Many medical marijuana programs keep expanding around the U.S and now 29 American states have legalized medical marijuana for the benefit of many individuals. Some people chose it as a first treatment option, others chose cannabis after finding no results with traditional medicine. We also know that plenty of people are testifying to the healing property of medical cannabis to treat a plethora of conditions, and multiple sclerosis is one of these conditions.
Tiffany, who is a patient at one of the leading dispensaries in Washington D.C. Herbal Alternatives Dispensary, discovered in March of 2016 that she had multiple sclerosis, and has been treating her condition with medical cannabis since June of that year. In case you didn’t know, multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. This condition affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., especially young adults from 20 to 40 years old.
The most common early symptoms of the disease are fatigue, tingling, and numbness, problems with balance and coordination, muscle weakness and spasm, vertigo and dizziness. Tiffany’s firsts symptoms started showing up the previous week before she got her diagnose. “The symptoms started the previous Saturday, it was a pins and needles feeling from my feet up to my hips and by Sunday was into my ribs… and I couldn’t feel anything from my ribs down,” Tiffany said.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease, there is no way to find out how the disease will progress and there is no cure for this condition. The only option for the patients is treating the symptoms so that they can live their daily lives normal. It was March 30 when Tiffany received her diagnosis. After this, she did some researches and found out that medical marijuana could help patients with multiple sclerosis, so she knew how she already had a way treat it.
The deciding fact for her was spasticity, a muscle tension that makes the muscles become rigid and when this happens, the muscles range of motion decreases what makes any moment with these muscles painful. A pain that Tiffany said it was like “It feels like you’re walking through quicksand with 50 pounds ankle-weights on your feet”.
During all this, Tiffany’s friend said she should try marijuana and offered her a joint. “I had to go outside to smoke the joint, so it took me about 20-30 minutes to get downstairs on a walker, and I came outside, smoked the joint, and I came inside without my walker”, and that’s was the moment that she knew marijuana worked for her.
At the time Tiffany received her diagnose, she was at school attending a class for about 2 to 3 months. Her teacher was aware of her condition, and with her consent, Tiffany decided to take a sabbatical to take care of her health. In June 2016, Tiffany received her medical cannabis card, she was not only able to complete her classes, but she also got an A!
Tiffany is one of the thousands of people who get help from medical cannabis every day. If you know a friend with multiple sclerosis, or if you have this condition and want to know how to get your medical marijuana card, Veriheal can link you with physicians that can approve you to get your card. To keep updated about other patient’s testimony and news about marijuana, visit VerihealTV.