They asked if I was using narcotics and ignored the medical marijuana.

If it helped people, especially older people, it was better than taking a lot of medications

I had to go to the hospital for a surgical procedure this week. Normally, the nurses ask about the medications I take, my allergies to meds, and if I used tobacco, alcohol, or narcotics. I told them I had been using medical marijuana for over a year, and they didn’t even blink an eye. They didn’t ask the reason for the use of medical marijuana, or how much I used. This struck me as odd, because I had always thought of marijuana as a type of narcotic. I have a marijuana product that helps me sleep, and one that eases the pain. I thought that’s what they used narcotics for. I wanted them to know in case they gave me medications that would react with the medical marijuana. I hadn’t used it the day before surgery, or the morning of, because of that reason. The only medicines they were concerned with were if I had used diabetic medicine or diuretics. When another nurse came in, I asked about the lack of concern over using medical marijuana. She said that they were happy when people told them medical marijuana wasn’t a big deal. If it helped people, especially older people, it was better than taking a lot of medications. I was happy that someone was actually listening to me and telling me why no one seemed concerned. When she said that as far as she was concerned, it wasn’t as bad as using alcohol, and only went a step below in using acetaminophen for headaches. She made me laugh when she said that, even if she was putting an IV in my arm.

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