medical marijuana stories

Medical marijuana stories

Many people suffering from chronic pain or epilepsy turn to medical marijuana to help them manage their symptoms. Patients often find they have a better quality of life using cannabis.

Thanks in part to these medical marijuana success stories, the FDA recently approved one type of medical marijuana. The drug helps treat patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two types of debilitating epilepsy.

On this list of medicinal marijuana stories, you’ll find out how medical cannabis changed the lives of people who thought they had no hope left.

1. Rebecca Sewell

Rebecca suffers from many chronic illnesses including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

When Rebecca was ten years old, another child placed handcuffs on her ankle as part of a magic trick without her consent. She started feeling intense pain after freeing herself and doctors diagnosed her with RSD (an older term for CRPS).

At one point, Rebecca had to use a walker to get around because the pain from her condition was so intense. Most medical treatments failed her, including a spinal cord stimulation and morphine treatment.

Rebecca started with recreational marijuana and then experimented with medical cannabis to find relief.

After a time, doctors removed the morphine pump at her request. It a painful process only made easier with the relaxing effects of medical cannabis.

She is now managing her pain and no longer needs a walker or a wheelchair for assistance. She is an advocate of medical cannabis, using her success story as an example to inspire others.

2. Charlotte Figi (Charlotte’s Web)

Charlotte’s tale is a well-known medical marijuana story in the medical cannabis world.

Charlotte was three years old when she had her first seizure. Her seizures increased in both intensity and frequency as she got older.

Doctors diagnosed Charlotte with Dravet’s Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. She was only five years old and suffering roughly 300 grand mal seizures per week. Her body was so badly affected that her parents and doctor put her in a medically induced coma.

With no options for Charlotte, the family turned to medical cannabis.

The results were astounding.

Charlotte suffered no seizures her first week of trying the cannabis oil.

The family turned to the Stanley Brothers to supply them with a supply of medical marijuana. The brothers created a strain with no psychoactive effects. The strain worked so well that the brothers changed the name of the strain to Charlotte’s Web in honor of her.

3. Ashley Surin

Ashley was eleven years old when the school told her she couldn’t to go to class anymore. The school didn’t allow her medical marijuana patch or CBD lotions that she used for her seizures.

Ashley was only a toddler when doctors diagnosed her with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ALL is a type of cancer that impacts the white blood cells and makes it harder to fight infections.

Ashley underwent treatment, but she was still having seizures.

The medication she took at the time caused her to suffer side effects and mood swings. Tired of seeing her like that, the family turned to medical marijuana as a form of treatment.

It’s the cannabidiol that helps with seizures and pain and not the THC, which causes the high.

Medical marijuana is often used as a treatment for cancer patients. But prescribed or not, her patch wasn’t allowed in school.

The family went to court, and in time Ashley returned to school. Her family hopes to change the state laws to help other children like Ashley.

4. Walter Rodlund

Walter lives in Fargo, ND, and most people know him as “Grandpa”. Even at 81 years old, Walter worked in his yard and enjoyed the outdoors.

When Walter had trouble breathing, he discovered he had COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, often leaves a patient in pain and short of breath.

Dealing with pain and blood clots in his lungs, Walter was no longer able to enjoy the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and gardening became impossible for him. It was his daughter that introduced him to CBD hemp oil.

Walter says the CBD helped lower his medication dosage and increase his lung capacity.

He can now enjoy the outdoors again.

5. Beyla Pagano

Born premature, Beyla had a large amount of cerebrospinal fluid built up in her brain. Not only did this cause terrible seizures, but doctors didn’t think Beyla would ever walk or talk.

The prescriptions for Beyla left her in a drowsy and drugged state.

Deciding it was no life for a child, her parents looked for other forms of treatment. They came across medical marijuana and decided to try it.

Immediately after treatment, Beyla showed improvement. She can now walk and talk, and her seizures are less frequent. Her parents continue to administer CBD oil with the hopes Beyla will continue to improve.

6. Vivian Stagg

Vivian was a bus driver at the time she started having seizures. As soon as she realized what was happening, she knew it wasn’t safe to keep driving.

Vivian started taking prescriptions, but they left her emotionally numb and tired.

She was having 12-15 seizures each month when doctors suggested brain surgery as the only form of relief. It was an invasive surgery with no guarantees of success.

Her daughter suggested CBD oil as an alternative to brain surgery. Vivian had nothing to lose.

After a time, she was able to reduce the intensity and frequency of her seizures. She can now manage her seizures when she feels them coming on and travel on her own.

7. Sadie Higuera

Sadie has a rare genetic disorder known as Schinzel Giedion syndrome. Among other symptoms, SGS causes epileptic seizures. She was only three months old when she suffered up to 300 seizures a day.

Doctors prescribed a number of medications for her, many of which caused side effects. These side effects led to even more prescriptions, and Sadie wasn’t even a year old yet.

When told that the only option for Sadie was a drug that would likely end her life, her parents decided to try medical cannabis.

The Higueras say that the CBD oil helps with Sadie’s pain and her seizures.

Once told that she wouldn’t live past age two, Sadie recently celebrated her fifth birthday.

Medicinal Marijuana Stories to Inspire Us

These are only a few of many medical cannabis success stories. Many people claim medical marijuana helps with pain, seizures, and other complications or diseases.

Hopefully, these medicinal marijuana stories inspired you.

If you’re interested in finding a medical marijuana doctor, contact us and book an appointment. We have locations in Tampa and Hudson, FL.

Medicinal marijuana has been improving the lives of patients around the world for years. Check these inspiring medicinal marijuana stories to see for yourself.

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Green Goods Minnesota Stories

A place for medical marijuana patients, families and staff to share their experiences.

Helping Vets Battle Pain without Opioids by Amy W.

Roughly one in 10 veterans in the United States live with severe, chronic pain and I happen to be one of them. In the 14 years that I’ve lived with this issue, I have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying different treatments. Medical cannabis is one of the most effective treatments I found for veterans suffering with chronic pain or other conditions PTSD.

I could have taken opioids — and my diagnosis came when opioids were prescribed like candy — but I refused. Early in my pain journey, I attended the funeral for a beautiful, vibrant woman with chronic pain who died in her sleep from an accidental prescription drug overdose. Her teenage daughter became an orphan.

I know that even if opioids reduce pain, they bring a gamut of side effects. Additionally, many veterans with severe chronic pain also have PTSD. A young man with whom I served in Iraq was prescribed OxyContin, Morphine and other pharmaceutical pain killers to deal with his pain, and we discussed complementary and alternative medicine options to add to the mix in an effort to alleviate his desperate struggle. The fight got to be too much for him and sadly he took his own life in 2015. Pain may not be visible, but it can be fatal. More>>>

My Road to Recovery, by Jody Taylor-Haye

I strongly believe that medical cannabis has given me a new lease on life.

I am a mother of 3 from Lake Elmo and also have 4 nieces. I have been on a long, painful road to recovery. Because of degenerative spinal disc disease, I have been on a variety of opioid and other pain medications for 14 years. As a result, I suffered from severe side effects, including liver damage and severe digestive problems.

Following a debilitating broken back injury in 2014, I developed allergies to several conventional pain medications, causing large hives that made my eyes swell shut. With nothing left to manage my severe pain, I was stuck lying on my couch in misery.

At a friend’s suggestion, I decided to try cannabis-based medicines. Since starting on Green Goods Minnesota medicines in May 2016, my pain level has reduced from a debilitating “10” on the 1-to-10 pain scale to a manageable “2 or 3.” My list of medicines has gone from 18 to 6, and best of all, I have reduced the number of addictive, dangerous opioids to zero. More>>>

Living with Multiple Sclerosis, by Tracie A

As a retired 52-year-old sergeant of the St. Paul Police Department, I had a career that was very rewarding, yet physically demanding at the same time. With a diagnosis of Scoliosis at the age of 12 and Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, my disabling symptoms eventually forced me into an early retirement.

Since retiring in 2011, I moved into our lake home and started a hobby/semi-business creating handmade leather accessories. My diagnosis has made it very difficult to walk up and down stairs. My husband and I have set up our home so that everything, but the bedrooms, is on the main level. Eventually, we will need to build an elevator, and soon my husband, who works out of town, will need to move to our lake home fulltime because it will not be safe for me to live alone. More>>>

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), by Jean

I first experienced excruciating pain at the age of 7. As a teenager, my knees were dislocating, I had muscle spasms and sleepless nights. I remained active until I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). After finally finding my way to medical cannabis, I feel better than I have in decades.

After using Green Goods Minnesota medications for only a few weeks, my walker and cane are gone. My muscle spasms and pain are manageable. Since starting medical cannabis I’ve been able to greatly decrease my medications including the use of a Dilaudid intrathecal pump. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I do not need all of the medications that have been prescribed to me. Many people who suffer from chronic progressive pain syndrome have “exit plans”. Even my exit plan for medically assisted euthanasia has thankfully been substituted with a new lease on life and hope for an improved quality of life. More>>>

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