Patients' Voices

Videos about Patients using Medical Marijuana for various health conditions.
 

We feature a new video from the patient perspective every Friday in this Patients' Voices section and near the top of the home page of Marijuana.Ca. There are many different videos below that show the wide range of conditions where people use this medicine.
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Ian Frizell & Parkinson's

This video demonstrates the effect that marijuana/cannabis has upon my Parkinson's Disease tremor. MPs in the UK are backing a call to legalise it for medical use.

Managing Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms With Medical Marijuana

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that is caused by destruction of dopaminergic neurons (i.e. cells of the nervous system that make and release dopamine, a signalling molecule) in the substantia nigra (SN), an area of the brain involved in regulating movement. Patients with Parkinson’s Disease experience tremors, slowed movement, muscle stiffness, balance issues, sleep disturbance, and more. Parkinson’s Disease is a debilitating disease with no cure, although there are treatment options available. For patients with PD with difficult-to-control symptoms, or for those who are experiencing severe negative side effects from standard therapy, cannabinoid medicine may provide necessary relief in some instances.

In a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in September 2014 found that treatment with 300 mg/day of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, without dementia or comorbid psychiatric conditions (i.e. those occurring at the same time as the primary disease), increased well-being and quality of life compared to patients who had received the placebo (an inactive treatment used to attempt to control for “expectancy effects”). However, there was no improvement in measures of motor (i.e. movement) and general symptoms, and no evidence for possible neuroprotective effects, and the sample size was small, with only 21 participants split into 3 groups (placebo, 75 mg/day CBD, and 300 mg/day CBD). In spite of the lack of significance in certain measures and the small sample size, these results are impressive, especially given that the increase in well-being and quality of life resulted from use of a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. 
More @ Medical Jane


Brain Injury Survivor

Retired Police Office Brian Keyner speaks about Medical Marijuana at United Patients Group

My name is Brian James Keyner, and I am a brain-injury survivor. My life was changed forever on November 22, 2008. I was a police officer in foot pursuit of a suspect when I was struck by a car. I was in a coma for 15 days, in In-patient Rehabilitation for 4 months and Out-patient Rehabilitation off and on for 5 years. Against my wishes I had to retire as a police officer, was divorced from my wife at the time, had to learn how to walk, speak and drive again all as a 30 yr. old adult. I was on several medications from antidepressants, pain medication, mood disorder medications, antispasmodics, and insomnia medications. Even though I believe the accident changed many aspects my life for the better, I had remarried a wonderful wife and had beautiful children, my life and marriage was rocky due to my frustrations and recovery from suffering a traumatic brain injury. I was full of anger, frustration and lived with physical pain on a daily basis. The medication prescribed to me did not seem to be helping. Medical Cannabis helped me improve areas of my life that the medication was unable to accomplish. Through determination and the use of Medical Cannabis, improvement soon followed. I was eventually able stop taking my pain medications then depression and mood disorder medications and given the ability to focus on my family and life again. My marriage is mending as I was given back a sense of control of who I am and who I want to become. I am LIVING PROOF that Medical Cannabis has great benefits both physically, mentally and emotionally. I want to share my journey and use of cannabis in hope that it inspires and gives hope to other brain injury survivors and their family members.
United Patients Group


Nadine de Raad has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis 

She says medical marijuana is the most effective pain relief medicine with minimal side effects.


How Cannabis Helps Lupus


Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body can’t tell the difference between viruses, germs and bacteria and your body’s own healthy tissue. This leads to your immune system creating antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, pain and damage to body parts. Lupus is characterized by flares, where symptoms worsen, and remissions, when symptoms improve. Unlike HIV or AIDS, where the immune system is under-active, the immune system is overactive in lupus

Between 1.5 and 2 million Americans live with lupus, and most are women between the age of 15-45. The most severe cases of lupus are found in Asians and African-Americans. The most common type of lupus is system lupus erythematosus, which attacks several body organs. Drug-induced lupus is caused by using one of over 400 legal prescription drugs. Other types of lupus include cutaneous lupus, which mainly attacks skin and forms a butterfly-shaped rash across the nose, lupus nephritis, which attacks the kidneys, and neonatal lupus, which occurs in babies born to mothers with lupus.

Pain and inflammation are two major symptoms of lupus, and cannabis helps relieve both, without nasty side effects that prescription medications have. Cannabis increases levels of anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-10 and decreases the levels of pro-inflammatory protein interleukin-2. Cannabis has also been shown to suppress the immune system by activating myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MDSCs may help dampen the hyperactive immune system found in lupus.

 Cannabis also helps treat symptoms of nausea and abdominal cramping that are often severe side effects of commonly prescribed drug for lupus, such as Plaquenil and corticosteroids.
More @ United Patients Group


Medical Marijuana & Chemotherapy  

Jim is a cancer survivor who used medical cannabis to combat the side effects of chemo therapy. Jim is also an ex-police officer and understands the importance of passing a medical marijuana bill in the state of Illinois.

Marijuana Is a Wonder Drug When It Comes to the Horrors of Chemo

After a successful surgery to remove a cancer-ridden section of Jeff Moroso’s large intestine in the spring of 2013, the oncologist sat down with his patient to prepare him for what would come next: 12 rounds of punishing chemotherapy, once every two weeks for six months—standard practice for the treatment of colon cancer.

 Moroso’s oncologist spent most of that appointment writing prescriptions for medications he said would minimize the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. He gave Moroso scripts for ondansetron (Zofran) and prochlorperazine (Compazine) for nausea, and lorazepam (Ativan) for anxiety and insomnia. Because the nausea drugs are known to cause gastrointestinal problems and headaches, he also recommended three over-the-counter medications for constipation and one for diarrhea, as well as ibuprofen for pain. In total, he instructed Moroso to take more than a dozen prescription and nonprescription drugs and supplements.

“Moroso says the first three rounds of treatment were more awful than he could have ever imagined. After chemotherapy, he felt so ill and weak that he could barely stand up, and it took him days to rebound. And the prescription drugs just made him feel worse. “I felt real sick, incapable of doing anything except for lying there and trying to hang on,” says Moroso, who is 70 and now cancer-free.

 Moroso couldn’t afford to lose days of work while he was doing his chemo. He’d heard from friends and read in the paper that cannabis can help a patient through chemotherapy, so he got a letter from his oncologist that allowed him to obtain medical marijuana. (He chose coffee beans infused with 5 milligrams of cannabis, a low dose that he took when he felt he had to.) By the seventh round of chemotherapy, Moroso had dumped his prescription pills. “I would get blasted on the stuff and be happy as a clam, no problems,” he says.

 A growing number of cancer patients and oncologists view the drug as a viable alternative for managing chemotherapy’s effects, as well as some of the physical and emotional health consequences of cancer, such as bone pain, anxiety and depression. State legislatures are following suit; medical cannabis is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen other states allow some patients access to certain potency levels of the drug if a physician documents that it’s medically necessary, or if the sick person has exhausted other options. A large number of these patients have cancer, and many who gain access to medical marijuana report that it works.
More @ Newsweek


 



 Terminally ill medical marijuana patient speaks out

Linda Horan, a terminally ill woman who successfully sued the state for the right to legally purchase medical marijuana, visited a medical marijuana dispensary with the first New Hampshire state issued identity card.

Court Case:
New Hampshire lawmakers approved the use of marijuana by people suffering from a limited number of diseases and medical conditions more than two years ago, but the first four dispensaries won’t open until next year. Linda Horan, 64, says she might be dead by then and sued the state in hopes of getting an identification card that would allow her to purchase marijuana in Maine instead.

 Lawyers for the state argued that issuing Horan an identification card now would undermine New Hampshire’s need to control distribution, but a judge sided with Horan and ordered the state to process her application and issue a card if it is approved. The state, which has 15 days to approve or deny an application, did not dispute that Horan would be entitled to a card.

 “I’m over the moon. It really hasn’t sunk in,” Horan said. “I’m in tears – tears of joy. Not just for me, but for everyone else who will have the opportunity to get the medicine they need. If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging.”

 Horan, a retired telephone worker and longtime labor activist from Alstead, was diagnosed in July with lung cancer that has grown rapidly since then and spread to her lymph nodes and brain. Her doctors have told her that marijuana could help reduce nausea and minimize the need to use narcotics to control pain.

 “She is suffering from a painful, terminal disease and is also undergoing chemotherapy. There is no dispute that cannabis can ameliorate some of her suffering,” wrote Judge Richard McNamara. “She will suffer irreparable harm if relief is not granted.”
More @ Press Herald




 Worlds Youngest Marijuana Patient - 3 Month Old Infant Now Seizure Free Due To CBD 

Is cannabis be the cure for childhood epilepsy? This little girl might be the proof.

Amylea Nunez is the world's youngest medical marijuana patient. She was born with a rare form of epilepsy that caused up to 15 seizures a day. When standard pharmaceuticals didn't help her mother, Nicole Nunez, from Albuquerque New Mexico, came to Colorado to try and treat her with cannabis.

A high CBD extract called Haleigh's Hope offered the solution. Amylea has been seizure free for over 4 months.  
More @ Alternet


Marla Levy has had Multiple Sclerosis for 18 years 

National MS Society : The question of whether marijuana — produced from the flowering top of the hemp plant, cannabis sativa — should be used for symptom management in multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex one. It is generally agreed that better therapies are needed for distressing symptoms of MS — including pain, tremor and spasticity — that may not be sufficiently relieved by available treatments. Still, there are uncertainties about the benefits of marijuana relative to its side effects.

The Society supports the rights of people with MS to work with their MS health care providers to access marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with legal regulations in those states where such use has been approved. In addition, the Society supports advancing research to better understand the benefits and potential risks of marijuana and its derivatives as a treatment for MS. 
More @ National MS Society


Rudy Reyes, Burn Victim - Medical Marijuana patient 

When Reyes was first hospitalized with his burns, he suffered near-fatal side effects from the narcotic pain relief drugs doctors were using. He was eventually approved for a program of cannabis treatment by the University of Southern California at San Diego. The medical marijuana proved a smashing success, but Rudy’s decision to grow his own plants prompted federal DEA officials to raid both his home and the medical marijuana dispensers he worked with. Charges against him were dropped, but only after officials determined that prosecuting Reyes, a first responder severely injured in the line of duty, would create “a circus,” according to the San Diego County district attorney. The whole mess prompted Reyes to become involved with California politics at the city and county levels. He urges all cannabis users to educate themselves on the democratic process because “there are certain rights that they can’t take away from us,” he said. Exercise your citizen rights and let your voices be heard on the side of reforming America’s marijuana laws. 
More @ DFW NORML


Medical Marijuana & Epilepsy

Alana Muller talks about her use of medical marijuana for epilepsy, while Dr. Azher Siddiqi explains the conditions for which it can be used.

Alana, who has suffered from Lyme disease and epilepsy for the last 12 years, was tired of taking so many medications to manage both conditions. Two months ago, the New Springville resident tried a last resort: medical marijuana. "I was always in pain. I couldn't focus. I was always tired. I also get migraines," she said. "Since starting medical marijuana I've been able to cut down my seizure medication. Instead of taking six pills a day, I only take three. It (medical marijuana) helps me focus, and alleviates my pain from neuropathy." While Lyme disease is not one of the state-approved conditions for a medical marijuana prescription, epilepsy is on the list. In addition to epilepsy, the state allows medical marijuana to be prescribed for cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies and Huntington's disease.
More @ SiLive


Medical Marijuana & Chemotherapy Treatment

The patient, Kelsey, explains how cannabis made her chemo treatments easier to handle and has some suggestions for those facing chemo.
Via YouTube


Additional Information about Marijuana and Chemotherapy from PubMed:

Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®)

Health Professional Version

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board.

Published online: May 27, 2016.

Created: March 16, 2011.

This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the use of Cannabis and cannabinoids in the treatment of people with cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions.

This summary is reviewed regularly and updated as necessary by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
More @ PubMed


 



Marijuana Oil & Cancer...A Feel Good Story

Stan and Barb Rutner are no strangers to cancer. The married couple, both in their 70s, have run into it before. Barb battled bouts with breast cancer—twice. And about 20 years ago, Stan, a retired dentist with a thriving mini storage business, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "I just thought I had a cold, flu, type thing. That was it . . . I wasn't thinking cancer at all," Stan recalls.

Fortunately, after treating the lymphoma for about six months, it—like Barb's successful battles with breast cancer—became a thing of the past. By 1989, it was a closed chapter. But in 2011, it came back. 

Like before, it struck Stan in the lungs first. Manifesting as a persistent cough, a doctor later revealed cancerous nodes in the lungs that were the real culprits. "Yeah, [my doctor] was really diplomatic. He says, 'You're in deep shit.' Or words to that effect," Stan recalls. "Yeah, he didn't sugar coat it at all," Barb adds. As if that wasn't enough, doctors later discovered that the cancer had metastasized to his brain.

Like before, the Rutners were able to successfully battle—and beat—Stan's cancer. But this time, after going through chemotherapy and radiation, they wanted to find a natural medicine that would improve Stan's quality of life and maybe even prolong it. Medical cannabis did all that and more, surpassing anything they could have hoped for. CULTURE spoke with Stan, Barb, their daughter Corinne and her husband John about this intense and life changing experience with cannabis.
Via YouTube




Prostate cancer patient symptom free after using Cannabis Oil 

"An interview between Wernard Bruining of http://www.mediwiet.nl and a patient who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the interview the patient describes how he used cannabis oil to combat his prostate cancer. For personal reasons, this patient refused surgery and opted for THC-containing cannabis oil instead. The patient has recently been diagnosed cancer free, suggesting cannabis oil actually cured cancer in this case."

Via YouTube

 Research info from PubMed:

The role of cannabinoids in prostate cancer: Basic science perspective and potential clinical applications

Abstract:

Prostate cancer is a global public health problem, and it is the most common cancer in American men and the second cause for cancer-related death. Experimental evidence shows that prostate tissue possesses cannabinoid receptors and their stimulation results in anti-androgenic effects. To review currently relevant findings related to effects of cannabinoid receptors in prostate cancer. PubMed search utilizing the terms “cannabis,” “cannabinoids,” “prostate cancer,” and “cancer pain management,” giving preference to most recent publications was done. Articles identified were screened for their relevance to the field of prostate cancer and interest to both urologist and pain specialists. Prostate cancer cells possess increased expression of both cannabinoid 1 and 2 receptors, and stimulation of these results in decrease in cell viability, increased apoptosis, and decreased androgen receptor expression and prostate-specific antigen excretion. It would be of interest to conduct clinical studies utilizing cannabinoids for patients with metastatic prostate cancer, taking advantage not only of its beneficial effects on prostate cancer but also of their analgesic properties for bone metastatic cancer pain.
More @PubMed
 
 



Melissa Etheridge & Breast Cancer 

My close friends told me that, as an alternative, medical marijuana was a natural way to help with the excruciating side effects of chemo.

It worked. The entire experience changed my life.

In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The chemotherapy that was prescribed was called "dose dense": a harsher, stronger chemo than the usual because I had the benefit of not having to work during the treatment. My close friends told me that, as an alternative, medical marijuana was a natural way to help with the excruciating side effects of chemo. It worked. The entire experience changed my life. It opened my mind to a new way of thinking about my body, my health and the future.

This herb, this weed that is so strong it grows wild by the side of the road, has always been with us. In ancient times it was highly regarded and has even been found in tombs. It has even been put forth from some biblical scholars that Jesus may have used cannabis oil to heal.

People use marijuana for different reasons, and I needed it to get me through tough times. I used it every day during chemo: It gave me an appetite so I was able to eat and keep my strength up. It also helped with the depression, and it eased the gastrointestinal pain.

I have been a medicinal marijuana smoker for nine years now. I find relief from the gastrointestinal effects of the chemo even now. I find it helps with regulating my sleep. I also enjoy it before I watch "Game of Thrones." 

Cannabis Works!




Marijuana Pain Relief: Indica Weed defeats pain from major surgery.

Cannabis Works!

"Vietnam Vet Prez Jeff of The American Cannabis Society (Thank You For Pot Smoking) battles through his second titanium knee surgery and stops pain meds after only four days!!

With an all indica cannabis, this therapeutic scientist shows how marijuana is a superior pain mitigator and shows you how and why."
Via @ YouTube




Marijuana (CBD Hemp Oil) Saves Infants Life - By Erin McDonald

Little Sadie Higuera is a model for what it means to fight for one’s life. She’s a testament for what hope and bravery can accomplish in a moment of utmost desperation and she’s living proof of the efficacy of a little green plant we know as cannabis. She’s a gorgeous child with a beautiful heart and we’d like to share her story with you.

Last year Sadie’s parents, Brian and Damaris, sat before their daughter’s neurologist, heads spinning… Did she really just say that? Is this it? Are we going to lose our little girl? Since the day she was born, doctors and family members knew that Sadie’s life was a fragile one and 3 months after that day, she experienced her first grand mal seizure, but that was just the beginning of a turn for the worse. Soon, she was experiencing upwards of 300 seizures a day, many of which were uncontrollable to the point of her having to be resuscitated. She came under the supervision of 13 specialists, a grocery bag full of trial medications, and yet nothing was working.

As Brian sat before us recalling the moment that he and his wife heard those words uttered from their doctor’s lips that there were no more options for their daughter, it was a darkness that silence could not come close to paralleling, but it was a moment that lasted only a quick second because Brian was not done telling Sadie’s story and Sadie is still here with us today. How?

That day, Sadie’s neurologist had offered her parents a ‘final’ option – a medication that would improve her quality of life and alleviate some of her suffering, but would likely kill her in only two short months. She told Brian he’d be a hero for Sadie, but on the way home from the hospital that day, Brian made a decision that would save his daughter’s life. He had his own idea of how to be a hero for Sadie. Brian Higuera decided to look into medical marijuana.

Brian returned home that day with a tube of hemp-derived CBD oil from another local San Diego-based company called HempMeds and went to his daughter’s side. Damaris had left the house, anxious about the results the medicine would have on her child. “I gave her a dose of the oil and after only 20 minutes, her eyes stopped twitching. 20 minutes later, I gave her another dose and her body stopped twitching. I couldn’t believe it,” said Sadie’s father. Damaris soon returned home, silently darting her eyes across her husband’s face searching for signs about how the trial had gone for their little one.

She walked into the room, took one look at Sadie and grasped her close to heart. “I have my little girl back!” Imagine that for a moment.
more @ CannaEffect.Org




Fastest growing medical marijuana demographic is 55 and older 

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, the number increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million. In California, where medical marijuana is legal, seniors are learning how to fill their prescriptions -- at a pot shop. They want to know the highs and the lows of marijuana use for the aches and pains of growing old, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

Dr. Igor Grant has a rare federal grant to study the potential benefits of pot. "It's certainly true that cannabis and THC have a much better safety profile than the opioid drugs... and are less physiologically addicting. So they're safer. That doesn't mean they're completely safe. ... Nothing is completely safe. There is no panacea here," Grant said.
more @ CBS News




“Cannabis saved my life,” ex-NHL hockey player says. 

Rick Thompson (The Compassion Chronicles) interviews former NHL player Larry DePalma about concussions sustained during his 11-year hockey career, the struggles brain injury has caused, and how cannabis stopped the addictions and suicide attempts. DePalma (played with Minnesota, San Jose and Pittsburgh) says: "Cannabis saved my life." DePalma supports MILegalize, the marijuana legalization effort in Michigan.



Medical marijuana for chronic back pain

Rachel Grimes, 31, is a Portland-based fiber artist who broke her back in a snowboarding accident in 2004. Since then, she's had 19 surgeries and procedures and lives with chronic back pain. She transitioned from nearly 50 prescription painkillers to just one muscle relaxer, natural supplements and cannabis.



Medical Marijuana Stops Seizures in Girl with Severe Epilepsy

"12-year-old "Cyndimae" (11-years-old at the time of this video) suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, known as "Dravet Syndrome." Here her mother, Susan Meehan, administers activated-THC, present in oils extracted from the Cannabis (Marijuana) plant, as an emergency anti-seizure medication. When applied orally between the gums and lower lip, the medication is able to soak directly to her bloodstream through the mucus membranes in her mouth. Which, as you can see, knocks out the seizure in a matter of seconds and with virtually no side effects."
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Post Traumatic Stress and Marijuana

Bill Kutsch of Colorado. Bill is a Vietnam Veteran. What's more, he's a combat Vet. He walked point virtually every day while in the jungle. For many years, Bill couldn’t talk about his military service. In World War 2, soldiers only saw an average of 44 days of combat. In Vietnam, they saw almost 300. Bill went through 200 firefights. In ten of those conflicts, Bill was among 21 soldiers facing two to three thousand Vietcong. Bill lived in the fray. Bill is a good soldier.

Part of Bill’s job was clearing areas that had just been sprayed with Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a defoliant developed and marketed to the Federal Government by Monsanto and DOW. Though our military and the White House at the time knew full well of it’s toxicity and the harm that it would cause to our soldiers and the civilian population, then President John F. Kennedy approved its use.

Everyone who served with Bill suffers from Post Traumatic Stress and the effects of Agent Orange exposure. Neuropathy in their hands and feet, various cancers – not to mention the tragic effects on loved ones – this is the life of our unsung heroes from so long ago...for the last 40 years.

According to his wife, Mary, Bill has never left Vietnam. He’s still there, everyday, fighting the fight of his life. Cannabis gives him the strength and the comfort that he needs to persevere. It’s been his companion for decades. It makes the PTS bearable.



Rheumatoid Arthritis

 
Rachel Janzen describes living with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and the challenge of finding a treatment that will help manage her pain without serious side effects.



Cancer Patient Speaks Out About Medical Marijuana

 
After Joseph Casias was treated for life-threatening sinus cancer, no medicine could ease his pain until his oncologist suggested medical marijuana. Now that Joseph is using medical marijuana his pain is under control and he's able to be a better father, husband. 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: There are many people who are having positive experiences with marijuana as medicine. 
> via YouTube





Julie Falco has had Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years

 
She tried many different pharamaceutical drugs. Before 2004, she wanted to commit suicide. In 2004, she started to eat cannabis in brownie form, 3x a day. Got off all of her pharmaceutical medications. Only taking cannabis,… and as a backup, she uses tylenol or codeine. "This is a medicine, it helps people." - Julie Falco. - Video was filmed in 2008.
> via YouTube

Marijuana.Ca Comment: There are many people who are having positive experiences with marijuana as medicine. 


Dale Sky Jones Chooses Cannabis for her uncontrollable vomiting syndrome
 
She used to vomit uncontrollably for days on ends. Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones shares how she came to discover medical cannabis and how it helps improve her quality of life.

Marijuana.Ca Comment: Marijuana is an incredible plant. 
> via YouTube


Medical Marijuana Used to Treat Violent Raging Autism in Child, Alex Echols.
 
'It's the one medicine we have seen work': Oregon parents use medical marijuana to help severely autistic son Alex Echols has Tuberous Sclerosis, a rare genetic disorder that led to autism and seizures from a young age. Medical marijuana is the only treatment that eased his violent behavior, his parents said.

Marijuana.Ca Comment: This is a profound story. You can see some of the benefits that Alex is experiencing from around the 3;15 minute mark to the end of the video. 
> via YouTube



Alexis Bortel, Nine Year Old Epilepsy Patient, Takes Medical Marijuana Fight to Texas Capitol.
Dean Bortell said he can no longer wait on lawmakers in Austin to act on legalizing medical cannabis for his 9-year-old daughter who suffers from epileptic seizures. "February 4, she had the worst seizure of her life. Paramedics had to come. She stopped breathing," said Dean. The Bortell's planned to move to Colorado after the legislative session in May but have now moved up their departure to next Monday after Alexis' most recent seizure that brought on stroke-like symptoms. Pharmaceuticals failed her and are unable to control Alexis' seizures. So, early next week they will move to a suburb of Denver where medical marijuana is legal so their 9-year-old can begin receiving it.
> via YouTube




Fibromyalgia/PTSD Patient Eases Pain, Finds Peace with Marijuana.
Bunny Hethcox is a 54-year-old mother of two and grandmother of six. A real estate broker for 17 years, Bunny taught her kids drugs were bad. But Bunny also suffers from fibromyalgia, PTSD, depression and anxiety, and one day while driving with her son, she had a bad panic attack and was unable to find her xanax. After pulling over, sweating and shaking, her son pulled a joint from his pocket and said "I think you need this more than I do." It took her a minute to decide whether to yell at him or try it, but once she did, she discovered that cannabis calmed her considerably.
> via YouTube


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