Who Uses Medical Marijuana? An AIDS Patient’s Story
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/26/2010 in Marijuana Recipes
Anyone looking to see just how powerful of a medicine medical marijuana is should sit down with Denver, Colorado resident Deana Martinez. Deana is a 41-year-old mother and former senior process analyst for a communications company, and she is living with and dying from AIDS.
Doctors estimate that she may have been living with AIDS for 15 years before her diagnosis of this incurable disease, which causes debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms that make it nearly impossible to get out of bed, and can prevent patients from being able to take their necessary medications.
Since 1999, Deana has been using medical marijuana to deal with the daily struggles of AIDS: severe pain, nausea, IBS, anxiety and depression. It also helps her keep food down and increases her appetite. Not only does medical marijuana help Deana with the symptoms of the disease, but it also lacks the side effects associated with other pain medications she has taken in the past.
“Medical marijuana is a blessing compared to the narcotics that they had me on,” she explains, referring to the narcotics as addictive and nasty. “Medical marijuana does not interfere with any of my medications, but it does allow me to take the life saving medication.”
Deana uses medical cannabis is a variety of ways: Using edibles, tinctures and vaporizing.
She starts every day by medicating with a sativa, and only after then is she able to take the plethora of prescription medications her life is dependant upon. She considers cannabis a life saving drug.
“Medical marijuana saved my life in 2009,” Deana explains. “I was so very sick and couldn’t hold anything in me. Had it not been for the medical marijuana, I very much doubt I would be sitting here today. I would have given up long ago.”
Deana was recently featured by the Denver Post. Click here to watch the video.