Who Uses Medical Marijuana? A Musician’s Story of Pain and Disability
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/25/2011 in Medical Marijuana Patient Stories
G.P. Bailey is a 58-year-old musician who almost lost his livelihood to an injury and subsequent painkiller prescriptions. But medical marijuana helped get it back.
In 1999, while working as a live-in caregiver, he suffered an injury that left him without the use of his left side. As an aspiring songwriter/musician, being without the use of his left hand was detrimental, but he had even more difficulties to face: he had to learn how to walk again. After taking baby steps he got to the point where he could use a walker, but he still suffered severe pain and depression.
He was put methadone for pain management and amyltriptaline for anxiety. Then suddenly his doctor stopped filling out his prescriptions and he suffered horrible withdrawal symptoms. It was time to find a natural medication.
Bailey decided to “get legal.” He saw Doc Fry, a pioneer in the medical marijuana cause, who educated him on what he calls “the miracle of medical edibles.” Within a year he was playing and writing. Marijuana took away the pain, the anxiety and helped him get back on his feet. When he was on methadone he woke up every hour and took 20 minutes to fall back asleep. He now eats 3 cookies 30 minutes before bed. He wakes up 7 or 8 hours later. With medical marijuana, he says, “Life is good.”
Today, he plays guitar better than ever. And last April 28th, the anniversary of his accident, he threw away my cane. “After all, I need to carry two guitars,” he says
You can find G.P. Bailey’s music here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/GPBailey. He mostly writes about homelessness, inspired by his wife who works with Sister Libbey and Loaves & Fishes. But here he is playing a cannabis themed song called “The Butter was Green:”