We’ve had a lot of fun hanging out with our friends Greg and Jan White the last few days, showing them around our area, and reminiscing about some of the wonderful times we had when we were traveling together as fulltime RVers. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and today they are going to be back on the road making the return trip to Texas. Thanks for visiting, guys, and we look forward to doing it again sometime in the not-too-distant future.
And while that was fun, now I’m going to tell you about something that wasn’t fun at all. I’ve talked about the benefits of medical marijuana here before, and how much it is helped me dealing with my back pain. But a word of warning here to anybody who is considered trying it, there are dangers.
Did you know you can overdose on medical marijuana? I did Wednesday night, and it wasn’t pretty. Terry has been taking the marijuana extract I have been using and making it into fudge, and each piece was appx 12 mg of THC. I was taking two pieces at night and my back pain had pretty much disappeared. And I was sleeping soundly every night, something I seldom do. But the local dispensary did not have any of that type in stock on my last visit and instead sold me some capsules to replace it. They said a capsule was equal to the two pieces of fudge I was taking at night. As it turned out, they lied. Or at least gave me some bad information.
Wednesday night I took one of the new capsules and went to bed, and about two hours later I woke up sick to my stomach, hallucinating, and totally whacked out. I spent the next five hours throwing up, crying, telling Terry to divorce me because she could do better, laughing my butt off about who knows what, and then repeating the whole cycle of vomiting, hallucinating, crying, and on and on. Terry tells me that at one point I launched into a very poor rendition of the old Roger Miller song England Swings.
But it’s not nearly as funny as it sounds. I was retching for so long and with such force, and my heart was pounding so fast, that I really thought I was going to die. Maybe that was just some kind of drug induced paranoia, but I thought I was going to have a heart attack or a stroke at any moment.
Finally, about 8:30 in the morning I started drifting off to sleep, sitting up in a chair, and Terry, who had been taking care of me like the trooper she always is, got me back into bed. I got about three hours sleep and woke up with a throat that felt like it was on fire, and my entire abdomen and stomach felt like I had been a boxer’s punching bag. As I write this at midnight on Thursday, my ribs and abdomen still feel like someone beat the hell out of me, and my throat feels like it is lined with razor blades and fishhooks. And in the process, I threw my back out again, adding to my discomfort.
As it turned out, each of the capsules has 50 mg of THC, more than twice what I had been taking. I won’t be doing that again! I thought pot was supposed make you mellow, but in my case, it didn’t.
Somebody who knows a lot more about this stuff than I do said that they weren’t surprised by the reaction I had after ingesting so much more than my body was used to. Instead of making me relax and feel drowsy, it had just the opposite effect, much like I had taken speed or something like that.
This is not a criticism of medical marijuana or an attempt to tell people not to use it if they have a legitimate need. It has done great things for a lot of people, including me. However, like with any medication, you have to know what you’re taking and don’t just trust what somebody standing behind the counter tells you.
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And finally, here’s another chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – How hard do you have to hate someone before they spontaneously combust?