High as a Flag on the 4th of July

It’s 10:10am Pacific Standard Time, and I’m stoned.

HA! Bet you thought this post would be about patriotism, or our flag’s history, or some such, didnt ya?

Well, surprise. It’s now 10:14am PST, and I’m stoned. I don’t ordinarily sit around at 10 in the morning and get stoned. I don’t ordinarily get stoned. I did in college in the 60s and for a few years after. Marijuana is legal now in Oregon, and I do use cannabis edibles and oils, but now I do it for pain management, not for getting stoned.

But, like I said, I’m stoned. A back story is in order:

  • Two days ago I had two back molars extracted. My dentist had trouble getting one of them out.
  • I had some sedation (Halcion) for the procedure. I knew Halcion could take up to a day to clear your system, and I was not to drive or do anything active the next day.
  • When I got home I started taking ibuprofen and acetameniphin together every 6 hours for pain. (Research shows this is as effective for pain control as prescription opiates. I can attest that it is, having taken both for pain. Plus, you don’t get addicted.)
  • For the first day I had very little gum pain at the extraction sites. I did have some balance problems, which I attributed to lingering effects of Halcion.
  • This morning, I woke up at 7 am with more pain than yesterday, the same woozy balance as yesterday, and also feeling a little nauseous.
  • AHA! I knew what to do! I took my pain pills, and then I consumed one-half of a cannabis gummie. I knew that marijuana edibles can take from 2-4 hours to take effect. But I had used this edible before at that dose and found it was mildly helpful for relaxation and pain management but did not get me high. I also knew it was reported to be good for nausea.
  • I went about my day. About 8 am I sat down at my computer. When I stood up again about an hour later, I staggered and almost lost my balance. This wooziness continued and got worse as I moved about. I could not get my thoughts to work because my brain was turning into mashed potatoes. I thought I was still feeling the effects of Halcion.
  • Then it dawned on me: It isn’t the Halcion. Dummy! You’re high! You’re stoned out of your mind!

I am still stoned, and I don’t know for how long or why. I used this gummie at this dose before a few times and didn’t get high. However: It was usually late afternoon or evening and after two or three meals.

This morning I took the gummie on an empty stomach. I guess that’s it. Any other ideas?

But anyway, I’m still stoned. High as a flag on the 4th of July. And I am going to publish this post today just after writing it, instead of taking a few days to edit it, as I normally do. My judgment is off, you see. I’m stoned.

Thank you for reading my post.

Joy and Peace, Marjorie Beck

Author: wishicouldhavebeenthere

I write a blog foremost because I love to write. I have lived with depression most of my life, and I blog some about that, but about a lot of other things that interest me, too, such as greyhounds and kittens and our dying planet.

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