Is Cannabis the Holy Grail of Relief… for Arthritis & Pain?

A medical patients journey to find the right balance with CBD.

Is cannabis the Holy Grail of pain relief?

Pain. Brutal, continuous pain that affects so many of us, may now have a solution. After many years of medication concoctions, I think I have discovered the Holy Grail of pain management… a balanced blend of CBD/THC oil.

Let’s back up a little… I have unfortunately been on painkillers for over 15 years. It all started with a bad fall down stairs, and culminating in spinal surgery which still left me with chronic pain, and then, a few years later, an accident that resulted in an ankle replacement.

Recently, to add icing on the proverbial cake, I have been told I now need a new knee replacement as well! Over the years, I had been prescribed everything from Codiene, Tylenol 3’s, Percocet, Fentanyl patches along with other anti inflammatory meds.

Now, as I get older, osteoarthritis has taken up residence in my body and wont shut up, and, along with that comes the usual suspects such as depression, confusion, fuzzy head and lethargy.

Luckily, my family doctor came to the rescue, and suggested I visit a local physician specializing in medical marijuana treatments for chronic pain, and was told he is having tremendous success.

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That was last January.

At that time, I was prescribed a combination of a high CBD oil for daytime…

…and a night time blend with THC to help me sleep.

So far, so good.


I was still taking the opiates, and the goal was to wean down… but after a few months, the cannabis brand I had been prescribed became unavailable (Due to shortages from the recreational roll out last year)… so I had to switch suppliers… that again, was a new learning curve to get the intake amount right. I have tried a few oils at this point by choice, some taste like cannabis, some not so much.

I believe the effects also have something to do with whats called the ‘entourage’ effect. The terpenes in the strain and whether they extracted only the CBD/THC from the cannabis, or left the other compounds in. In my experience, not all cannabis oils are created equal.


I was still taking the opiates, and the goal was to wean down… but after a few months, the cannabis brand I had been prescribed became unavailable (Due to shortages from the recreational roll out last year)… so I had to switch suppliers… that again, was a new learning curve to get the intake amount right. I have tried a few oils at this point by choice, some taste like cannabis, some not so much. I believe the effects also have something to do with whats called the ‘entourage’ effect. The terpenes in the strain and whether they extracted only the CBD/THC from the cannabis, or left the other compounds in. In my experience, not all cannabis oils are created equal.

Lets cut to the chase. Today, after a few false starts, I am working on a balanced blend of CBD and THC….which seems to be helping me cut back on my pain medication!

I also found that the CBD alone was not doing the trick for the arthritic pain. I was only taking CBD during the day and some THC oil before bed, not wanting to be ‘high’ during the day. I started very slowly adding a bit of THC in the a.m. and increased it slowly as my tolerance seemed to build up.

The false starts I refer to are rather silly… at first not taking enough and then mixing up the night time and daytime blend by mistake, or taking a bit too much of this, or not enough of that.

One mishap happened just prior to a music concert. Needless to say, it was quite an experience! I was with friends, was high as a kite and I was fine. Great concert, or buzz… or both! Grandma got blasted… lol.

I want to mention something that I think is important for Canadians.

The Canadian Arthritis Society is now a leading advocate for research into the use of cannabis for medical conditions, and for the needs of people who use cannabis for medical purposes. It is also funding research into the use of medical cannabis for treatment of arthritis symptoms, and is leading a coalition of voices from across the Canadian health care sector, in calling for more investment in medical cannabis research. They are also working to ensure that the process by which Canadians access this treatment option is fair, reliable, safe and affordable.

I believe for pain sufferers, this ancient remedy truly could be our Holy Grail. Now what we need is for the insurers now or the healthcare system to recognize this.

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