Today in the United States of America we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies from King George III's rule on July 4, 1776. A remarkable experiment in human history began and continues to this day. If our forefathers hadn’t made the choice to separate themselves from the usual ways of thinking, if fear of trying to change our lot in life had prevailed, if they just accepted things as as the way they were, if they had learned to endure the poor quality of life and pain inflicted by the monarchy, we would likely be living as subjects of the Crown today.
Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence's principal author, wrote in this document regarding government, but even more relevant of human behavior: "... all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.' This concept of humanity just "accepting things as they are" also holds truths for people suffering chronic medical conditions, especially chronic pain.
Perhaps in some ways you are like our forefathers and you have been a subject of your condition and the "monarchy" of the regulators and system which dictates the treatments prescribed. You may be tired of living with a quality of life you have been told to accept. Maybe you are told by the usual sources that there is nothing else to help treat your pain or affliction. You long for better control of symptoms. You are looking for a better quality of life for you and those in your life. You are tired of being under the control of your disorders and pain. If you are reading this, you are already separating yourself from the usual ways of thinking about treating your problem. The thought of some liberation from this tyranny is already within you.
Maybe it is time for you to undertake a great experiment for you as an individual, doing something different which will empower you rather than submitting to the tyranny of the monarchy. Will the change be of benefit for you? Only you can determine that by trying. It requires you to become educated and advocate for and take responsibility for your care and outcomes, just as our Founding Fathers educated themselves on human history and government before forming our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
As we celebrate the first step taken in securing liberty for people in the country which would become the United States of America, remember some of the reasons for the Declaration of Independence as stated by Jefferson.
Perhaps today, July 4, 2019, is the day you decide to declare your own independence from the siege, from the tyranny of your afflictions and the monarchy controlling your treatment. Perhaps today you decide to take advantage of the liberties secured by our forefathers and those who more recently have fought for you to have medical cannabis as an option. Perhaps medical cannabis can help you to achieve your rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
It is my hope to sift through all the noise, marketing, agenda driven studies, politics and stigmas encountered when one tries to be an informed medical cannabis patient. I want you to get the best result from medical cannabis you can.
Brian Nichol MD