Marijuana helps me with the spasticity and at times depression. Pot is not a miracle drug for me, but it helps with maybe 80-90% of spasms during use which is much better than the synthetic bullshit the doctors are giving me. My issues with the pills I'm given is they either don't do anything or they bring about a list of side effects. Most common issue I have with prescribed meds are stomach related problems including bowel functions.
I was taking Marinol for a while which was working perfect until I started growing a tolerance. I have taken myself off of it for the next few weeks and I will return to it. I would much rather take Marinol over Zanaflex.
Pot helps me get to sleep but doesn't keep me asleep. It wears off and the spasms start up again, which wakes me and keeps me up. If I had access to edibles or other forms of marijuana I would gladly take that stuff rather than Zanaflex to go to sleep and stay asleep.
I do not smoke during the day. I can and have, but its just one of those things, maybe a respect for my job. I just feel like I should be as sharp as possible. So right now I have no assistance with any medications for dealing with the spasms. I live a very uncomfortable life.
In my opinion the best way to smoke is using a vaporizer. But not one of those shitty ones that just burns your shit. The best one is a HerbalAire. It passes hot air through the herb which releases the active compounds into a vapor. This avoids burning the stuff, therefore no carcinogenics. You can use direct inhale or fill up a bag. Both ways are easy to use for MS patients who may be having issues with their hands. Alot easier than rolling and smoking a joint of lighting a bowl...
I currently live in a state where marijuana has not been decriminalized (yet).
For the past few months I had been planning a trip out west to check out some cities. But I think I have recently scrapped the idea. I cannot justify jumping a few time zones across the country just so I can get pot cheaper and legally. I just cannot make the move (nor should I have to). There are some northeast states that have decriminalized but as I enter my second true winter with MS, I am finding it harder to function in the cold, and may have to stick to warmer climates (but not too warm).
I wish the states in the southeast would get their shit together and allow people access to medicine that actually works. Even with state decriminalization, the fucking federal government continue to fuck up my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So fuck you
In the meantime I will probably move somewhere in the southeast and continue to live my life as a criminal.