I was able to get it right from the source. My friend in Washington state is a licenced cannabis grower. I tried very pure strains of india and sativa, in many forms: oil, edible, smoked, vaporized and the sativa strains, with low THC worked best. Some strains worked to relieve pain from CIDP, some didn't. However, hybrid strains of indica/sativa really worked to lessen pain, anxiety, lift spirits, provide creative energy, and diminish stiffness. But I'll have problems getting these hybrid strains here until dispensaries are legal in Hawaii in 2016.
My conclusion is that the longer one has undiagnosed CIDP, the worse the axonal damage will be and the worse off one's life will be. After seeing the progressive nature of cannabis in WA, it makes me wonder, again, why all the bruhaha. I was paranoid of pot, but now I realize how simple-minded I was. Believe me, go there, look around and your fears will probably dissipate quickly. Fear of medical pot is similar to fear of gay medical doctors, etc.
I've applied for a Hawaii licence and after doing the math for a daily (relapse) consumption amount, and knowing the effective dose (which is VERY small amount and in capsule form) the cost is less than gabapentin (which I will still continue to take). The key is knowing the effective amount to take. Too much, you just get sleepy. Not enough, no benefit.
I also discovered that smoking a strain high in THC entertaining, amusing, and when combined with a swimming pool, a fine meal, good wine and friends becomes the good life... again. Perhaps I can soon once again enjoy Maui in a new cannabis light and life. But I still look forward to moving to Connecticut, to the New Haven area to escape a one hospital island and swarms of such frenetic and eager Chinese tourists. My God, they're all millionaires!
To live in chronic pain is a fool's choice if other options are open, if one is stuck in the ruts of wagon wheels past.