A Balm for the Bruises and Bends:

Managing My Ehlers-Danlos with Cannabis

I have made no secret of the fact that I endure a considerable amount of pain in relation to my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the subsequent antibiotic injury.

How do I manage my Ehlers-Danlos?

That was a question, posed as a prompt for day six of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness month.

Day Seven (today) is “comfort.”

Maggic Cookies!

How DO I manage my symptoms and how do I find comfort in the face of so much pain?

When I began pondering that question, I was reminded of severe gastroparesis episodes that resulted in POTS and passing out on the bathroom floor in the early 2000s.

I remember praying.

Photo by Steve Elliott

Yes, God is and always will be the primary go-to advisor for all of my needs-medical included.

At the time, I was not a member of any church. God would steer me that direction later. But I was using cannabis occasionally for breakthrough pain.

I was being prescribed fentanyl and percocet, but the pain was ALWAYS breaking through.

There were so many things in the years between 2002 and 2007 that I didn’t know, but what I DID understand was the cannabis I used when nothing else helped, actually DID help me.

Cannabis eased my pain, and it eased my brain.

Although I wouldn’t be given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder until 2021, the cannabis I used for my pain in 2005 also seemed to sooth my brain in ways I couldn’t describe.

It wasn’t the “high.” To be honest, now that side effect is long in the distance, it is the balanced effect the various cannabinoids provide that makes me able to be productive at all.

The cannabinoids I intake on a daily basis, through various means also reduce my inflammation levels and ease my nausea associated with my gastroparesis and GERD from my EDS.

I’ve shared the recipe I base my capsules on.

My FECO for my capsules and salve is sourced from a dear advocate and friend, Grandma Cat.  I know I can rely on the medicine I get from her, and she allowed me to try a formulation with high CBG for an amazing boost of pain relief, even in the face of two severely injured hands!

I’ve linked Grandma Cat’s site here for more information about her amazing herbs.

Grandma Cat’s FECO drops are the essential ingredient!

My comorbidities with Ehlers-Danlos might keep some from understanding how much cannabis assists me in the management of the congenital condition, but Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome effects EVERY part of my body.

My connective tissues are the building blocks for all of my pieces of my body, so the pain and injuries can be diffuse throughout.

I thought it was time I’d share a another recipe that I use for my personal use.

I’ve given out many tins of salve over the holidays, but for others, I do leave out one ingredient: Cannabis

Here is the recipe if you’d like to make some for your own comfort!

Maggic Muscle Salve

2 ounces of beeswax pellets

4 ounces Coconut oil

1 ounce Jojoba oil

1 ounce Hempseed oil

1 ounce apricot kernel oil

1 ounce Grapeseed oil

1 ounce each Calendula and Arnica infused oil or 5 drops of extract (available online or at herbal health stores locally)

5 drops each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils, and 4 drops of tea tree oil)

10 drops of high CBD or 1:1 FECO drops

Melt beeswax pellets over a double boiler.

Remove from heat.

Immediately add oils and gently stir. Melting and combining completely.

Add essential oils.

Pour into tins and allow to cool before adding the lid.

There you have it!!

Use sparingly as needed in good health!

I hope you find some comfort and ease for whatever that ails you today!

Love and Lighte


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