Where to legally try cannabis for chronic pain
I have received many inquiries lately from people who want to see if cannabis could help relieve their chronic pain, but they either don’t live where medical marijuana is legal or it is legal for medicinal use where they live, but they don’t want to sink a fortune into entering their state’s program only to discover it doesn’t help them.
Today I am going to share a legal and safe way to find out if adding cannabis to your pain management plan is for you.
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Take a trip
The best and most legal option is to plan an extended visit (at least a week) to a state or country that has legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. I say most legal because, in the United States, it is illegal to be in possession of or to consume marijuana on a Federal level.
Before you say, “I can’t afford a vacation”, think about this….
A. It is not a vacation, it is a mission to find out if cannabis will improve your chronic pain.
B. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Save money by reaching out to friends and relatives that live in those areas and ask to stay with them.
C. Think of it as an investment. You either find out that it doesn’t work and you are out that money or it does help and you recoup that money with a better life once you begin at home.
We’ll talk more about how to make the trip more cost effective, but for now, let’s figure out where to go!
Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice.
Here is a list of the states and countries that have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes as of the publication of this post
Northern Mariana Islands
While recreational use is legal in the District of Columbia and Vermont, neither allows it to be sold so I would not consider either as options.
When considering where to go, keep a couple of things in mind. The first is how bad is your current pain level and how much more pain are you willing to endure? While it would be great to see if cannabis could relieve a higher level of pain, wouldn’t you rather see if it is able to address your current level first?
With that said, if you don’t do well in cold climates, don’t visit Alaska or Michigan in the winter. If extreme summer heat, we’re talking triple digits, increases your pain, don’t book a trip to Vegas during the summer.
Another thing to consider is, who do you know there? Do you have friends or family that are cannabis connoisseurs? Going into a dispensary for the first time can be an intimidating experience when you are new to it. Not only can they accompany you, but they can also help you choose products based off of their favorite brands.
Where to stay
Once you have chosen your destination, you need to figure out where you are going to stay. The most affordable would be to stay with friends or family. Just make sure that they know why you are visiting and what you are planning on doing while there. Not everyone wants cannabis in their homes. Don’t be a douche, respect your hosts and if they are cannabis connoisseurs be sure to share!
My second suggestion is to book an Airbnb that allows smoking if you are choosing to try it in that manner or book through a cannabis tour service. Note that Airbnb does not have a policy against the possession or consumption of cannabis.
Here are a few cannabis lodging services/tours to help you on your mission.
Your last and least favorable option if you are planning on smoking would be a hotel/motel. Most have no smoking rules and most state recreational cannabis laws prohibit smoking cannabis in public places such as a smoking area. Anyways, there are other ways to try cannabis besides smoking. You could try edibles, tinctures, or topicals instead.
One last thing to think about….. If you are traveling to try cannabis, do not purchase more than you think you will consume while there. It is federally illegal to transport cannabis over state/country borders. This includes all modes of transportation, including air.