Hi, world! Lara here, and in case you have not yet had the pleasure of reading about my Vagina Problems, please be advised that I live with endometriosis, vaginismus, and other related conditions that cause me pain on a daily basis.
Because of the amount of pain I am in on a daily basis, and because I (like most people) still have a life that requires I get out of bed most days, I've tried a lot of different things over the years in an attempt to help manage my pain. But I can say that, without a doubt, the thing that has helped me manage my pain the most with the least amount of side effects is cannabis...aka WEED!!
I am lucky enough to live in California, a state that legalized the use of recreational marijuana in 2016. However, prior to 2016, the use of marijuana was legal with a medical marijuana card and because of my endometriosis and related conditions I had a medical marijuana card. Therefore, I have been using some form of cannabis to manage my chronic pain since I moved to California from Indiana in 2014.
Despite cannabis not yet being legal nationwide, I am writing this because I think it's extremely important that the general public be aware of options for pain relief — and specifically how it has helped me. Even if it doesn't help everyone, I want people to be aware that it may be an option, depending on where you live of course.
And it may go without saying, but please, please consult a medical professional prior to beginning your own journey with cannabis. I am not a doctor. I am just a person who experiences daily pain and this is based solely on my personal experience.
Now that we got all of that out of the way — here are the products I have had the most success with in terms of pain relief with some explanation as to how I use them and why!
12. Or just a plain old indica strain!
I also want to note that it's difficult to include pricing because prices of these various products may vary from dispensary to dispensary and state to state. But to give you an idea, here's a (very rough) breakdown of what I spend on cannabis products. I am very fortunate to be able to afford to use these products. Many people with chronic illnesses do not have this same luxury.
For balms and rubs: I generally spend around $40–$60 for a balm or rub, but they last me for 3–6 months.
For vapor pens: The vapor pens I use are $40 each, and have 50 doses each. So if I used one dose a day, it would last me 50 days.
Lubes and suppositories: The lubes I use do not require much product to be effective, so they last me months. The lubes both run around $50 each. The suppositories vary in price, but run around $70 for a pack of 8, or $150 for three packs of 8.
My edibles: Around $15–20 for a pack. A pack will last me a month or longer, as oftentimes I just take half an edible.
For actual flower/ joints: I *love* the Lowell pre-rolled smokes that I outlined below, and usually pay around $60–$70 for a pack of 7. One joint usually lasts me a week, depending on how bad my pain is. Otherwise, I will buy an 1/8th gram of indica strain at around $40–60 depending on the flower.
Bath salts: Around $40 a piece, but I use 1/3 of it each time, so it will last for 3–4 baths depending on the size of your bath!
Now, for anyone who lives in a place where recreational cannabis is legal...
If you do not currently reside somewhere that cannabis is legal — I also wrote about the CBD products I use on an almost daily basis.
And if you're dealing with painful sex, or pain with intimacy, here's where I wrote about all the products I use to help me have less pain with sex and better orgasms!