Hello, I’m 51 years old. Have chronic back pain (have had surgery but it only did so much..) and accumulated stress disorder/burnout. I take (probably too much) codeine and Venlafaxine. I’m keen to try something else as in marijuana. But have no idea about it.
From what I’ve read thus far you smoke/eat the bud. But not the stem or leaves. Is this correct..?? I’m not a smoker so I was thinking of trying cannabutter. Look forward to your reply.
Darren, this is a fairly typical email we receive at the MPO, and I will try and answer the best way that I know how.
First off, many of us here also suffer from chronic pain and started a similar path in finding marijuana as a better alternative. We had the very same questions and concerns, and despite the legal implications sought relief wherever possible.
Most MPO members had little or no prior cannabis experience before illness. Many ‘newbies’ assume that eating food with cannabis is the only choice for them. While it is true that smoking may not be a good decision for the body, there exists little evidence to prove this claim. Some researchers conclude that smoking cannabis (the flower only) and not the leaves, seeds or stalk, have actually regrown lung tissue. Come to your own conclusions.
It is important to note why I am suggesting smoking, at least initially. The process of making butter or oil infused marijuana is extremely difficult.
With a lack of safe access to dispensaries or pharmacies providing effective marijuana foods many of us are forced to experiment at home in the kitchen, and with the help of the internet. Most people burn the active ingredients up in the oven or never activate it fully. Very delicate process indeed.
The MPO released a video (view here>>) that demonstrates how to make canna-butter, and intentionally left out decarboxylating (pre-baking in the oven). This process of decarboxylation is helpful but extremely precise. Expect to waste lots of marijuana before dialing it in.
Darren, you cannot eat the marijuana straight without applying heat.
MPO members and readers of this article; Let’s help Darren in the comment section below.