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can you get perscribed medical marijuana for hsv2?

By Anonymous January 12, 2010 - 11:08am
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i recently found out i had this and i am in severe pain. nothing else helps.

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I'd say to explain your condition and be clear that you want your card for chronic pain. My doctor and I believe I have simplex 1, despite coming back negative for the test during my first OB. She's testing me again, and if it comes back positive I'm going to try and get mine. Good luck!

April 13, 2012 - 3:40pm
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you can get your mmc for a variety of ailments including pain there isnt a limits on pain because there arent any lab tests that say yep your in pain. I know this because i just got my card for persistant cramps in my back. At least thats what i said.

November 10, 2010 - 11:52am
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medical marijauna is legal in michigan?

January 13, 2010 - 5:48pm

I am so sorry that you just found out you have HSV 2; this is a very troubling diagnosis for many men and women.

I am curious what you have tried, since you say "nothing else has helped", but have just been recently diagnosed?

The FDA has not approved marijuana for medical use in the United States, but has “approved two drugs, Marinol and Cesamet, for therapeutic uses in the U.S., which contain ingredients that are present in the botanical marijuana”. ]]>FDA Reports Potential Merits of Cannabinoids for Medical Uses]]>. These two drugs are approved for nausea and vomiting; not for pain management.

In Canada, the medical use of marijuana has been legalized, and the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), via the Canadian government, “grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses.”

You can apply to the Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Division (MMAD) via the website: How to Apply for Medical Marijuana, but first must read through who is eligible, how to apply, and talk with your doctor for his/her support.

Please know, however, that medical use of marijuana has not been proven effective at the management of pain that you are experiencing. “Cannabinoid compounds may be more effective in the context of chronic neuropathic pain (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathy) than for the management of acute pain.”

In fact, “At low doses cannabinoids are not different from placebo, whereas at high doses they may be associated with adverse effects or even worsening of pain intensity.”

There are also differences between synthetic cannabinoids and the actual botanical cannainoid, and since this is not a regulated drug in the U.S., it is important to know the product you are receiving…the potency, any additives, etc.
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17873600

From my understanding, medical marijuana is currently being studied only for the use of pain in conditions that are classified as “chronic” (neuropathic, multiple sclerosis, spinal injuries), for glaucoma, AIDS-related conditions and nausea from chemotherapy, as there just have not been enough evidence to show that it is even effective at acute pain management (and, the evidence I read said there is actually more of a chance of this treatment option to worsen/intensify the acute pain).

There are MANY varieties of pain management therapies that have proven effective, and you may want to talk with your doctor about these alternatives:

How is pain treated?
"Depending upon its severity, pain might be treated in a number of ways. Symptomatic options for the treatment of pain might include one or more of the following:
* Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a specific type of painkiller such as Motrin® or Aleve®
* Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol®)
* Narcotics (such as morphine or codeine)
* Localized anesthetic (a shot of a pain killer medicine into the area of the pain)
* Nerve blocks (the blocking of a group of nerves with local anesthetics)
* Acupuncture
* Electrical stimulation
* Physical therapy
* Surgery
* Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
* Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing
* Biofeedback (treatment technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies)
* Behavior modification

"Some pain medicines are more effective in fighting pain when they are combined with other methods of treatment. Patients might need to try various methods to maintain maximum pain relief."
[Source: Cleveland Clinic]

I wanted to share this source with you that reviewed decades-worth of controlled studies reviewing the benefits of medical marijuana:
“There has also been considerable interest in the use of cannabinoids as adjunctive therapy for pain management, and several small randomized controlled trials have been published recently. Dronabinol and oromucosal Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol–cannabidiol have been proven effective for central neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis. Oromucosal Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol–cannabidiol reduced pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, and nabilone was effective for pain associated with fibromyalgia. A recent review supported further consideration of cannabinoids for chronic pain but was less encouraging for their use in acute pain conditions."
[Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2413308/]

I wanted to make sure you had all of the recent information, so you would not be pursuing a pain relieving treatment that has not been encouraging in its results to effectively manage the type of pain you are experiencing with HSV 2. I am not for/against medical use of marijuana, but did not want to lead you down a path that has not been shown effective, so that you may receive more immediate relief for your pain.

Can you tell us what types of medications and treatments you have already tried, and we can offer other possible solutions?

Lastly, I wanted to make sure you have these resources at your fingertips, as the American Social Health Association (ASHA) has an entire website devoted to ASHA Herpes Resource, discussing treatment options for both the physical and emotional components, support groups, and more.

Home Remedies for Herpes? (Source: Go Ask Alice)

Please let me know what additional questions you have.

January 12, 2010 - 2:01pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Cali has had medical Mary for years lol

October 1, 2014 - 12:24pm
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