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Cannabis and Pain: Soothing a Soft Society

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  Knee surgery this past week has me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized.  The Institute of Medicine states, 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year. ABC News reported in January of 2012, 80 percent of the world's pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S. of A. Experts site our increased life expectancy, cancers, and a soft, sedentary lifestyle as the cause, but what of the rest of the world? Why are Americans suffering so? Or are we? Got Pain? Virginia Woolf, who suffered from mental illness that eventually caused her to end her life, said that people in pain are "forced to coin words himself, and, taking his pain in one hand, and a lump of pure sound in the other (as perhaps the inhabitants of Babel did in the beginning), so to crush them together that a brand new word in the end drops out." In other words, a person's pain is their own and relative to their experience, and putting a meter on it is illusive at best.  Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, I only remember simple aspirin as a remedy for everything from headaches to fevers. And really, even aspirin wasn't always the answer, as a headache could be quelled with a glass of water and nap - it still can, but most today run to the medicine cabinet for a pill. Medicine...