I have been getting a lot of questions about cannabis and pain management lately, so I thought it a good time to revisit Lanny Swerdlow, RN's terrific article about how cannabis can be more effective and certainly a safer alternative to the prescription or even over-the-counter NSAIDs you are probably taking.
Plus we celebrate summer with a unique infused watermelon salad.
Before we get into that, I wanted to share an NBC news story I recently appeared on, celebrating one of my greatest successes as an activist, seeing marijuana lifer Craig Cesal released from prison. I had been working with Craig about 10 years when that happened, and was largely responsible for the efforts that got him sent to home confinement during the Covid lockdowns. He later received clemency. Check out the inspiring and shocking, story here.
And because I still have other marijuana prisoners, like Parker Coleman, who I am advocating for, I also wanted to weigh in on a current political controversy:
You might be surprised to learn that replacing NSAIDs with cannabis for pain relief provides a much safer way to manage pain.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used daily by over 17 million Americans to treat headaches, arthritis, sports injuries, menstrual cramps and a litany of other debilitating ailments. The two most commonly used NSAIDs are aspirin and ibuprofen with such familiar brand names as Bayer, Motrin, Excedrin, and Advil. Celecoxib and naproxen are lesser-known classes of NSAIDs but they also have recognizable brand names such as Aleve, Naproxin, Naprosyn and Celebrex.
Non-aspirin NSAIDs, developed to provide pain relief without the negative consequences of aspirin’s gastro-intestinal complications, became widely available in the 1980s. Over 111 million prescriptions are written in the United States every year for non-aspirin NSAIDs and account for almost 60 percent of all over-the-counter pain medications.
Although considered "safe," non-aspirin NSAIDs labels warned of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, kidney failure, ulcers and that they “may” cause heart attacks. Underscoring the seriousness of these warnings, an article published in the November 2013 online issue of the American Journal of Managed Care reported: “each year more than 100,000 patients are hospitalized for NSAID-related GI complications” and “that 16,500 persons die annually from these complications.”
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Pairing sweet watermelon with typically savory ingredients might sound strange, but it works beautifully in this Watermelon Marijuana Salad Recipe to create a tantalizing unforgettable flavor combination.
This cannabis infused summer salad packs well for 420 picnics on the go.
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