of Cannabis users are reducing prescription medication use
report using Cannabis to ease anxiety
use Cannabis to manage chronic pain
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Dr. Miyabe Shields, PhD
Director of Education (C3RN)Medical Patient
Cannabis has saved my life more than once. It was my first medicine and eventually I found that it’s the only psychiatric medicine I can tolerate.
I have a severe anxiety disorder. I’ve seen many, many, many specialists, each with their own different diagnosis for my brain. I’ve been diagnosed with almost every mental health disorder. As of a 2018 neuropsychiatric assessment, there is still no conclusive diagnosis for my specific type of brain atypicality. The symptoms I still struggle with daily are general anxiety, social anxiety, mania and depression, difficulty with attention/concentration, impulse control, insomnia, sensory hypersensitivity, and chronic pain.
I’ve tried quite a few pharmaceutical drugs to manage my symptoms, but the side effects I experienced were horrible. I could not tolerate them. Cannabis is the only thing that allows me to function, as myself, without any significant negative side effects. I knew when I received my first medical card in CA in 2010 that the purpose of my life was to scientifically explain this.
I am a trained research scientist; my PhD is in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I chose to study the Endocannabinoid System, because I needed to understand how and why Cannabis works so well for me. I have a spontaneous/plastic/hyperactive brain – it’s both the best and worst thing about me – and Cannabis decreases the “background noise” in my brain that causes most of the symptoms above. I hope to continue to use my knowledge to empower other Cannabis users and de-stigmatize Cannabis as a medicine, because, really, for me it’s nothing short of a miracle drug.
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Quality of life is a phrase often used in the cannabis industry and something a lot of folks take for granted. I urge the community to think about this when they question the efficacy of cannabis as a medicine. I believe that quality of life is important for everyone, especially for those who have limited or even no other treatment options for their medical condition(s).
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsy (HNPP). HNPP is a nerve disorder that affects the peripheral nerves, and pressure on the nerves can cause tingling sensations, numbness, pain, weakness, muscle atrophy, and even paralyzation of affected area. Without cannabis, I experience chronic pain and fatigue on a daily basis.
When I received my diagnosis, I learned the disease was so rare that there is no treatment available.Cannabis has so many medicinal qualities; it not only helps me with chronic pain and numbness but also supports my mental health. Like so many others, I am passionate about a plant that allows me to have a better quality of life.