Patient Name: Emily Eason
Location: Denver, CO
Condition/Illness: Anxiety and depression
Using Medical Cannabis Since: 2013
Why did you start using cannabis?
My very first experience with cannabis was when I was 13; It was me and my two childhood friends. Of course, I had no idea at the time that cannabis would become such a important part of my life. Many years went by before I started using it habitually and for medical use.
Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?
Oh yeah, in college, my depression and anxiety got pretty bad to the point I was in the psych ward for about a week. It was there that they put me on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. After being on those for almost a year, I did not feel like myself; I felt numb, like a sad zombie. I lost all passion and creativity, so I slowly weaned off of them and began using cannabis again.
What’s the most important issue or problem facing medical cannabis patients?
I think an issue cannabis patients face is the lack of education regarding the benefits of cannabis. So many people still view cannabis as dangerous or think it causes a lack of ambition. Fortunately, I don’t have any lack of ambition; I just feel simply good. Stress is not a constant weight around my neck; I can handle issues with ease instead of getting overwhelmed.
What would you say to those who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine?
Don’t let fear-mongering affect your opinion on cannabis; it’s legal in [many states] for good reason. It has been studied and tested for all of its benefits, so do your research instead of blindly listening to fear-mongering.