In February 2003 I was diagnosed with MS. The few months leading up to that, I was suffering intense numbness throughout my body. This was mostly effecting my left side. 3 years previous to this I was experiencing intense pins and needles and this was diagnosed as having Guillain–Barré syndrome that has similar symptoms to MS. In reality, it was my first MS relapse.
When diagnosed with MS in 2003, I was told by my NHS neurologist to avoid all Pharmacological solutions for as long as I possibly could. Since that day and thanks to cannabis, I never have. Although, it has been offered to me by various neurologists. I distanced myself from the NHS knowing that they had nothing to offer me.
A friend had informed me of consuming cannabis as an effective medicine. I had wanted to increase my fitness and found that cannabis allowed me to walk two half marathons dressed as a cannabis leaf. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the UPA and there was very little activism, organisation and support. Basically, I was on my own.
I eventually got prescribed Sativex after a brutal relapse in January 2013. Suddenly, I was unable to walk but I could now deal with the pain. Despite Sativex my health was still getting worse. I could only walk 20 feet before collapsing.
In August 2013 I discovered I could improve my health with diet and lifestyle. Within a month I could clearly sense the improvement in my endocannabinoid system. I could actually sense anandamide which blew my mind.
I can now walk over two miles up and down muddy hills and hope for increasing improvement. I still need Sativex but only in a minor way. I used to require 30ml per week but now 10ml can last two weeks. I have more physical health and cognition to continue cannabis activism and a wealth of other things I was once too unwell to attempt. Onwards!
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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