Hot flashes & pot, CBD, THC, et al....

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Hot flashes & pot, CBD, THC, et al....

by LessPaul on Wed Jun 26, 2019 07:46 PM

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Greetings, all.  Thanx for being here.

Yep.  Another hot flash thread.

So, I'm well on my journey thru PC.  I'm almost 64 and diagnosed in October of 2018 with a PSA of 11. Biopsy showed 3 sectors involved, level Tc1, and a Gleason score of 9. That was later downgraded to a 7 (4+3) after a 2nd look at my pathology slides by U of M. Surgery scared me too much so I opted for radiation and ADT. I got 5 high-intensity radiation treatment, every other day for 10 days (Cyberknife), plus 6 months of Lupron. I'm now about 5 months into my 6 month Lupron treatment. I'll get another PSA test in a few weeks, hopefully getting a happy-dance number.

My most pressing issue is hot flashes. They are about driving me batty.  I get them day and night. I toast up, sweat, and then get major chills. Back and forth, back and forth. My uro prescribed venlaxafine to curb the flashes. It seemed to help for a while, but the flashes now seem worse than ever over the past month or so.

Aside from being just plain irritating, they are seriously getting in the way of a decent night's sleep. Last night, I went to bed a little before midnight and rose about 6:30. I counted 6 hot flashes in that time, each waking me from my sleep. I'd wake to a flash, throw off my covers, then get chilled...and about the time I'm falling back asleeep, here comes another one. Lack of proper sleep carries its own set of negative effects, which I certainly don't need at this point.

I'm no stranger to pot, and I usually smoke a bit before going to bed because it helps me fall asleep fast, which I appreciate. And no flashes for a few hours, at least that I'm aware of. I might just be sleeping thru them.  But come 3am or so, they're back. And I'll have several more before rising.

My question involves whether anyone has gotten relief from the flashes by any combination of medical pot, CBD oil, THC oil, hemp or whatever. I'm not talking about curing PC with it. I rely on my doc's treatment plan for that. I just really need to get out from under these hot flashes. Am also interested in any other homeopathic treatments, vitamin regimens or whatever.

Any suggestions? Thx!

RE: Hot flashes & pot, CBD, THC, et al....

by Sowikwb on Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:40 AM

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Hi,

My husband got great relief through acupuncture. No more hot flashes!  I wish you luck.

RE: Hot flashes & pot, CBD, THC, et al....

by Ladydi431 on Sun Jan 19, 2020 06:57 PM

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It’s been awhile since you posted this- how are you doing??my husband is on hormone therapy. But new research is suggesting the opposite - using testosterone and rebalancing tte hormones. I am trying to research this .

RE: Hot flashes & pot, CBD, THC, et al....

by LessPaul on Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:01 PM

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Thanks for asking....I’m still hangin’ in. I had 6 months of Lupron after radiation. The hot flashes continue, but reduced in frequency, duration and intensity. I continue to use cannabis to control the flashes. For me, it knocks them out virtually 100%. I only use it during the nighttime because my wife “doesn’t like who I am” when smoking during the day. Which I find ridiculous. Anyway, my original post-treatment PSA test from last July came back at 1.2 or so. I just got another, 6 months later, and I’m at just under 5. I’m a little anxious about what this spike means. I meet with my Uro next week. Otherwise, life goes on for me.
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