Roger, 52

Rick Simpson Oil
RSO

Five years ago, Roger had to leave his job as an inter provincial auto technician.  His hip was giving out and causing him a great deal of pain.  He had an unsuccessful hip surgery on one side and it impacted the other side from compensating for the weaker hip.  He had to wait 3 1/2 years for surgery.  Residing in New Brunswick, doctor wait lists and surgical wait times can be lengthy as is often the case in Eastern Canada.

July 2016, Roger had been involved in a dog attack resulting in severe right shoulder damage and nerve damage in his neck.  He is currently waiting on MRI results.

Prior to that, Roger had been involved in a motocross racing accident as a teenager that ended up crushing the bottom vertebrae in his lower spine.  Doctors told him that he could expect to be in a wheelchair by age 40.

“I’m a tough frenchman” Roger chuckles.

Roger managed his pain symptoms with a number of opiates and anxiety medications, “I can’t remember all the names, but they put me on SSRI’s…” he tells me he felt suicidal.  “I wanted to blow my brains out.  So for that reason, I turned to cannabis.”

“I can’t lie, since I’ve been young, I’ve preferred smoking cannabis over drinking but it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I started reading about the properties of cannabis and the pain management possibilities.”  Roger’s father had just passed away from cancer.  “Three months from diagnosis to death.”  Roger spent every day he could with him vowing to find an answer.  He discovered cannabis oils in regards to cancer treatment .  The results exceeded his expectations in regards to pain relief.  “I didn’t think ingesting oil would work as well as it did.  The first time I ran out, within 3 months my hip and back were both really bad.  However, within a few weeks of ingesting oil, I was able to do things again without a lot of hindrance.”  Sometimes not even noticing the relief he was getting until he was doing things he couldn’t do previously.

Roger now grows his own medicine.  He blends his own oils and makes cookies and infuses foods with it.  He prefers indica for the relaxed state of mind it gives him.  It also helps him sleep and relieves his anxiety, overall giving him a better quality of life.

Homegrown Medical Cannabis
Medical Cannabis

Now Roger focuses his talents and knowledge on developing a high THC high CBD strain to help people who need it.  It’s important to note, he doesn’t charge anyone.  “I’m not a rich man but I am a man of values and helping the sick is high on my list of priorities.”

“I’ve developed a strain that produces roughly 25% THC and 10% CBD.  It’s my go to strain for pain.”  Roger makes oil with this strain, which he calls Sheeba.  He says he has given it to 3 different people who were diagnosed with cancer.  “The best result was a brain tumor that shrunk by 75% within 3 months.  The doctor claimed the chemo pills were working, when in actuality, the patient never took them and only consumed the  cannabis oil.  He was given 3 months to live… 2 years ago.”

Homegrown Sheeba
Roger’s Sheeba

Roger does not use opiates or prescription anxiety medication anymore.

I asked Roger if he had any advice for people looking in to medical cannabis.  His answer, “Don’t look back.”

When asked about the impending Legalization, Roger said it’s a sticky situation.

“Its not going to be legalization so much as a monopoly run by a very organized cartel.  I agree with recreational use, but we cant combine medical and recreational, they are (altogether) different.”

He adds, (From a Facebook post)

“There are people that have had serious issues with pain management and a few other medical issues that have made them make the decision to either use opiates, or anxiety medication, what have you, (then they) try cannabis to control it.  I’m one of them.  After years of using pharmaceutical medications, I decided to try to help my body by going natural, and for me it works by ingesting the oil.  Then there are people trying to ride the medical train to just get high for recreation, don’t get me wrong, I get it, but it is wrong to flog the system.  To be fair about it why can’t people wait for the recreational to be legal?  It’s not like those people would do anything different anyway, so go get your weed and smoke it like you always have.  It makes me wonder about the dispensary doctors giving medical cards to anyone that has a $100, without medical documentation regarding their health problems.   All it takes is word of mouth to get one (prescription), if nothing else, I have had 3 doctors, not from a dispensary look at my medical conditions, looked at the years of opiates and other medications that haven’t worked and agreed, it is worth trying because of the long term issues I have and will have for the rest of my life, leaving me unable to walk for more than a couple of hours a day and limited use of my arms which is very trying at times.  For those of you who don’t know, I was supposed to be in a wheelchair by age 40, but I’ve battled adversity for a long time.  Being 52 now going on 53, things are getting very noticeable now compared to 10 years ago when I was very able.  Have I been around the “demon weed” most of my life?  Yep.. Did I use it for recreation?  Yep.  Did I enjoy it?  Yep.   But when I started ingesting cannabis oil for pain, I realized something I didn’t know, recreation and medical ARE two different things, and as of late I am seeing the differences between the two, so smoke your little smoke, drink your little drink, but leave my medicine alone.  Many say all use is medicinal, but I beg to differ.

 

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Images/ Further Reading

RSO oil image  http://www.kindconcentrates.com/our-products/rick-simpson-oil/

How cannabis oil is changing lives of cancer patients https://www.leafly.ca/news/health/a-drop-at-a-time-how-cannabis-oil-is-changing-lives-of-cancer-pat

Everything you need to know about Rick Simpson oil https://merryjane.com/culture/everything-you-need-to-know-about-rick-simpson-oil

How to make Rick Simpson Oil, Natural cure for cancer https://www.medicaljane.com/2013/01/26/rick-simpsons-hemp-oil-medicine-natural-cure-for-cancer-using-concentrated-cannabis-oil/#how-to-make-rick-simpson-oil

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) Learn about Rick Simpson and how to make RSO https://www.medicaljane.com/2013/01/26/rick-simpsons-hemp-oil-medicine-natural-cure-for-cancer-using-concentrated-cannabis-oil/#how-to-make-rick-simpson-oil

 

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Jeremy, 35

Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety Depressive Disorder

Jeremy found himself sitting in a cold bleak room in a mental health unit for 14 hours.  The room in itself was depressing.  There were missing chips of paint on the walls, no baseboards and the only thing in the room being a rusty old stretcher.  His stay in the hospital ended up lasting 3 days.  “3 of the longest days of my life.”  He says.

“I always knew I was different but I really noticed changes by age 28.”  Jeremy tells me.  It was about three years ago when he first went to the doctor because his boss noticed something wasn’t right with him.  Jeremy, a chef by trade, would go from happy and upbeat to severely depressed and withdrawn a couple of days later.

He was prescribed Effexor but finding the right dosage when beginning anti depressants is an adjustment period.  He tried different dosages and was referred to a psychiatrist.  Although the medication was beginning to work, he was still experiencing bouts of severe anxiety socially and at work.  He began researching cannabis and its effects on depression and anxiety.  That’s when he spoke to his family doctor about medical cannabis.

“She was very supportive of it.” Jeremy adds.  For the last 4 months he has been using cannabis to combat the anxiety and depression.  Successfully.  He visited a local dispensary in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  They were able to recommend a few sativa dominant strains for him to try.  His current favorite is Sunkiss.  A creeping sativa blend with an orange aromatic that’s good for functional pain relief as well as stress reduction; good for mood enhancement, depression and PTSD.  He smokes cannabis currently but is very interested in trying oils.

Sunkiss Sativa
Sunkiss

“It levels me out.  I feel good and my head doesn’t feel like it’s going to spin off my shoulders.”  Jeremy reveals.  He feels much more positive than he did before.  He feels increasingly  confident in his cooking skills, and he tells me he can concentrate and focus more on creating his dishes.

I asked Jeremy what he thought of the impending Legalization.  “I think it’s great because we are pushed to take so many pills these days, if i can find a natural way, I’m going to choose it.”  Jeremy says he prefers going to a dispensary because it allows him to see the product, smell it and ask questions.  “We need a better education program in place to end the stigmas attached to marijuana.” He adds.

Jeremy also wants to remind people to not be afraid to ask for help from family and friends if you need it.  “As hard as it is to ask for help, I’m glad I did.”

If you or someone close to you is using cannabis to treat illness/injury or pain, I’d love to hear from you and share your story.

Sam

 

Images

Depression Anxiety  https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2016/03/four-reasons-why-anxiety-and-depression-can-occur-together/

Sunkiss bud  https://swamis420.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/sunkiss-sativa-strain-review/

Tina, 48

CPRS

Tina was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS).  Pain resulting from 7 car accidents since 1999.  She has permanent nerve damage and limited use of her right arm.  A former employer from one of the National banks, Tina suffers from several sources of pain.  Fibromyalgia, Spinal Stenosis, bursitis in her shoulder,  sciatic nerve pain, herniated discs, and bone spurs.

Some of the medications she was prescribed resulted in permanent kidney damage.  She’s had a couple of surgeries for kidney stones.  After the last surgery in 2012, she sought out alternative medications when she had little to no appetite after being diagnosed with cataracts caused from steroid medication, and from high doses of Morphine in addition to drugs like Percocets, anti inflammatories, Lyrica, Gabapentin, muscle relaxers and even Oxycontin for a while.  She was up to 28 pills a day.

All I did was wake up to take medication then fall right back asleep.”  Tina tells me all she did was sleep.  It affected her relationships, especially with her children.  “My daughter called me a pill junkie when I was simply taking what the doctor prescribed, as it was prescribed.  I didn’t abuse my medications.”

She went cold turkey off of everything.  This is dangerous to do and I strongly urge you to see your doctor before making any drastic changes to your medications.  There can be deadly side effects, like seizures and even death.  Tina was supposed to be hospitalized and monitored closely as she withdrew from all the pharmaceuticals.  She chose to stay at home having someone with her monitor her withdrawl.

She has since begun growing her own medicine.  She uses the whole plant making everything from canna oil, to topical creams and bath bombs infused with cannabis.  She consumes her cannabis capsules throughout the day and then supplements with edibles, shatter and smoking some of her favorite strains.  She sticks to Sativa strains during the day and Indica for the evening.  Her favorites are strains like Holy Grail, Kalashnikova, Lemon OG, Ghost OG and Hawaiian Hash Plant.  “I strive to ingest about 1800 mg a day.”  Tina tells me that she begins her day with capsules, has an edible or 2 at lunchtime, a couple more capsules and has a joint before bed.  She takes her oil caps every 5-6 hours.  She ensures almost everything she eats contains cannabis, even in beverages, like hot chocolate.  If she needs to, she’ll supplement with some shatter but she admits, shatter lasts her a long time.  She has even experimented with micro-dosing psilocybin, the key component of “magic” mushrooms which has proven to have marvelous effects on pain and well-being.  She’s lost over 140 lbs since going off of all the prescription medications.

Made with cannabis 

Tina is severely physically disabled now.  She uses aids to walk and dress.  She received a wheelchair this past June with funding due to severe nerve issues in her right leg.  However, much of her medical costs are out of pocket for Tina as her employer cancelled her disability back in 2009.  She has had a lawyer for the last seven years to overturn the decision and is currently awaiting her next court date in July 2018.  She also suffered a major house fire destroying all her medicine and her home.  She has since encountered problems with renewing her medical license due to a lack of a permanent address.  She perseveres.

Tina insists cannabis has improved her life drastically.  She’s not as tired and it helps manage her pain levels and improve her mood.  Even her relationships with friends and family, in particular, her children, have improved.  “I can walk and do things and have a routine.  I can carry on conversations.  I have more of a normal life now.”

On the impending Legalization Tina has concerns.  “They haven’t even got the medical side of it right yet.”  She is also unsupportive of cannabis being sold only at retail locations under the strict Liquor store model.  “Cannabis should be seen as medicine and treated as such.”  Like many pain patients, Tina resents being clumped in with the recreational users and terms like pothead because so many of us are simply trying to manage physical pain.
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Images

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome  http://www.medicalexhibits.com

Cannabis Oil Capsules (including guide)  https://herb.co/2016/02/01/step-step-guide-making-cannabis-pills/

Cannabis infused bath bombs  https://www.leafly.com/news/pop-culture/high-diy-cannabis-bath-bombs

Cannabis infused lotions and salves  https://www.leafly.com/news/pop-culture/high-diy-cannabis-bath-bombs

Cannabis edibles  https://www.massroots.com/learn/how-to-prepare-for-a-cannabis-infused-meal/

Cannabis hot chocolate (including recipe)  https://www.copymethat.com/r/Ro2Pt3R/how-to-make-cannabis-infused-hot-chocola/

 

Cindy, 46

PTSD300 pills and a bottle of wine.

Cindy thought it was the end.

A history of horrifying trauma – bullying, molestation, spousal abuse, rape, car accidents that led to physical disability – led to a diagnosis of severe domestic PTSD.

Cindy says that because of the mental and physical issues, she was prescribed a cocktail of drugs: Nabilone & Flexeril for pain. Ativan & Clonazepam for anxiety. Seroquel & Mirtazipine to allow her a chance at sleeping. Zoloft & Wellbutrin for depression.  A cocktail ingested for twenty years.  A recipe for “zombie-fication”.  Sleeping twelve hours a day, on average.

I hated life, I hated myself.  I hated waking up.  Every day I woke up I was disappointed.  Every day I would wake up, quickly run to pee and then get back into bed and pray for sleep to take me again.  I really did truly hate being awake, my dream life was so much better.”

Everything came to a head on February 3, 2015.

I came very close to ending my life.  Shit happened that triggered my worst ever panic attack, I was bullied and beat with words by 4 people at the same time, over Facebook, and I was at a point of my life that I just couldn’t fight anymore.  I was done.

So, I sent one of my best friends a text telling her this.  I told her how horribly depressed I was, how full of panic I was.  I told her I had 2 bottles of wine and 300 Clonazepam in my purse and was headed out for a drive to unknown places.  I said I couldn’t deal anymore, I didn’t know how.  I was done.  Lucky for me, she wasn’t going to take that as my answer to life.  A chain of phone calls & texts started, that ended up landing me in the hospital later that evening before any wine or pills were consumed.”

A medical cannabis prescription proved to be a catalyst for change.

My doctor gave me my medical cannabis prescription and I was off.  I started to learn everything I could, best ways to medicate and treat different ailments.  I truly discovered coconut oil/cannabis medication and edibles and my life began to change.”

She discovered that strains like Sour OG aided in the relief of panic attacks and anxiety.  Skywalker OG aided in relief of physical pain.  “For the mental part of my disability, I prefer to vape or smoke, (it’s more immediate) but for pain I find ingesting a variety of oils and edibles are more effective and long lasting.”

Cannabis Brownie

Slowly but surely, the cocktail of pills and medications was whittled down – but it wasn’t easy.

“I’m not going to lie, withdrawal is HARD.  Killer hard by times, but cannabis truly helps with that.  Makes it tolerable, and each day gets easier.  It took me 3 months and 15 days from start to finish to kick eight prescription medications, with the help of cannabis and EMDR therapy lead by my psych.”

Cindy’s journey with cannabis allowed her to go from 12 hours a day spent sleeping, to becoming an activist – starting with Grannies for Grass.

Grannies was started in 2010 by Donna Dassault and her son & his wife, Michael & Diane-Marie Jensen.  They made hemp jewelry and sold it at local farmers markets.  Eventually their little booth would be sought out by the seniors, who would gather to share stories and canna recipes.  Since then, Grannies has grown to be an amazing teaching and learning tool for many folks, and we have expanded to a few countries now.  We continue to grow, learn and educate the best we can.”

The passion for cannabis and cannabis education also led to an employment opportunity with a high-end dispensary in Nova Scotia.

A five month journey, with the help of cannabis, led to a new life.

If You are someone you know are thinking of suicide, you can contact the Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis telephone line 

For support call 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are using cannabis to treat pain or illness, please contact me through the Comments section or Contact Tab.

Sam

 

Images/Further Reading

Cannabis brownie/ Edibles: A Beginner’s Guide  https://www.leafscience.com/2017/08/28/marijuana-edibles-a-beginners-guide/

PTSD / Self Assessment Form  https://ohsinsider.com/compliance-centres/psychological-safety/ptsd-self-assessment-form