Interview with a Medical Marijuana Patient

This interview subject chose to remain anonymous but is a 30-year-old female who uses cannabis and is a Florida medical patient.

Q: What made you want to share your cannabis story with me?

A: Using marijuana kind of changed my life. I think a lot of people need it, but I think a lot of people are afraid because they don’t realize that recreational use and using it medicinally is completely different. It’s not about getting stoned, it’s not about getting high and it’s not about how much THC you have. And when I learned those things, I just thought everyone else should know this.

Q: How long have you been using cannabis?

A: It’ll be a year in May – so about 9 or 10 months.

Q: For what medical purposes do you use cannabis or how does cannabis help you?

A: I use it for PTSD and anxiety, and I also have really bad panic attacks so that’s mainly what I use it for.

Q: So it basically helps you with the symptoms from those ailments?

A: Yeah, I mean it saved me from having so many panic attacks. I went from having maybe 2 a week to having pretty much none. It’s pretty amazing.

Q: How else has your life changed since you started using cannabis?

A: I was at the point where I was going to quit school, and having the panic attacks was just ruining my life. I wouldn’t be able to be here and do the things that I do and accomplish without it.

Q: What is a misconception you think people have about cannabis or people who use it?

A: I feel like there are so many. One misconception is – back in the day, when you were a kid in school or at least for me – we had the D.A.R.E. Program that told us that cannabis is like the worst thing ever, and that weed is a gateway drug, and all that. But it’s not really though. I think the biggest thing for me is that people assume that if you use cannabis, you also use other drugs. Like, illegal substances. And it’s like, not true.

Q: That’s true, using cannabis does not mean you’re necessarily using anything else.

A: Yeah, that’s just my main misconception is that people think it’s a gateway drug – it’s not.

Q: Do you have a favorite method of using cannabis?

A: I like to use multiple methods – my go to methods are theragels, I really like sublinguals, and vapes.

Q: Do you find that certain strains work better for you than others?

A: I guess so, yeah. I think so, but I think it depends more for me how I use it.

Q: Do you have a favorite dispensary?

A: I’m a huge fan of Surterra. Huge fan, love them.

Q: Just out of curiosity, if you could change anything about the medical program in Florida, what would you change?

A: I definitely think it’s too expensive. The products themselves are too expensive. If prices were cut even 25%, I feel like it would make a huge difference. It is expensive to be a patient, but I can understand a doctor appointment being expensive. But the products themselves, are too expensive.

Q: Do you think we should be able to grow our own?

A: I’m cool with home grow, but would I actually grow my own? I don’t really have a green thumb. Most of my plants die except for my cactus, so, yeah.

Q: What else do you want people to know about cannabis and what else should people know?

A: Don’t be so scared. Don’t be afraid of it, it’s not gonna bite ya. A lot of people’s anxiety, and their quality of sleep – maybe you just need to smoke a joint and go to bed. You know? My doctor had be on a bunch of medications, and I was like, I’m 30 and I was taking 7 pills and it wasn’t working for me. And just a simple plant changed everything. So I think people should just not be afraid. Just give it a shot, and do the research. 

Q: Well that’s pretty much all I have – thank you for letting me interview you.

A: Thank you!

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