As a heart patient, I follow a specific protocol if I think I’m having a heart attack. Felicity has asthma, and she has her own protocol for escalating her medications when she has an asthma attack or allergic reaction. Both of these have as their final destination the emergency room, or at least a call to 911.
We also have a protocol for pain. Naturally, if we had any known or obvious injury, we’d have it taken care of by the appropriate medical people. But we’re generally talking about muscle or body aches, some of which can be quite painful. Cannabis can help with much of this, but it helps to know what you’re doing. The wrong dosage could make it dangerous or even illegal to drive, and in any case we don’t like the “doped-up feeling” that even mild opiates like Norcos can give you.
So the first thing I do is use my inhaler. And by that, I mean the vape pen I keep loaded with some very pure indica shatter for immediate use for anxiety and insomnia, though it also works on pain. I’ve written before how some strains of cannabis are great for taking away pain without making you feel like you’re doped up, and this batch is apparently one of them, as long as you don’t take too much. But vaporizing means it starts working instantly, and hits its peak within 10 minutes or so.
While that’s going on, I also take one of our Canna Caps, made with an AC/DC strain that’s about 50/50 CBD and THC. There’s enough of each cannabinoid in there that it works on any kind of pain, from neuropathic (nerve/back) pain to severe muscle aches, sharp pains, or cramps. If it’s particularly long-lasting or strong, we might take two AC/DC capsules, or perhaps Tylenol in severe cases.
Even though we rarely use Tylenol and never take more than recommended, we try to keep in mind that its main ingredient is extremely hepatotoxic. Cannabis is much safer…at any dosage!