Patient Name: Robert Pearce
Condition/Illness: Bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorder
Consuming medical cannabis Since: 2012
Why did you start consuming cannabis?
I started using cannabis in social situations and quickly realized that it helped me with my anxiety in those same social situations. When I’m depressed it lifts me up. When I’m manic it helps slow my brain down.
Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis?
Yes I’ve tried all kinds of pharmaceuticals, but nothing works like pot.
What’s the most important issue or problem facing medical cannabis patients?
Discrimination. I think it will be a long time before a medical marijuana prescription will be looked at the same way as traditional pharmacology. If you don’t think so, go to [a behavioral health agency] and participate in their treatment program with an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card, and see what they say.
What do you say to those who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine?
They are entitled to their opinions, but don’t knock it till you try it.