Using medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs for pain treatment has become increasingly common, especially in states that have legalized cannabis. Unfortunately for professional athletes who play one of our country’s most painful sports, they can’t use MMJ without risking their job status. But that could change now that former professional football players — a handful of whom used to play for the Denver Broncos — are speaking out about their preference for cannabis.
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Update below: The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general in the administration of President Donald Trump was touted by Senator Cory Gardner, who voted to confirm the former Alabama senator shortly after doing likewise for new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — a donor, along with her family, of nearly $50,000 to the Colorado Republican. But the news isn’t being cheered by Colorado’s other senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, or marijuana-industry representatives fearful that Sessions, a vocal pot hater, will soon order a crackdown on cannabis sales in Colorado and beyond.
After Sessions was confirmed by a 52-47 margin, Gardner released the following statement: “Mr. Sessions has an impressive legal career and a profound commitment to upholding the rule of law. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him in the Senate and witness firsthand his strong record of bipartisanship. I’m confident in his ability to serve as the chief law enforcement officer in the country.”
Dear Stoner: I’ve been dealing with migraines for years, and my prescribed medication rarely works. I’ve been thinking about medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. Does it do anything for migraines?
Dear Ken: They say that those who deal with migraines and insomnia are the most intelligent and creative people; I am neither, but my dumb ass still dealt with the same issue growing up. I tried all sorts of treatments — aspirin, prescription ibuprofen and Imitrex, multiple MRIs, even locking myself in a dark, silent room — but nothing worked. I’ve also gotten so stoned that I’ve forgotten I even had a migraine — but that put me out of commission longer than the headache ever did. Finally, I spoke with a medical marijuana doctor about my condition, and he recommended tinctures and edibles.
Spanish customs officials busted a 64-year-old man pretending to be an imam, or Islamic preacher, this week who was carrying four pounds of hash under the flowing robe of his costume.
Customs officials say they stopped Azad Bishir Levi after he stepped off a boat from Morocco with a funny walk – apparently, the kind of limp you have when you’ve not done a good job of strapping hash to your body.
Over two decades ago, Russian archeologists discovered the tomb of a mummy referred to as the Siberian “Ukok Princess” buried deep beneath the frozen lands of the Altai Mountains. This discovery was highly publicized at the time due the woman’s 2,500-year-old body being so well preserved that her tattoos were still plainly visible. And while scientists revealed many interesting aspects about her final resting place, perhaps the most fascinating was the fact that in addition to a number of artifacts found in the grave was a surplus of marijuana.
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Despite what reports out of Spain may want you to believe, a student who has fallen into a coma after eating a pot brownie did not do so because of the pot in said brownie.
Reports say that a student ate a birthday cake baked with a little extra love inside and quickly became seriously ill. Nine other people went to the hospital as well. All of that is very strange and scary, no doubt. But as anyone with any clue about cannabis can tell you: it wasn’t the pot’s fault.
Like most artists, Denver painter Heidi Keyes, seen here, was looking to expand her artistic endeavors. Then, a friend told her to create a Colorado-style version of the popular Sip and Paint/Canvas and Cocktails events already happening: “Why not some kind of 420-friendly painting class?”
And with that, Puff, Pass and Paint was born, gaining steam and clients faster than Keyes could ever have imagined. Westword caught up with Keyes this week to find out more about how she managed to become a professional artist and what it’s like finding her way within the state of Colorado’s new marijuana laws.
Health officials in Arizona say they want more detailed information on medical marijuana patients claiming “chronic pain” on their state applications in an effort to cut down on falsified recommendations, they say.
We say they’re sticking their noses where they shouldn’t be.
Long before Eric Oriol became Bikram’s enemy number one, he was just another student at Bikram Yoga North Miami. He loved that the classes in 107-degree heat helped him keep off the pounds. (“Us Haitians, if we don’t eat beans and rice, it’s like we’re not having dinner!” he says.) However, he soon began to feel excruciating pain in his lower back.
Oriol, who had injured his back years ago in the Navy, was wary of overdoing it. But his instructors encouraged him to continue taking classes — and paying, he says. Miami New Times has the rest of this strange tale.
Morgan Loew, a
douchebag reporter with Phoenix’s CBS 5, had a hunch: that only young and healthy people were getting a medical marijuana card from doctors who didn’t really care about following the rules. Sick people be damned.
So what did he do? He faked his way into getting a card with a real ailment: a sore back. He saw both a chiropractor (to build up a history) as well as the doctor who recommended cannabis for what Loew described as “distracting” pain that limited his ability to run.