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Illness is All About the Pain

Medical Cannabis is All About the Pain.

It’s 2016 and fresh legislative sessions are kicking off around the nation.  2016 is going to be a good year for medical cannabis as we may see 4-6 more states legalize all use and several more expanding medical use.

Georgia House Rep., Allen Peake (R) – Macon, introduced HB 722, which creates a regulated in-state cultivation and distribution program.  HB 722 also expands the qualifying conditions from 8 to 17 and includes intractable pain.  We expect this bill to make it through the house of representatives without much trouble, but plan to see serious opposition in the state senate.

One LOUD objection that has already arose is that this bill includes ‘intractable pain’ as a qualifying condition to use medical cannabis.  They worry that pain stricken people will abuse the system to get access to deadly cannabis, when safer legal drugs, like morphine and oxycodone, stop being fun for them.

Not allowing doctors to recommend cannabis for pain is asinine.  Here’s why.

I have been providing medical cannabis to people for over 15 years.  I help patients who have AIDS, all types of cancer, MS, ALS, epilepsy, mitochondrial disease, sickle-cell, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, PANDA, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, lupus, celiac, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy, myoclonus and fibromyalgia (this isn’t even all of them).

Pain relief is the #1 benefit that cannabis provides ALL of the patients listed above.

Ask someone with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s or lupus what they hate most about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’.

Ask someone with Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, or IBS about what they hate most about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’.

Ask someone with sickle-cell, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis what is most debilitating about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’.  I could go on and on.

Pain is a legitimate medical condition and anyone who says otherwise is uninformed.

In fact, I can make a strong argument that pain is the worst medical condition.  Think about it, what is the worst thing about having the flu?  It’s that you’re in awful, debilitating pain.  It isn’t the microscopic virus that’s inside you, it’s the pain that it’s causing.  We have plenty of other bacteria and viruses living in our bodies.  We just don’t care about them because they aren’t causing chronic, intractable pain.

Think about the last few times you went to the doctor.  Wasn’t pain and discomfort the ultimate reason you went?

If you had a flu or infection, you had pain.  If you had eczema or psoriasis, you had pain.  If you went for depression or anxiety, you had pain.  Basically, you only go to the doctor to have him take your pain away.

Whether the pain is from inflammation, neuropathy, cancer or depression, it is still pain and it will kill you if left untreated.  The various cannabinoids can treat all of the above pain via our endogenous pathways, safely and naturally.  Click here to learn about the endocannabinoid system.

Pain is the fundamental symptom of all illnesses and there are numerous legislators who want to prevent it from being treated using cannabis. By the way, these same people have no problems with people destroying their brains and livers using recreational alcohol.  None of them are doctors, either.

This is the kind of insanity that goes on during legislatures.  I encourage everyone to get your voice heard.  Call and email your house and senate rep and demand that they support HB 722 with its current conditions.  Remind them that this is an election year and you will vote them out if they don’t do what 84% of Georgians want.

It’s time to stand up to disconnected politicians and make them represent us.  You can find your reps at openstates.org.

By Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.

© 2016 Halcyon Organics



9 replies
  1. sylvia wahlberg
    sylvia wahlberg says:

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    July 18, 2016 Chart of the Week: Most Common Medical Conditions of Registered MMJ Patients
    marijuana conditions
    By Eli McVey

    Adding chronic or severe pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana has a huge impact on the size of a given market, as evidenced by the overwhelming percentage of registered patients using MMJ to treat the condition.

    A combined 64.2% of patients in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon – the only states that publicly release patient counts by condition – list chronic/severe pain as a reason for using medical cannabis, according to an analysis of publicly available data.

    Taken together, these eight markets represent approximately 400,000 of the estimated 1.5 million medical marijuana patients in states with active MMJ programs.

    The remaining 36% of patients in the states analyzed are using cannabis to treat a disparate set of medical conditions, primarily muscle spasms, severe nausea, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures/epilepsy and glaucoma.

    The figures are of particular relevance to entrepreneurs eyeing new medical marijuana markets and business owners in states where qualifying condition lists are still in flux.

    Revenue expectations and patient counts are inextricably linked to these qualifying conditions lists, and the inclusion of chronic/severe pain will significantly impact each state’s addressable market.

    Case in point: Minnesota has one of the smallest patient bases in the country, and it also did not allow the use of medical marijuana to treat chronic/severe pain until recently. Now that patients can use MMJ for pain, the market is expected to grow significantly.

    Another example: Illinois, which doesn’t include chronic/severe pain on its MMJ conditions list, has struggled to maintain a patient base sufficient enough to support the 52 state-authorized dispensaries.

    In the remaining states that provide detailed information, chronic/severe pain is either the largest or second-biggest medical condition listed by patients.

    The argument against adding chronic/severe pain to a state’s list of qualifying medical conditions stems from the broad definition of chronic or severe pain, and the lack of a definitive test to prove that patients are indeed suffering from such symptoms. It’s the same reason many psychological conditions, such as ADHD or bi-polar disorder, are not approved to be treated with cannabis.

    Aside from pain, some other medical conditions can bolster the market noticeably as well.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder in particular is an important condition for the industry. PTSD accounts for 4.2% of patients using medical marijuana in the eight markets analyzed, a relatively high figure considering it only appears on four of these states’ lists of qualifying conditions.

    The percentage will likely increase over time, as more states are expected to add post-traumatic stress disorder to their conditions lists.

    Illinois, for instance, was recently ordered to place PTSD on its list, which is expected to give the market a solid boost.

    The medical conditions that qualify patients to use cannabis as treatment differ significantly from state to state, and it’s in the best interest of industry operators in all states to understand and quantify the unique financial impact the inclusion, or absence, each of these medical conditions presents to their business.

    Eli McVey can be reached at elim@mjbizdaily.com

    Daily News | Featured | Marijuana Industry Data and Charts

  2. vivian reiser
    vivian reiser says:

    i have had chronic back pain since i was about 18 yrs. old. I have had numerous procedures done to my back and nothing last more than a week. I had a Lamenectomy in 1986 and two years ago at University of South Florida Health.I have continued pain in back and knees and feet. I had a total kneee replacement done in 7/2015 and releived the pain in my Left knee. I have severe pain in my Right knee also and need a Total knee replacement very soon. The pain is so bad i can’t walk more than a half a block with my walker. My back gives me chronic pain all the time. I have to lay down to stop the pain in legs, feet and back. I am on Disabilty now for almost 1 1/2 yrs. now. If i lay down too long my back kills me and i have to get up again. I have a very hard time trying to sleep because back hurts no matter which way i turn. I don’t want to go to pain management doctor cause thy will give me Opiates for chronic pain. I know those are so addictive and damaging to liver and other vital organs not to mention your like your half asleep all the time. What do you think my chances are to get a script for OBD?

    • Daniel
      Daniel says:

      Hi Vivian,

      I’m sorry to hear about your chronic pain issues. Unfortunately, Georgia does not recognize chronic pain as a condition to qualify for a medical cannabis card. Most medical cannabis states do. If you have more questions, email us at patients@halcyonorganics.com

    • Daniel
      Daniel says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Unfortunately, None of these conditions qualify in GA. We’re hoping for the conditions to expand in 2017. The session starts in January and we’re anticipating a good session. Thanks for reading and we’re sorry that GA still doesn’t view your conditions as adequate for medical cannabis.

  3. Jhonson
    Jhonson says:

    Very good info. Thanks for sharing this. Pain is the alarm of disease, the symptom that announces that all is not right with our bodies. Early in that pursuit, people discovered the pain-relieving properties of marijuana. It has since been used to treat a wide variety of painful conditions, from headache to the pain of childbirth.

  4. Kevin Gysler
    Kevin Gysler says:

    In california I got a medical card but have no dispensaries near by. I was able to find a delivery service but that made me very paranoid and doubt I will be calling them back. Felt more like a street corner deal. The stuff was good though. Now I am managing my pain with just cbd oil. Not perfect but I haven’t used any other kind of pain relief since and it has been 6 months. It got so bad I had ” borrowed” some of my dogs meds that he had for pancreatic cancer. Not my proudest moment but he didn’t care. If you don’t know, cbd oil is available online and is legal in the U.S. and many other places. Got my first “trial” bottle from a plastic surgeon my wife knew of. Spoke to my doctor about it and he seemed angry and asked me what did I want to do that for and what was I thinking. Doctors NEED to have more education on the beneficial effects of the cannabis and hemp plants. He tried to make me feel like an idiot but I did not take his prescription and for that I’m happy. I have an acquaintance with stage 3 breast cancer so I told her all the good things I had heard and felt with and about cbd oil. She somehow was able to get Rick Simpson Oil. She is very up and positive now about her condition even thru the chemo and all the meds. She is gonna beat it.


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