Zahra Abbas

“I started using cannabis around 4 years ago to get control of my seizures,” Zahra begins, “But cannabis did a lot more than that. It made me seizure free and able to get off all my meds.” She began taking capsules of cannabis oil because it’s easier to remember to when medicate and the dosage is consistent. Cannabis impacted her health in many ways. Her seizures being controlled improved her overall health because she was able to manage her epilepsy, which therefore, allowed her to manage her depression and anxiety.

“Being able to control my seizures, depression, and anxiety has allowed me to manage other things in my life.” Zahra was able to go back to school and finally learn how to drive. She will be starting a job and doing many other things that she once had to rely on others to help her do.

“Places like Om provide a comfortable and safe feeling environment for cannabis access.” She continues to explain how having places like Om gives people (especially those who are new to cannabis, or patients who are getting it for their children) a place where they can feel comfortable getting a medicine that will “provide relief for them”.

“I was very skeptical of cannabis. Even when I first started it I refused to believe that it had done anything. I chose to believe it was a new medicine that I had recently started.” After being seizure free for 3 months, Zahra took a trip on an airplane without it. “I started having seizures the next day and during one of them, I broke my hand pretty badly after falling off the bed.” The days she came back from her trip, she began taking cannabis again and was seizure free beginning that same day. “I was able to get through the healing of my broken hand with no pain meds at all; and, the following year, I was able to recover from my surgery without pain meds. Just cannabis. I also love the friends I have made, and the opportunities I have been given, through this journey.”

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