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January 2019

Ashley N.
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“I was 16 when I got in a really bad snowboarding accident. I tore my AC in my shoulder, dislocated it, and damaged my rotator cuff. I did not immediately go to the doctor, but when I did, they told me I would need physical therapy and possibly surgery. I was prescribed Vicodin for the pain, and after my physical therapy ended, [I was] told I would live with chronic pain for the rest of my life. When I was 19, a friend suggested I smoke with him at night to relieve some of my insomnia and sleep better. The difference was night and day.”

For a while, Ashley preferred smoking at night for sleep, and occasionally during the day to relieve any intense pain. Now, she prefers vaporizing CBD in her vape pen during the daytime and smoking flower at home before bed.

“Overall, my health is so much better than it was when I was in high school. The biggest factor in my health is depression. I usually spend a lot of time at home, in pain and in bed. [Medical cannabis] gives me accessibility to restful sleep, reduced pain, and a happier outlook on my life.”

“When you are constantly in pain, your defenses are always up to avert whatever pain could come your way. When I’m in pain I have no appetite, I’m irritable and irritated by really small things, and I believe that makes me scared of people too, because I don’t want to be hurt. Cannabis truly helps me [reconnect with] life and gives me the ability to live, and also the power to take back my life.”

“People everywhere should have the ability to access safe medicine. I believe it is our right to have transparency and compassion regarding our health and care. Dispensaries like Om and others provide [these things], which is very different [compared to] other pharmacies and health centers I’ve been to. It’s great to be asked what I’m actually feeling and what I’m looking for, and be prescribed flower and edibles that actually help, and to be treated like more than a customer, but a person and a patient.”

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Luis R. – January 2019
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Luis began using medical cannabis shortly after he was discharged from the service for a martial arts injury to ease the pain and his arthritis. Shortly after, he began using cannabis to help with PTSD. “[I prefer using] flower for moderate pain and concentrates for chronic pain and insomnia. My chronic pain is now manageable and [my] PTSD, anxiety, and depression are almost non-existent. I have also weaned off of alcohol,” which Luis said was negatively affecting his condition. “With cannabis, I can enjoy my life without any negative side effects, and move forward positively, mentally, spiritually, and physically”.
“Cannabis has saved my life and spared my family in a time when PTSD, anxiety, and and depression were crushing me and everything I loved, and alcohol only exacerbated things. Because alcohol is legal and an acceptable part of the Marine culture, many tend to medicate with that. Coupled with PTSD and mental illness, [irresponsible alcohol use] can cause a multitude of issues from mass shootings to domestic violence.” Luis thanks medical cannabis for helping him wean off of his alcohol dependency and reclaim his “mind and soul”. “I stand by this flower as a symbol of peace, and peace is the ultimate goal of the warrior. Semper Fidelis.”

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Cheryl C.
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Although Cheryl has only been using cannabis for 3 years, she has received major health benefits from the plant. She began using edibles in 2015 with the intent to stop taking opioids. In “2010, I was 55 [years old]. A big dump truck hit me and tore up my back and neck. I was put on Oxytocin and took it for years until I noticed that I was taking it because I wanted to.” When she consulted her doctor about her opioid use, he recommended she use a Fentanyl patch. “I left his office. I kicked the Oxytocin, and decided to use edible cannabis. I have been using it ever since.”

During this same time, Cheryl was seeing an endocrinologist because she had 5 nodules on her Thyroid. “My doctor was going to remove the largest one. I went in for an ultrasound and [my doctor] slid back and asked me what I had been doing. I told her I had been taking medical cannabis.” Cheryl thought her doctor was surprised because of her weight loss, but instead, her doctor exclaimed that the nodule she was going to remove was half it’s original size and the other 4 were completely gone! 

Today, Cheryl is pain free, prides herself in being the oldest CrossFit person at her gym at the age of 63, and has lost seventy-five pounds. “[Having access to medical cannabis] is crucial for myself, especially knowing it is tested and [having proper understanding of] dosing.”