I'm having acupuncture for several issues, mainly chronic fatigue and IBS. I've been getting kidney points, and then heart and liver points more recently. I'm also taking herbal medicine to complement the therapy. My question is: before starting the acupuncture I was using cannabis medically (live in Colorado) to help with the IBS and sleep issues (for which it was helping quite a bit, especially the first month). I stopped when I started the acupuncture because I wanted to see what acupuncture alone could do, and while it helped somewhat, my sleeping issues are still pretty prominent.
I feel a little uncomfortable talking about this with my acupuncturist since he's an older guy, but my main question is: is it possible that cannabis can interfere with the acupuncture therapy in a bad way (my acupuncturist often says that western medicine can interfere with acupuncture) or it's ok to use in addition to the therapy?
ive been reading that acupuncture among the other things is proven to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which makes me think that cannabis could either work synergistically with acupuncture or kind of "clash" with it. Also I think. I read that Cannabis is included in the medical herbs of Chinese medicine but I'm not clear for what! and obviously being illegal in most places I can see why there's not a lot of info for its use with acupuncture.
if anybody could shed some light on the matter. I would be extremely grateful!