Cannabis Patients in Their Own Words
The most critical information that healthcare professionals need in order to make appropriate assessments and guide their treatment decisions comes directly from the patient. These patient testimonials help bring the realities of the efficacy of cannabis and the cruelty of its prohibition to light. These testimonials also serve as a source of comfort to other cannabis patients who remain in the shadows for concern over the consequences that could occur if their neighbors, employer, or law officials learn of their cannabis use. It is very difficult for a patient be considered a criminal when his or her only crime is to use a plant as medicine. It is good to know that they are not alone and that there are other patients with similar health problems who have found similar relief with cannabis.
At each of our biennial conferences on cannabis therapeutics, we invite patients to share their experience using cannabis as medicine. Some are protected by state medical marijuana laws and have a clinician's guidance, others have had to chart their own course of treatment - all have fascinating insights into the myriad ways that medical cannabis improves their lives and compelling stories of the sociological factors that come with their medicine of choice.