Shannon: Spinal Injury & Pain
Pharmaceuticals upset my stomach and left me feeling hungover and incoherent. I have yet to experience any of those feelings with cannabis.
My name is Shannon and I was injured while driving a taxi in south Florida 19 years ago – a drug addict hit my parked vehicle at a stop light and pushed me through traffic, across the median, into an RV.
I suffered spinal injuries that have worsened and become more complicated over the years. At first, I accepted the use of pain killers up until physical therapy gave me back my mobility. Then I stopped taking them. I was a single mom of 2 small girls and the drowsiness and hung over feeling they gave me were not something I could handle and care for my kids correctly.
I endured 2 more years of physical therapy and several years of chiropractics without medications. Things continued to deteriorate though, and after multiple injections, spinal nerve blocks , nerve “burnings” and failed surgeries (which resulted in fibromyalgia and sciatica), I was at my wit’s end. I did not want to take the 100s of pain pills and muscle relaxers the doctors were offering but I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep in 10 yrs. The pain was becoming unbearable & causing anxiety attacks.
I had never been a cannabis user before. I had tried it recreationally as a teen and became paranoid and self conscious and determined it was not for me. After watching me suffer and also feeling at wit’s end, my husband (a former smoker) and our roommate (a current smoker) suggested I look into medical cannabis.
I did my research and purchased some illegal medical grade edibles. I had the BEST night’s sleep I’ve had in 10 yrs!! It was a miracle! I woke refreshed, well rested and limber! There was no stiffness in my joints and I felt no “hangover” or sluggish mental state. When I had taken the opioids that were prescribed (oxy 10’s, Flexerils, Valium) I always felt incoherent and slow and not able to function. Pharmaceuticals upset my stomach and left me feeling hungover and guilty. I have yet to experience any of those feelings with cannabis.
I’ve been legally consuming via vape, edibles, and sublingual drops for 2-1/2 months and I feel amazing. I’m well rested, no nausea, no hungover feeling. Cannabis manages my muscle spasms and anxiety as well as my spinal pain.
I use a low THC vape or sublingual oils with a sativa strain, Sour diesel for daytime, and an indica 9lb hammer at night to help me sleep.
Since I began studying the medical benefits of cannabis I have petitioned my state to legalize and expand the laws and decriminalize and have become an activist for the cause . I went from anticannabis to procannabis big time!
Cannabis has given me back a portion of my life I thought I had lost years ago…