TOO LATE LEGAL – Marilyn Armstrong

“Have you considered marijuana?” floated past me on the conversational breeze. It was my previous cardiologist speaking. Was I in the Twilight Zone? No, he was merely suggesting pot might be a good drug. For me. It would deal with a variety of issues. He wasn’t suggesting “medical marijuana” because though theoretically we have it, insurance won’t pay for it and almost no doctors are certified to prescribe it. But don’t worry, now we can buy it recreationally — and legally — at a local shop.

“Uh, yes,” I said. “The downside, other than the price tag, is coughing. Coughing hurts.”

“Take in more air when you inhale,” he said. “You’ll cough less.”

Right. Like I didn’t know that already. He forgets that mine is the generation that made it popular. The biggest users of legalized pot are —  you guessed it — senior citizens.

I grew up in a world where getting busted for having a couple of joints in your pocket could land you in jail for a long time. A world in which marijuana supposedly was the gateway drug to a life of dissipation and degradation which would end with you lying face down in a gutter in a part of town where the cops won’t go.

Now I live in a world where the cardiologist recommends smoking pot.

My mother was born in 1910 and passed in 1982. Growing up, horse-drawn carts were far more common than automobiles. She was a child during World War I, a married woman and a mother in World War II. She survived — somehow — the Great Depression and marched with friends and family in a spontaneous parade of celebration when the New Deal passed. Even though the Depression didn’t really end until World War 2 and brought employment to everyone who wasn’t fighting.

By the time she passed, there was cable television, home computers, and two cars in every driveway. One day (I was a kid) I shouted: “Oh look, a horse and cart!”

She looked bemused. “When I was your age,” she said, “We used to shout “Look, a motor car!”

And today, my cardiologist suggested pot. Okay. I think I see a motor car.

Our local cannabis shop is at the edge of town, close to the main road that goes to Rhode Island. Convenient. It also has a parking lot.

I was afraid they’d put the shop in the middle of town and we’d have a permanent traffic jam.

Massachusetts, in its infinite wisdom, has so heavily taxed cannabis that it’s more expensive to buy it legally than to get it from ye olde dealer. In fact, it’s a lot cheaper to buy it from the same guy you bought it from before they made it legal. Competition lowered his prices while the state upped theirs. Figures, doesn’t it?

As it turns out, pot has no particular medical advantages for me.  The cannabutter I made was so strong, I didn’t feel better. Mostly, I just passed out.

I wish it did work medicinally. I wish something would work. The company that made the medication that always worked for me stopped making it a few months ago. It was cheap to buy and it helped. But it wasn’t profitable. Now we are searching for something else that won’t make me sick, make my heart stop, or give me ulcers while reducing the pain enough to allow me to function.

Pity the pot didn’t do it.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

20 thoughts on “TOO LATE LEGAL – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I hope the new meds will continue to work for you. It is ridiculous that things that help people are being withdrawn because of money. Of course the drug companies exist to help themselves not sick people.

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  2. I knew nothing about the merits and benefits until you started telling about it. And now it turns out it can’t help you – what a shame! I truly am sorry for you; such suffering and no relief.

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    1. Well, I tried something new last night and it worked amazingly well, so maybe there IS hope. The problem is finding a medication that insurance will pay for — and isn’t so expensive that it will empty out your account — and doesn’t bankrupt you!

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  3. Two of my uncles used to take the illegal whiskey they made to sell by horse and wagon. They were chased once and jumped out of the wagon to hide under a bridge. The horses kelp going. My uncles got away, but lost their whiskey and had to walk home through the woods.
    Never tried marijuana. Maybe I should now. I have more problems with fatigue than with pain. Could help. It is still not legal in Georgia. I will probably stick with anti/depressants, anti-anxiety pills and aspirin.

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    1. I’m pretty sure it will eventually — soon — be legal or sort of legal — everywhere. It doesn’t help with everything. I wish it did, but I was sure it wouldn’t. I smoked plenty of pot as a young person and I never remember it having any particular pain receiving qualities. So I wasn’t surprised that hadn’t changed. It’s great for insomnia, though.

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  4. I’m sorry it didn’t work. It’d be nice, if once they had developed a drug that actually helped people, that they’d just leave it on the market at an affordable price and not mess around with it. But noooo. Sometimes I think there’s a conspiracy to keep the chronically ill, ill; and theoretically paying through the nose for health care and medication.

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    1. All my modestly priced medications are being withdrawn from the market. I’m sure they will reappear with new names and prices 1000% higher. People like us are going to be thoroughly screwed. We REALLY new health care that works and medications we can afford.

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  5. I prefer edibles to smoking. I try to get relatively low dose THC (5 mg or less) with some CBD. It gets me pleasantly high without making me stupid and the CBD helps me mellow out. I also prefer the indica strain to sativa. Sativas are more invigorating and energizing, while indicas are more relaxing and calming. And my local pot shop has a 20% discount for seniors!

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    1. I thought the cannabutter might work, but it was too strong, I think. It was too strong for my son and his pals, too and they are BIG guys. My son made it a second time at half the strength and he said it was much better that way. I gave the rest of it to Tom who has a harder head than I do! The chocolate was okay, but it didn’t do anything about pain. Good for making me hungry followed by sleepy, though.

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    1. I think I’ve found one for pain. NOW I need to find something that deals with narcolepsy because the company that makes the pills seems to have stopped making them too. The alternative I tried before and it made my BP go WAY up, so that’s out. Now I’m trying to see if there’s some herbal something that might work. Gingko? Ginseng? But I’m not optimistic about it. Maybe they will start making it again. The inexpensive drugs are disappearing FAST.

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      1. That is worrisome…I don’t know what they can do about big Pharma….maybe little Pharma needs some encouragement for these medications….

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  6. I can get medical pot it if I insist for my MS. I spoke to my neurologist about it, but he assured me that in my case it would not make a difference. I am not really a pain sufferrer, more with fatigue and there are worse cases than mine.

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    1. it depends on what the problem is. For me, all it did was put me soundly to sleep. It had no medical/pain relief value at all. I didn’t think it would, but I hoped. I did try something else last night and it worked VERY well, so maybe there’s hope yet!

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  7. Hi Marilyn. I tried CBD oil with low THC for chronic pain for three months recently and it didn’t work for me. I was hoping for a miracle. I agree that it’s very expensive in the legal market. Yes, a pity it didn’t work for you also. 😦

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