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An MRI would later reveal a bulged disc in Seidel’s neck and three injured vertebrae. Unfortunately, the diagnosis failed to bring much relief.
“At times, the pain is dull and aching, almost impossible to pinpoint or describe. It’s deep and constant, as if it is coming from my bones,” Seidel writes.
He tried everything, from traditional medications and physical therapy to ice baths and nerve blocks. Then, exhausted and with few options remaining, Seidel walked into a local dispensary.
“It was as easy as walking into a McDonald’s,” he writes. “And the menu was even bigger.”
As Seidel waited in line, he was surprised that many of the customers appeared to be in their 50s, or older. When he got to the counter, he asked for something for pain and the budtender offered up a mixed box of edibles, containing both THC and CBD.
A few hours later, after taking one dose, Seidel writes that he felt like he was being sucked into his couch.
“I became incredibly mellow. Not high. Just completely relaxed. The pain in my arm was still there, but it felt distant.”
For the first time in weeks, Seidel slept through the night.
A month and a half later, the edibles are still working, he writes. “More than anything, it seems to deaden the pain. It helps me fall asleep, and the next day, the pain doesn’t seem as severe.”
Cannabis has shown promise as an adjunct therapy in difficult to treat pain, as well as a treatment