The Benefits of Marijuana

Carlos A. (52) of Colorado, was left a quadriplegic after an auto accident in 1973. Carlos also suffers from extremely high blood pressure Doctors are aware of and support his use of cannabis. “I am sure that without it, I would not be alive to give this testimony.”

Jonathan A. (45) of Hawaii, has suffered from severe asthma since he was ten. He had taken “a steady schedule of twelve injections per day over production of histamines.”  From the age of seventeen until present, Jon has used only cannabis for his health problems.

Bill A. (40) of Michigan, suffers from severe post-traumatic hedaches that are not relieved by conventional medication. He has no memory of his life before the accident, in which he was struck by a drunk driver After seeing many specialists and trying countless medications, Bill found that only cannabis effectively releases him from his agony.

Lynn A. ( 49) of Vermont, has chronic pain from sciatic nerve damage. After taking many prescribed drugs, Lynn began using cannabis to avoid the addictive and debilitating side effects of conventional medication.

Hans A. (29) of Ohio, is HIV-positive and suffers from migraines due to an arachnoid cyst in his brain. He has been employing cannabis to stimulate his appetite and reduce the pain his headaches cause without taking prescription drugs.

Daniel A. (41) of Ohio, is a quadriplegic. Medication prescribed for his condition caused brain seizures. He has removed himself from all the medication and uses cannabis in reducing his spasticity.

Tim B. (34) of West Virginia, underwent five operations following an automobile accident and was in the hospital for two years. He lost over half his body weight, received a new aorta made from gortex, and had several cerebral strokes. He uses cannabis because it is the only medicine that controls spasticity and allows him to eat without nausea, and helps him to sleep.

Robert B. (49) of Texas, was in a scooter accident in 1984 in which his leg was severely injured. After twenty-six operations, the leg had to be amputated. He was prescribed morphine, and strong hallucinogenic tranquilizers like Halcion. “Cannabis helps me to sleep, the throbbing in my stump is lessened and I can eat and maintain my weight.”

MJ B. (48) of Nebraska, is the victim of a spinal cord injury and sufferer of epilepsy. She has found cannabis to be more effective and safer than other conventional medications. She began to self-medicate with the herb after opiate-type medications caused traumatic side effects.

William B. (46) of South Dakota, has AIDS. His aggressive medication therapy causes extreme fatigue, diarrhea, sporadic nausea, headaches, chronic skin rashes, nervousness, and loss of appetite. With the help of cannabis, William is able to relieve his headaches, reduce his nausea, and regain his appetite and energy level. Although he has stopped using cannabis out of fear of arrest, his doctor on the reservation has said she would prescribe cannabis if she could. He hopes it will be available before he dies.

Trent B. (36) of Utah, suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He is completely immobilized. He utilizes cannabis because his esophagus is paralyzed. He cannot swallow without it. “I also use cannabis for depression and to reduce pain.”

Mark B. (45) of Connecticut, is a paraplegic due to a fractured spine. Now without the use of his lower body, and suffering from muscle spasms, he relies solely on a vegetable diet and cannabis to rid himself of pain and control spasms.

Carey B. (37) of Georgia, is a quadriplegic who has suffered multiple back and neck injuries. He uses cannabis to control the muscle spasms that conventional medication cannot relieve.

Frank B. (48) of Vermont, injured his back in the military. Doctors prescribed huge amounts of morphine, which left him in a “constant stupor.” “Cannabis is my best medicine... It also reduces my level of anxiety.”

Patricia C. of Florida, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, arthritis, a neck injury, and tardive dyslexia. Patricia utilizes cannabis to reduce stress, to help her sleep, to reduce pain, and to stop muscle spasms. Confined to a wheelchair, she must regularly change her prescribed medications due to a liver dysfunction.

Georgia C. (50) of Vermont, suffers from chronic pain and intestinal problems due to a gunshot wound to her spine. Confined to a wheelchair, she began smoking to alleviate the pain, to relax her muscle spasms, and to reduce her depression. She can now walk with a brace, and wants to be legally prescribed cannabis so she can stop taking addictive prescription medication.

Dana C. (47) of Florida, suffers from chronic back pain, digestive problems, and insomnia. She smokes cannabis to relieve these ailments, but prefers to use a tincture when she can afford it.

Ashley C. (45) of Georgia, has bone spurs which impinge on his spinal cord, as a result of a bone disease he has had since birth. He smokes cannabis to allow some movement in his arms and hands, both of which are disabled. Though the cost of his medicine is high, Ashley’s neurologist and psychologist agree that cannabis is “the appropriate medicine” for him.

Lonnie C. (33) of Georgia, has suffered from glaucoma since he was a teenager. In 1995 he received multiple injuries in a car accident. He was prescribed numerous drugs, none of which relieved either condition. He employs cannabis as often as he can afford, as it grants him more relief than conventional medications, without leaving him mentally inherent.

Kelly C. (26) of Arizona, is a hemophiliac with AIDS. He contracted the virus at age nine through a contaminated blood transfusion. “If I don’t have cannabis I’m incapable of eating, my nausea is so strong. Nothing else gives me any appetite at all,” he says.

Denise D. (37) of Florida, struggles with anorexia, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenic tendencies. Smoking one joint a day prevents drastic mood swings and stimulates her appetite. Without this medication, she has what doctors describe as “psychotic breaks” from reality.

James D. (43) of Florida, suffers from intractable chronic pain stemming from a serious industrial accident in 1985, in which he sustained three herniated discs. An operation was attempted to fuse four lumbar vertebrae, but it was unsuccessful. A morphine pump was implanted in his stomach, causing debilitating physical side effects and mental confusion. Cannabis relieves his muscle spasms and pain with just a few puffs, and allows him to reduce his morphine dosage by half.

Deborah F. (42) of Florida, lives with the pain of multiple sclerosis and keratoconus. When she smokes, she is more alert, and she avoids the conventional medications that seem to be killing her.

Daniel F. (37) of Ohio, was hit by a train in 1987 and suffered injuries that left him paraplegic. The wide range of drugs he was prescribed did little to help him and had many harmful side effects, including several bouts of addiction and withdrawal. Daniel uses small amounts of cannabis to combat his pain, increase his appetite, and help him be productive.

Christopher F.(18) of Kentucky, has been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, manic depressive disorder, and Attitudinal Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He needs cannabis to control his violent mood-swings and to treat his depression. Teachers, surprised by his remarkable improvement, inquired into the cause. When he admitted his use of medical cannabis he was expelled; he is now forced to rely on home-schooling from his mother.

Will Foster (38) of Oklahoma, is a U.S. Veteran diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in his feet and back. He is also the father of three children. He is currently serving a 93-year sentence in prison for cultivation of cannabis in his home for his personal medical use.

Richard F.(35) of Arizona, is a victim of fibromyalgia. He says that prescription pain-killers don’t help and that “without cannabis the pain is intolerable. ..I could not survive.”

Lanny G. (47) of North Carolina, is a U.S. veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain from a shoulder/clavicle injury .He uses cannabis for relief of pain and cramping without the side effects of conventional medications, which leave him unable to function normally.

Richard G. (40) of North Carolina, suffers from degenerative bone disease, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, manic depression, sleep disorders, and heart disease. Conventional medications aggravate his symptoms, while cannabis provides serenity, sleep and emotional stability.

Tim H. ( 49) of Arizona, has had unexplained seizures his entire life. In 1996, after a massive cerebral hemorrhage, he was found to have a congenital arteriovascular malformation. He continued to suffer seizures preceded by dizziness, nervousness, and agitation. Anti-seizure medication and caffeine-based drugs had adverse effects on Tim’s digestive system so he switched to cannabis to alleviate his pain. This medication has no side effects, calms his nerves and stomach, and prevents seizures from occurring.

Joseph H. (49) is a survivor of AIDS. He credits his 10 year record of health to his use of cannabis for appetite, digestion, and stress reduction. “Marijuana kills stress and stress is very lethal for people with AIDS.”

Dr. Andrew H. (39) of Massachusetts, is a multiple sclerosis patient confined to a wheelchair. Upon reaching the tolerance level of his steroid medication, he began smoking cannabis every other day to relax his muscles and to decrease his chronic pain.

Roy H. (4O) of Florida, is a U.S Veteran and AIDS victim. Roy began using cannabis for the effects of AZT and other AIDS inhibitors. He employs cannabis to suppress his nausea, relax his cramps, alleviate his depression, stimulate his appetite, and to restore his energy.

Ladd H. (47) of Iowa, lives with the pain of multiple sclerosis, has been approved to use cannabis therapeutics under the government's compassionate IND program, but the final forms were delayed and did not get processed by the time the program was shut down.  He smokes cannabis to relieve constant pain and stop his muscle spasms.

Jodi J. (29) of Florida, has chronic pain from a back injury.  After drug therapy that left her constantly sedated and bedridden for fourteen months, she quit her medication and switched to cannabis.  Now pregnant with her second child, she employs cannabis to relieve her back pain and to suppress nausea without feeling sedated.

Laura J. (41) of Tennessee, was diagnosed with episodic ataxia, a rare form of spino-cerebellar ataxia (SCA). Confined to a wheelchair, she also suffers from imbalance, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and muscle spasms. After 20 years without a diagnosis and trying almost every medicine available with no relief, Laura switched to a complete diet rich in vitamins and cannabis. Since she had began self-medication with cannabis, her pain and spasms have dissipated, her nausea is suppressed, and she is beginning to be able to walk again.

Robert K. (54) of Oregon, has a fractured vertebra and severe digestive problems. He is able to block the pain, increase his concentration, and induce sleep with the aid of cannabis. When confined to prescribed medications, he is constantly sedated and he suffers additional health risks due to side effects.

Dean K. (35) has AIDS and has been using cannabis therapeutically for ten years to avoid stress induced HIV -related illnesses. Now using more aggressive AIDS medications, Dean's cannabis intake allows him to suppress nausea, regain his appetite, and combat his depression.

John K. (29) of Pennsylvania, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and also is diagnosed as a manic-depression. A former drug and alcohol addict, he began to medicate himself with cannabis to control his mood swings, and was able to quit alcohol as well.

Bryan K. (34) of New Mexico, is a psychiatric nurse (R.N.) He is fighting severe depression, for which cannabis increases his appetite and motivates him to get up in the morning.

Robert Kundert (7S) is the founder and president of the American Cannabis Society. Mr. Kundert, a former cigarette smoker, employs cannabis to ease the respiratory problems caused by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. “Cannabis is a natural bronchodilator. It opens my lungs and gives me life.”

Kiyoshi K. (53) of Pennsylvania, is an AIDS patient and activist. He uses cannabis to combat weight loss, as well as to reduce the nausea caused by HIV therapy.

Dennis L. (49) of Vermont, has Crohn’s Disease. He uses cannabis to ease his digestive problems and to relieve his chronic back pain.

Kay Lee (52) suffers from Season Affective Disorder, arthritis, and manic depression. She smokes cannabis to reduce pain, induce sleep, stimulate her appetite, and to alleviate her depressive symptoms.

Jamie L. (27) of Florida, is an AIDS patient. He smokes cannabis to fight dizziness, nausea, lethargy, seizures, and depression. Arrested and beaten by police at a local Cannabis Buyer’s Club in 1996, Jamie was awarded the right to use cannabis therapeutically from the Florida court. He intends to keep fighting until all patients are equally protected.

Arthur L. (49) of Oregon, suffers from bipolar affective disorder and uses cannabis to control his mood swings. Arrested for growing cannabis for personal medication, he is currently on probation because a defense of “medical necessity” is not recognized in the state of Oregon.

Marshall L. (43) of California, is a paraplegic due to an automobile accident.  “Conventional drugs used for spasticity put me in a stupor. Cannabis relieves the spasms and the pain, and I can function. Cannabis elevates my moods as well.”

Tylan M. (39) of Washington, is a recovering alcoholic who suffered ruptured blood vessels in his face and sustained permanent liver damage as a result of his alcoholism. After being told he would die, if he did not quit drinking, he moved to Belize where he underwent a spiritual conversion to Rastafarianism, and began smoking cannabis. Now back in the U.S., he has been arrested twice for possession of the medicine that saved his life. Through the use of cannabis he quit drinking and is now able to induce his appetite and suppress nausea in order to gain much needed weight.

James M. (39) of Nevada, employs cannabis to stimulate his appetite, combat nausea, and counter the wasting syndrome caused by the medication he is given to fight AIDS.

John M. (38) of North Carolina, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and insomnia. He was given Valium, Naprosyn, and other medications. “I would be very irritable, almost violent, when the chemicals would build up in my system. The pills made me want to be left completely alone, sometimes for weeks at a time. I gave up all the pills, and now I just use cannabis.”

Johanna M. of Washington, suffers from herniated discs and epilepsy. She smokes cannabis to help divert her attention from the pain. She started Green Cross Patient Co-op which is a cannabis distribution center.

Peter M. (48) of California, is an author and activist.He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and HIV in 1996. He says, “I am alive today total!y because of modern medical science and one ancient herb.”

Robert M. (49) of Vermont, is a molecular biology professor at the University of Vermont. He has arthritis and a compressed fracture of the spine. He takes no prescription drugs, employing only cannabis and a chiropractor to relieve his pain.

Robert M. (64) of Arkansas, employs cannabis to fight the imbalance, weakness, spasticity, and low energy symptomatic of multiple sclerosis.

Debby M. (49) of Kansas, is an insomniac who uses cannabis as a sleep agent, stress reducer, and appetite stimulant. Arrested and placed on probation in the state of Kansas, she is fighting cannabis related felony charges that would result in life imprisonment if she is convicted.

Johann M. (35) of N. Y., has Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction and chronic candidiasis. Because of his multiple chemical sensitivity, he must avoid conventional medication, for which he substitutes acupuncture, herbs, and cannabis. With these medical treatments, he subdues his gastrointestinal problems, eases pain, and heightens his energy level. He also runs a Medical Marijuana Buyer's Club in New York City.

Sister Somyah (47) of California, has had sickle cell anemia since birth. A U.S. Veteran, she has constant flu like symptoms, severe pain in the area of her spleen, nausea, and dehydration. Left sedated and nonfunctional by prescribed narcotics, Sister Somyah advocates the use of cannabis (both smoked and  hemp seed oil) through her Crescent Alliance Self-Help for Sickle Cell Foundation. “I should be dead, but I just keep getting stronger. The fact that cannabis oxygenates the cells has helped to give me added, healthy years. And the nutritional benefits of the oil from hemp is likewise helping many people with sickle cell anemia.”

Barbara M. (55) of Florida, was the victim of a massive heart attack. Because of this heart condition, she cannot take prescription medication for her chronic back pain, instead she uses cannabis for pain and stress relief.

Leonard M. (58) of Idaho, is a U.S. Verteran and fights chronic pain and insomnia. He smokes cannabis as a pain reliever and sleep aid. Having visited Holland’s coffee shops, he has found cannabis to be well regulated and the citizens indifferent to the herb’s presence. He would like to see cannabis available by prescription so that he need not break the law.

Myron M. (35) of California, is diagnosed with diabetes that caused him to become legally blind. He also suffers from a paralyzed stomach as well as uncontrollable vomiting, Myron has tried many pain killers that do nothing for his symptoms. Cannabis allows his nervous stomach to settle, acts as an appetite inducer, a nausea suppressant, and reduces the blood in his eyes so that he can see. Prone to infections because of diabetes, Myron must grow his own medicine to insure it is free from contaminants. Recently, his cannabis garden was raided by the police despite the passage of Proposition 215.

Mitchell M. (40) of North Carolina, has herpes, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and severe neck and lower spine deformities. Prescribed medication left Mitchell incapacitated and feeling like he was on “speed.” Cannabis soothes his violent emotional swings, and eases his pain while relieving pulmonary constriction and preventing asthma attacks.

Larry N. (47) of Florida, has an impacted vertebrae and scoliosis of the spine. He also suffers from arthritis and uses cannabis to reduce his pain. After having his cannabis garden confiscated, he became clinically depressed. Conventional medications helped neither his depression nor his immobilizing arthritis. He is currently facing jail time for his cultivation conviction.

Michael 0. of Washington, is a Viet Nam Veteran who employs cannabis for the symptoms of Delayed Stress Disorder.

Douglas P. (18) of Georgia,a student at South Western University, suffers from astigmatism and eating disorders. Cannabis has helped him maintain his weight by stimulating his appetite and eliminating the nausea he often feels. It eliminated all symptoms of the astigmatism.

Daryl P. (26) of Minnesota, lives with spasticity, nausea, and depression caused by cerebral palsy. Wheelchair-bound, the conventional medications only serve to aggravate his nausea and add to his stress. With the use of cannabis, Daryl has gained weight, suppressed his nausea, and calmed his anxiety and depression.

Robert P. (50) of Colorado, was diagnosed with MS in 1990, and has had four colostomies. Taking Prednisone caused extreme bloating and irritability , so he discontinued its use. “The odor from the external colostomy bag ruined my appetite. My physician wrote a letter stating that I had MS , and that cannabis helped my symptoms including my loss of appetite.”

John P. (33) of Ohio, uses cannabis to fight the pain, dizziness, spasticity, weight loss, and nausea associated with multiple sclerosis. To help legalize cannabis therapeutics, he has testified before the Ohio State Legislature.

Robin P. (40) of Montana, has a lupus-type connective tissue disorder. She suffers from migraines, fibramyalgia, degenerative disc damage, nausea, and chronic pain. When prescribed medications had no effect on her symptoms, she researched treatment options and began smoking cannabis to combat her symptoms. Now able to function, she fights for the right to obtain cannabis legally.

Don R. (52) of New Jersey, has chronic fatigue syndrome and takes cannabis to heighten his focus and to reduce discomfort caused by muscle weakness and cramping.

Kenneth R. ( 42) of Ohio, has multiple sclerosis. A U.S. Veteran, he uses cannabis to combat severe spasticity and to restore his balance. Although he has had limited success with conventional medication, Cannnabis makes him feel “normal.”

Jackie Rickert (46) of Wisconsin, suffers from Ehler’s Danlos syndrome, a degenerative disease of elastic connective tissue. She uses cannabis to reduce chronic joint pain and as an appetite stimulant. After being approved for the government’s Compassionate IND program, the program was shut down and she never received her first shipment of medication.

Ralph R. of Ohio, was the victim of an accident causing severe cartilage tearing in his knees, a fractured shoulder, and a bulging vertebral disc in his neck. He also suffers from PTSD. When his prescribed medicine caused organ damage, Ralph substituted cannabis to overcome his nausea-vomiting, depression, and anxiety attacks. He also uses it as a pain remedy. Though his doctors in both the U.S. and Columbia have recommended cannabis to Ralph, he must keep his medicinal use a secret to avoid losing his social security and medical benefits.

John R. (51) of Alaska, is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a result of exposure to Agent Orange while a Marine in Vietnam. Arrested by the federal agents for growing cannabis in his home, John was given home detention because of his disease. “I fought for the ideal of liberty and I think that all Americans should still value their right to decide what goes into their own body.”

Scott R. (50) of Maryland, is a Veteran and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, a fractured skull, severe knee injuries, and exposure to Agent Orange while in the military. “For years, I was prescribed every anti-depressant on the market. Nothing helps like cannabis. It relieves pain, helps me get to sleep and relieves my depression.”

Donna R. (44) of Florida, has been diagnosed with epilepsy, stroke, migraines, arthritis, and a detached retina caused by inner-ocular pressure. Cannabis allows her to breathe normally, control seizures and migraines, reduce arthritic pain and to lower the pressure in her eyes.

Richard S. (46) of Delaware, has glaucoma, bone spurs on his feet and spine, chronic back pain, and muscle spasms. Suffering adverse reactions to prescribed steroid-based pills, Richard acted on a doctor's suggestion that cannabis might relieve his symptoms, “which it does.”

Elise S. (46) of Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with a pre-ulcer condition, and asthma 30 years ago. Using cannabis to prevent asthma attacks and to ease bouts of diarrhea and constipation, her health improved miraculously. She became a nurse and an accountant. Without cannabis, her ulcers reappeared, and so did feelings of depression. Leg pains also manifested. Since the time of this interview, Elise has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after a 6 day stay in the hospital without cannabis. This was actually the first time in 30 years that she did not have cannabis on a daily basis. “It looks pretty definite that as a child I had multiple sclerosis. The symptoms and even the progression of the disease were arrested for the past 31 years. I always said marijuana saved my life now I know exactly how it did that.”

Lynette S. (44) of California, suffers from toxic pollution exposure, depression, and nervous breakdowns. She finds that using cannabis is a much safer and more effective alternative to the many medications her doctors have given her.

Ron S. (49) of Michigan, suffers from Post-Polio Syndrome and spinal cord atrophy. His doctors have recommended having a morphine pump implanted in his stomach. He would prefer to smoke cannabis to control intense muscle spasms and pain rather than undergo unnecessary surgery and endure the side effects of morphine

Kim S. (39) of North Carolina, has herpes with associated “breakouts,” consisting of rashes, sores, and nervousness coupled with agitation. While other medications were ineffective, cannabis has successfully decreased her episodes by reducing her stress level without side effects. Though her doctors cannot prescribe cannabis, they have told her “do it if it works.”

Dr. Richard S. (46) of Florida, had Attention Deficit Disorder. Previously given Ritalin and other medications to counter his lack of concentration, Richard switched to cannabis because of the ineffectiveness of the conventional drugs. Although he has found Marinol to be helpful, the cost of the synthetic drug forces him to buy cannabis off the street, making him a criminal.

Greta S. (30 )of Louisiana, uses cannabis for Wilson’s Disease, which is when the body cannot eliminate copper. “My larynx was completely paralyzed. I couldn’t speak for over 2 years. I tried cannabis on a regular and intensive basis for 7 days. That’s when I began to use my voice again. Without cannabis, it would be hard for me to function.”

Denise S. (35) of Pennsylvania, is an AIDS patient and utilizes cannabis to fight the nausea and dizziness that accompany her treatment.

Katrina S. (39) of Texas, had a gastric bypass in 1986 to control her obesity and the implant has eroded. During surgery to remove the faulty device, the remnants became lodged in her abdomen, causing severe problems. She suffers pain from violent intestinal contractions, headaches, hernia, ulcers, and vomiting of blood. Confined to a wheelchair and hospital bed, Katrina uses cannabis to battle all her symptoms for which prescribed medication is ineffective.

C.T. (20) of Vermont, has endured at least one grand mal epileptic seizure every day since he was 13 years old. Dilantin and other anti-seizure drugs have been ineffective. His seizures are so violent that his mother must stay home and take care of him. Since she cannot work they receive welfare. Ms. T says her son never has a seizure if he has access to cannabis.

Joe T. (44) of Florida, was diagnosed with chronic pain from a fractured back. He treats his pain with cannabis instead of conventional drugs which left him with severe gastrointestinal problems.

Pebbles T. (54) of Californian, suffers from severe migraines and smokes cannabis to reduce both the frequency and severity of her headaches. She has been arrested four times on cannabis related charges and is currently appealing her transportation conviction based on the newly created Proposition 215.

Lori V. (46) of Vermont, as a result of a car accident she suffered a back injury and developed severe migraine headaches. Lori also has arthritis and a sleep disorder. She finds medicating with cannabis to be much more effective than other medications she has been prescribed, without addicting and debilitating side effects.

Susan V. (35) of California, after having her silicone breast implants rupture, she developed breast cancer and needed a double mastectomy. Susan developed chronic muscle pain, nausea, and weight loss. “Cannabis relieves me of all these symptoms.”

Dan W. (36) of North Carolina, is an activist and uses cannabis to ease the chronic pain in his edemic leg and ankle. His is challenging the current laws to see cannabis recognized as a medicine.

Lennice W. (46) of Virginia, has suffered from mood disorders for her entire life. Fits of manic rage, depression, nervousness, and skin rashes are but a few symptoms. Lennice has tried lithium and other prescription medicines to no avail. Although she deplores breaking the law, she uses cannabis, because it is the only medicine that is effective.

Casey W. (34) of Washington, is an AIDS patient. Casey also has a fragile liver from recurring hepatitis, and is unable to take the powerful AIDS inhibitor medications. After being told he only had a few months to live, Casey began smoking cannabis, as well as employing vitamins and other homeopathic remedies, to fight his nausea, weakness, depression, and insomnia. Six years later, Casey feels healthy and says his medical choice of cannabis set him on the path to health.

Jess W. (50) of Washington State uses cannabis to combat depression and heart disease.

John W. (42) of Texas, suffers from severe bipolar syndrome. Prescribed many anti-depressants and tranquilizers to combat his mood swings, these drugs either elevated his mania to rage, or subdued him to a near-catatonic state. John now keeps himself under control by eating two grams of coated cannabis every morning and smoking a few puffs in the afternoon. “I don’t feel high, just normal.”

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