3 years ago I was so unwell I had to sell my travel agency business. At that time I was taking prescribed Gabapentin, diazepam, codeine, naproxen, fluoxetine and lansoprazole. I was in severe pain, couldn’t walk far, used crutches when I did and had no energy plus severe brain fog. I began using cannabis to treat pain symptoms and found relief enough to begin physio and Pilates plus swimming. My health slowly improved.

I moved 2 years ago to an area with a cannabis club and started to educate myself into everything I could to do with weed. I made oils and tinctures, edibles and learnt what strains work and what didn’t.

A year ago I began reducing my pharmaceuticals.

Today I just take half the dose I was on of fluoxetine and I have codeine for emergency use but rarely take. I still have pain flare ups but mostly I can control them quickly and keep them at bay. Exercise is easier. I’ve reduced my weight by 3 stone. The brain fog is massively reduced.

My love for cannabis as medicine has become my passion. I feel well enough to consider a return to work. I’m researching starting up a new business. A small tour operator to take patients to Jamaica to learn how cannabis might help them using legal and prescribed cannabis.

Julie Durrans