Lesson 1544 – Mom uses pot



I had written a few weeks back on Facebook that I had started a new program that had drastically reduced my pain (so much that it let me take on that 5K-a-day challenge.) I told people that I’d talk about it when the time was right.

My article in this month’s New Hampshire Magazine came out.

The time is right.

And now I can talk about it.

I’m in New Hampshire’s therapeutic cannabis program. After years of taking narcotics (I was on a pain contract) and after taking so much Motrin that I destroyed my gut, I have finally found significant pain relief. I take a small amount of cannabis in an edible (I don’t smoke) in the morning, afternoon, and before I go to bed and it has made all the difference in the world.

Since starting this program I haven’t taken anything (not even one tiny Motrin) for pain because I haven’t needed to. Although I will always have some level of pain (arthritis and orthopedic damage) I’d say that there are days my pain level has been reduced by 80 – 90% I NEVER even came close to that with narcotics.

Some “side-effects” from using therapeutic cannabis to treat chronic pain?

  • Sleeping through the night for the first time in over a decade.
  • Reduced inflammation in my joints.
  • Eye twitching (which I’ve had non-stop for almost a year) has gone away.
  • Lower leg muscles have stopped twitching.
  • Blood pressure has gone down 29 points.

Be prepared for me to be a huge advocate of this program for those who are in chronic pain (including chronic Lyme disease) and for those who are suffering with chronic conditions.

Therapeutic cannabis is a game changer.

If you have questions, ask away. You know I live to pass on information.

Here is a link to my article in New Hampshire Magazine – Mom Goes to Pot. 



Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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19 responses to “Lesson 1544 – Mom uses pot

  1. This is my next planned treatment. I have shared everywhere. ❤

  2. I also suffer from chronic pain, from arthritis, spine and hip surgery, and fibromyalgia, and took opioids for many years until the doctors took it away. Now i take Ibuprofen and Acetominophen. Pot is illegal in my red, red state, and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever have it for even medical uses. However, when i could still afford it, i fiund it, and it relieved my pain a lot. It also helped my major depression. I would love to move somewhere where i can use it legally. Unfortunately, my financial situation now precludes me from being able to use it more than once a week at most. I’m also afraid of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sending me to prison for ten years. So I’ll just have to stick with high doses of Motrin and Tylenol and destroy my liver.

    Thank you for speaking out about this , Wendy.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Your’e in a difficult position. I think it will just be a matter of time before it becomes legal (NH just decriminalized pot yesterday) I’m thinking that people are starting to realize that this is something that along with getting people “high” it can really help with quality of life.

      I have no desire to be “high”. I’ve spent years of my life zoned out on narcotics and now that I have relief I want to get out and do things, I don’t want to sit around in a daze. Many people who take this therapeutically feel the same way.


      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 9:29 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  3. Reblogged this on The Lessons of Lyme and commented:
    Many people are using marijuana to heal, and relieve pain. (Re-blog)

  4. Sorry about the typos. I proofread that three times. I’m not good with touchscreens. I hear that it’s because I’m old.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Please, if I had to apologize every time I had a typo….

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments.


      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 9:41 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  5. I hear you on the destroyed stomach lining. Three years on high dose acetaminophen and I can’t eat anything spicy or with acids. It’s too depressing. (Finally got the hip replacement, but now the left one is going too.) I’ll see if cannabis will be an alternative option for future reference. Does it have the ‘munchy’ side effect though, taken the way you do?

    • Wendy Thomas

      No, I haven’t felt the urge to eat “munchies” but to be fair, I’m taking a very low dose so I’m not sure it would do that anyway.

      After taking high doses of Motrin (Ibuprofen) I had the same symptoms as IBS. Foods constantly irritated my gut and I had to be sure I knew where a bathroom was at all times. All of those symptoms have gotten better.

      If it’s available definitely look into it.


      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:03 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  6. Hallelujah. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been using cannabis for pain for several years now with good results. And yet I still feel the stigma and feel ashamed for using it. I fear what others think of me. Many more of us Pot moms need to come out. Thanks for doing so.

    • Wendy Thomas

      It’s funny, people ask me if I get paranoid when taking cannabis. My answer is no (my dose is really too small for that) but that if I did feel paranoid it would be because I’d imagine all the judgmental and misinformed comments that might be said to me.

      There is such a stigma to using cannabis.

      It can be overcome. Glad you are getting relief.

      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 2:58 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  7. Thank you for sharing. I have chronic back pain. I was involved in a head on collision in 2003 and I’m a hard headed patient. I still climb, jump, run, etc. I’ve never considered cannabis as a form of treatment (it’s still legal in my state) but after retirement I may have to consider relocating.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Trust me I know what it’s like to power on, but I also know how exhausting it can be. Imagine less pain and *still* powering on. In New Hampshire, we have therapeutic cannabis and the docs are also allowed to treat Lyme disease as they see fit (in some cases with many months of antibiotics) Two very good reasons for me to continue living here instead of moving to someplace warm.


      On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 1:36 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:



    I enjoy reading your blog..its inspirational..
    I’m in Calif I also follow you on Twitter an enjoy your tweets too😉.
    You also have a beautiful smile😊 let’s chat sometime.


  9. Jon Eriquezzo

    Hi Wendy,

    Very inspiring. Your story provides hope to all of those who suffer with pain! Keep us posted on your progress.

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