Patient: Majli Escobar
Condition/Illness: Sprained neck and lower back, gastrointestinal problems, herniated discs, anxiety and depression
Using medical cannabis since: 2009
I started using MMJ because it minimizes the amount of pain killers and muscle relaxers that I’m usually supposed to take. My doctor’s prescribed daily dose is four hydrocodone/Norco, four tizanidine, one Norflex and one omeperazole, along with on Xanax and other psych meds.
DID YOU TRY OTHER METHODS OR TREATMENTS BEFORE MARIJUANA?
I have tried treating my extreme anxiety with relaxation therapy upon request from my psychiatrist. I was also given numerous physical therapy and chiropractic sessions, which only took the edge off for the time being.
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OR PROBLEM FACING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS?
The biggest issue we can face as MMJ patients is that somehow, even in the 21st century, we are still frowned upon for choosing to medicate naturally.
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO FOLKS WHO ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE?
All I can say to those that are skeptical about using MMJ as a form of medication is, “Don’t knock it till you try it!”
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