Mia Jane – Profiles in Courage

Patient name: Mia Jane

Age: 30

Condition/Illness: IBS/Anxiety/Depression

Using Medical Cannabis Since: I have been using medical cannabis since around the time I moved to Denver in 2010.

Why did you start using cannabis? Before coming to Colorado, I was very sick. Being so ill, I was unable to hold down a job, or take care of myself. After years of invasive tests, unsuccessful medical advice and growing frustration with my current doctors, I knew I had to seek out something besides pills and the current therapeutic options for my conditions. When I moved to Colorado, I was searching for another way to get better and actually feel better. I adopted a healthier lifestyle, but incorporating cannabis into my self-care regimen was something that made the most noticeable difference.

Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?

I was prescribed an alarming amount of medications from the time my depression and anxiety began in my teens to my early 20s, when my stomach problems really developed. Being put on numerous cocktails of Rx medications with intense and scary side effects that sometimes were worse than the symptoms was a life I didn’t want to live. I knew I had to find other options, and now I’m happy to say I’m seven years prescription-free.

What’s the most important issue or problem facing medical cannabis patients?

That’s a tough one—there are a lot of important things going on in our government and our community that we need to be aware of as cannabis patients. The one that sticks out the most to me right now is the home grow caps being enforced, and the people who are suffering because of it.

What do you say to folks that are skeptical about cannabis as medicine?

People who are still skeptical about this plant’s medicinal qualities need only look to what’s happening here in Colorado. There are people’s lives being changed. Families are moving here with children that are sick beyond hope, and they are finding relief with this plant. People with illnesses of all kinds from PTSD to Parkinson’s disease are finding relief with this medicine.

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