At the very least, states allowing for legal medical cannabis, need to work together to have some reciprocal agreements. This way, a patient from Colorado vacationing in California, can fill their medications there without issue. No one should have to go without medicine, or be forced to take dangerous medicines because of seriously draconian laws.
But about the trip:
I medicated in the morning before we left, and was fine for the first day. By day 2, my hips down to my ankles were swollen. I guess it didn’t help that we encountered some mental weather too. My muscles seized up at times, and tramadol was no relief. Since this experiment has started, we had several “Polar Vortex” fronts come through, but this is the first one I have felt like this. Needless to say, I had to increase my narcotics for the duration of the trip. (Anytime you see the words “POLAR VORTEX”, imagine a dramatic reading of them in James Earl Jones’ voice with ominous music in the background.) This “Polar Vortex” was felt insanely. While the pain was most unfortunate, it did tell me that the cannabis was giving me relief.
Aside from sleeping better (sleeping period), I was getting significant pain relief and anti inflammation benefits. At this point in the opiate wean, I was on under half of what I was on when I started this journey, with only some mild withdrawal. Without the cannabis, my opiate intake has to increase in order to function. I guess it is just nice to know it is working. However, I think I will allow myself more opiate when traveling.