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  1. After carefully researching; thinking about; and talking about medical marijuana for several months, I finally decided to try medical marijuana for my tremor, which is the one symptom that I haven't been able to improve with exercise. In fact, despite my exercise, my tremor has gotten worse in the past few months and is now almost a constant issue. I live in a state where marijuana is illegal, but decriminalized. I know that sounds like doubletalk, and it is. Possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana (about 3 1/2 ounces) is a minor misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $150 but does not give you a criminal record. It's ridiculous, but that is the law in my state. My first obstacle was finding some marijuana that would be safe and effective. With no medical marijuana in my state and therefore no dispensaries, I would be buying my marijuana "off the street", so to speak. I don't know a single person that does drugs, so I didn't know how to proceed. As it turned out, my wife had heard that the wife of a business associate smoked marijuana. I met with her business associate to explain the situation and ask for his help. He knew who to contact. He told the grower about my PD and asked the grower which strain he thought would be helpful. I was expecting him to sell me 1/4 ounce (about 7 grams) for $80, but when I met with him last night, the grower had given me a small sample (about 3 grams) to try for free. The marijuana strain is "Lemon Kush", which is an indica dominant strain that is reportedly good for daytime use. The next issue was getting a vaporizer, as I planned to vaporize the marijuana instead of smoking it. I certainly don't need lung cancer in addition to PD. I went to a specialty store today. A young female clerk asked if she could help and I told her that I was looking for a vaporizer. She asked if I meant an e-cig and I said no. She asked what I intended to do with the vaporizer and I told her that I intended to use it for marijuana. Apparently, that is the wrong thing to say and she promptly shushed me. She informed me that the proper thing to say is that I was using it for "dry herbs". Apparently, there is a required lingo to be learned. After my marijuana etiquette lesson, I bought a Randy's Troo (pronounced 'true') portable vaporizer to use while I am waiting for my Haze V3 vaporizer to arrive in the mail next week. The Troo was relatively cheap at $69, but got a good review from the manager at the specialty shop. I took the Troo home; read the instructions; charged the Troo battery; and waited for my wife to get home from work. I wanted my wife to be home for my first use of marijuana. For one thing, I have no sense of smell, so I wanted her to determine if vaporizing the marijuana produced a strong scent; whether any smell would linger; and whether I smelled like marijuana after vaporizing it. As it turned out, according to my wife, vaporizing produced a mild marijuana scent that did not linger and I did not smell like marijuana afterwards. About 7pm, we were finished with dinner and ready to give the marijuana a try. I took a pinch (about the size of a pencil eraser) out of the container; crushed it between my thumb and forefinger; and put it on a small postage scale to weigh it. The least the scale will weigh is one gram, and my eraser sized dose was obviously below that. The scale read zero. I placed the marijuana in the bowl of the vaporizer and turned it on, setting the temperature at 280 degrees F. With the marijuana at the proper temperature, I began inhaling. I read that you should take long, slow draws and for the next 10 minutes that's exactly what I did. On the YouTube videos I watched, there would be a cloud when exhaling. I saw no cloud when I exhaled, but I did feel the heat in my throat. When 10 minutes were up, I felt absolutely no different, except that my heart rate had increased from 70 to 95. Did I do something wrong? Did I use too little marijuana? Was the temperature wrong? Was I immune to the effects of marijuana? I emptied the used marijuana out of my vaporizer and it was still the same green color as when I put it in. The videos I saw on the internet said that after vaporizing, the marijuana should look brown, but not black. I decided that I messed up and decided to try again. This time, I ground the (used) marijuana up with a spoon and put it back in the vaporizer. I turned the vaporizer back on and started attempt #2. This time, I saw a small cloud when I exhaled. Toward the end of the 10 minutes, I started to feel a buzz. When I closed my eyes, I felt a slight spinning sensation. My pulse was still at 95 and I felt wide awake. I got up and walked around. I ate my after dinner dessert. A few minutes after finishing the marijuana, I notice that my tremor had stopped, which I did not expect. About 9pm, I fell asleep and slept very deeply until midnight. I am now wide awake - at 2 am. I had no more than a few seconds of tremor after vaporizing the marijuana until I woke up at midnight. When I woke up, I felt somewhat hung over, but fortunately that only lasted about a half hour. At this point (2 am), my tremor is back. The lesson learned is that the marijuana needs to be ground up well if you intend to vaporize it (at least with my Troo). I also learned that a tiny bit of marijuana is very potent, at least for a newbie. Obviously, I don't know whether the 5 hour relief from my tremor was due to the marijuana or if it was simply a coincidence. Time will tell. I wonder if the tremor stopped because I was buzzed? If so, that is of very limited value. I've got to be clear-headed and able to function normally, so being buzzed is not really an option. I also discovered that I could not drive or be out in public with this evening's level of buzz. The break in the tremor was very nice, but I can't be stoned. Perhaps using less marijuana would be better. Perhaps I just need to acclimate to the marijuana. I'm anxious to determine whether the marijuana will affect my tremor and whether I can find a lower dose of marijuana that will stop the tremor and not give me a buzz. I also need to find a precise method of measuring the proper amount of marijuana to vaporize. My intention is to use medical marijuana every evening (once per day) for the next 90 days to evaluate its effect on my tremor. My hope would be to find a very low dose of marijuana that could be used to stop my tremor all day long.
  2. Un tema que se está volviendo popular en las enfermedades neurológica es el uso médico de la mariguana. Hasta la fecha, la evidencia científica no ha demostrado beneficio suficiente en el tratamiento de los síntomas del Parkinson para poder emitir su recomendación. Sin embargo, se requieren de más estudios para aclarar si es benéfica o no. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24778283 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25649017 Los pacientes y familiares deben conocer los efectos adversos de esta droga antes de considerar utilizarla. Saludos, DMR @drdanielmtz