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Linda Krystal Lopez

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Name: Linda Krystal Lopez

Age: 26

Condition or illness: Cervical Cancer, Epilepsy, Severe Anxiety

Why did you start using medical cannabis?

I started using medical cannabis in early 2013, when I was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. Later that year, I was diagnosed with late onset epilepsy due to the stress on my body. The epilepsy caused several chronic issues such as insomnia, depression and neuropathy. I was wheelchair- and walker-bound for quite a while. The prescription pills were also causing more harm than good. I decided to go on a strict diet and made sure to consume as much CBD based products as possible as well as smoke to relieve the pain, stress and regain my appetite. I went into full remission in September 2014; however, I use CBD daily still, to prevent any further cancer. Now, I am able to do all the things I was able to do before my illnesses set in.

Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?

For the cancer, chemo and radiation were offered to me as well as a full hysterectomy. I immediately declined. I tried some of the basic medications given to epileptic patients, but they were causing neuropathy and pulling my appetite. I lost about 20 pounds in only a matter of months. If it weren’t for this holistic form of healing, I don’t know where I’d be health wise, but I am not sure it would have been pleasant for me.

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

IMG_0042I think the biggest issue would be the accessibility and lack of knowledge. General physicians and specialists seem to not give proper information or for the most part not even advocate this safe and effective way of healing. I’ve personally experienced a doctor telling a family member of mine that medical marijuana and CBD is only for nausea. I think patients should always be given options and different forms of help.

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

I’d say to do some proper research. Talk to advocates, speak to survivors. Research the proven medical benefits. Be open minded. Don’t just dismiss something you know nothing about. Meet patients going holistic and hear the positive responses. If we all become open-minded, we can make a change and save or improve some lives. Being a survivor and being able to help is a blessing and I will continue to advocate and share my story!

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Many people find themselves in the CBD industry, because they’re looking to make a ton of cash. However, others find their way to the industry through experiences of miraculous healing. Sheri Yanez is the latter. As the owner of CBD company, Rose Botanicals, Inc., Yanez is changing lives by providing people with CBD. She is also living proof of how CBD has been the most effective treatment option for her ulcerative colitis (UC), which is a common disease that causes inflammation in the large intestine. Yanez opened up to CULTURE about her incredible journey of true healing with CBD.

 

When did you start using medical cannabis?

I started taking medical cannabis about six years ago when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I had no idea what was going on with me, or what my future would be like, and I was terrified.

 

Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?

I did. I was prescribed several harsh medications by my doctor, including chemotherapy. The side effects of these medications were horrible. I didn’t know which was worse, the side effects or the disease itself. During my time on these medications I never truly felt well. Besides the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, I also began losing my hair; I was weak. I was so nauseous some days I couldn’t get off the floor or take care of my child. I had several week-long hospital stays, which took me away from my family.

“Cannabis saved my life. It gave me the quality of life back that I had before I got sick.”

 

Are your doctors supportive of you using cannabis as a treatment?

They were not. I told my doctor that I could no longer tolerate living with the side effects of his treatment plan and that I was going to stop all medication and only take CBD. He said there was no way he could support that. Three months later I scheduled a full exam, and the doctor was stunned by my results and said everything looked so good, it looked like I never even had UC.

 

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

Stigma. People still think of cannabis as something that just gets you high. There are so many benefits to this miracle plant. This plant heals you naturally, with no horrible side effects. You don’t have to poison your body to brink of death like you do with traditional medications. Cannabis is a gift to us all.

 

What would you say to those who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine?

Give it a chance. Take it properly, start low and slow to find your personalized dosage, and stick with it! Consistency is key when taking CBD.

 

 Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Cannabis saved my life. It gave me the quality of life back that I had before I got sick. That is why I started Rose Botanicals. I want everyone to experience the life changing effects of CBD in a safe and trusted form. I would recommend it to anyone. Young, old and in between!

 

 

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Patient Name: Emily Eason

Age: 26

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.

 

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Don de Leaumont – Profile in Courage

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Patient Name: Don de Leaumont
Age: 44

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Condition/Illness: Low Spectrum Bipolar/Anxiety

Using Medical Cannabis Since: 2016

Why did you start consuming cannabis?

I have always been a cannabis smoker but never really put two and two together that it was actually helping me with my mental illness. About two years ago or so, I started getting cannabis from someone who works with medicinal patients, so I was able to actually get the specific strains that I need for my condition. Cannabis offers me a specific feeling of calmness and creativity.

Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?

I am currently on meds for my mental illness, but the cannabis serves as the perfect companion for the meds that I take on a daily basis.

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

For me, it’s the social and legal stigma. Not all people who smoke or use cannabis do so just to do it. While there are recreational users of cannabis, ask just about any user, and they’ll tell you that it helps them in physically and/or mentally in one form or another. I think if other states would look at the success of states like Colorado and California, they would see that the good far outweighs the bad.

What do you say to those who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine?

I say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, but do so responsibly. Ask around, and find folks who are using for medicinal reasons, and ask questions. Do your research. Most of all, keep your mind opened.  You may just find yourself very surprised at the results.

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