I strongly believe that medical cannabis has given me a new lease on life.
I am a mother of 3 from Lake Elmo and also have 4 nieces. I have been on a long, painful road to recovery. Because of degenerative spinal disc disease, I have been on a variety of opioid and other pain medications for 14 years. As a result, I suffered from severe side effects, including liver damage and severe digestive problems.
Following a debilitating broken back injury in 2014, I developed allergies to several conventional pain medications, causing large hives that made my eyes swell shut. With nothing left to manage my severe pain, I was stuck lying on my couch in misery.
At a friend’s suggestion, I decided to try cannabis-based medicines. Since starting on MinnMed medicines in May 2016, my pain level has reduced from a debilitating “10” on the 1-to-10 pain scale to a manageable “2 or 3.” My list of medicines has gone from 18 to 6, and best of all, I have reduced the number of addictive, dangerous opioids to zero.
Beyond pain relief, I have felt several various improvements related to swelling, muscle spasms, mental health, weight control and my digestive health. I have also reduced the number of hefty health insurance co-payments that I had been paying for a long list of medicines that caused more harm than good.
Medical cannabis is a cheaper, less addictive and healthier way to get pain relief, period.
I don’t get a “high” feeling when taking my cannabis-based capsules. It is enough to relax me and alleviate my pain. That’s it. In the relatively rare occasion that I use a vaporizer instead of capsules, there is “a small high” that doesn’t last very long.
In the beginning I was worried that the whole process of getting certified to try medical cannabis would be a big mess. However, I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find that the State certification process only took a couple of days and that the law now allowed me to get medical relief legally with a reputable product that is tested by third parties for safety.
I believe that having to use cannabis illegally would be less safe, less effective and more anxiety-inducing. When I got my state license, I realized I finally had a legal way to get pain relief and my anxiety was out the door.
After becoming certified, I worked with my physician and the MinnMed staff to develop a customized plan that fit my unique and complex situation. My treatment started with MinnMed Yellow capsules, but found that formulation didn’t provide adequate pain relief. I now take one MinnMed Red capsule in the morning, and one in the evening, and have experienced great results. On the rare occasion that I need fast relief from severe muscle spasms, I use a MinnMed Red vaporizer.
My side effects from cannabis are so minimal, and I am so much happier. One day my husband literally told me, “you are so much better now, this is how you used to be when you were in college.”