I had to stop taking cannabis 13 months ago, not that it had any side effects, but because my employment restricts the use of cannabis-based products in the work place, and in our spare time. I work full time for a global pharmaceutical company and we have regular drug tests. For me, cannabis helped in many different areas of my life. I started consuming cannabis from about the age of 15 - I’m 30 now, and it's never affected my work/life balance. I've always been in employment, but after leaving the armed forces in 2011, I found myself in pain, and regularly have been unable to motivate myself. I started consuming cannabis because I was depressed and having constant anxiety attacks being outside and around large groups of people. To this day, I still have anxiety attacks and migraines. When I was self-medicating, I was at ease of my surroundings and myself. All the weight had lifted off my shoulders and everything around me was so peaceful. My depression had completely disappeared and I felt a whole new person. I carried on consuming cannabis up until 2018, when I moved jobs and part of the contract stipulated that we had to be drug-free, so I put my bills and my family before my health. Over the last 13 months my anxiety has begun creeping back in and I can't even sit still at the traffic lights. My headaches and migraines are coming back with a vengeance. For a period of time, I was free from pain and looked forward to life without a care in the world. For me, I am blessed when I have a day where my headaches have gone, but the majority of the time I worry when my next one will be.
Given this breakthrough, it became intolerable to me that I was a criminal in the eyes of the law for nothing more than legitimately treating a medical condition when no other effective treatment was available. I had no other option to help reduce my tinnitus. This is why I feel compelled to become an advocate for cannabis decriminalisation, as I hate having to sneak around like a criminal.
My name is Lucy and I am a medicinal cannabis patient with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
I had to stop taking cannabis 13 months ago, not that it had any side effects, but because my employment restricts the use of cannabis-based products in the work place, and in our spare time. I work full time for a global pharmaceutical company and we have regular drug tests.
Pain can be gone or manageable in seconds to minutes, I can wipe out any bouts of fatigue in seconds, I eat, without it I have zero appetite and I sleep, on cannabis insomnia is not an issue. Which means everything else is easier to deal with. But I have to be a criminal to use it and it is very costly. My illnesses have taken my life away, I can't work, I can barely walk, but cannabis gives me hope of some sort of a normal life without persistent torture.
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 am a 27 yr old man who has lived in 2 countries and many cities in the UK. I have used cannabis medicinally for the past 8 years, for chronic pain relief, sleeping difficulty, stress relief and I have also found it to aid in digestion. I have also used it recreationally for 2 years prior.
I have had a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Migraine, Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, Degenerative Spine Disease, Depression and Diverticulitis, amongst others. In this time my doctors have tried to treat my pain with Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, Gabapentin, Duloxetine, 30/500 Co-codamol, Immigran, morphine patches, voltarol patches and many, many more.
I am a 31 years old medical cannabis patient, living in London since 2015, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.
The last 11 years were an unending nightmare for me, caused mostly by Crohn’s disease and more recently by fibromyalgia, until I “discovered” and tried for the first time cannabis. It was literally a life changer!
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