There are a lot of different reasons why cannabis is an effective way to stifle the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Various lists of these treatment options is a great source of information. But the real heavy hitting stories are those of real MS patients whose lives have changed because of the cannabis plant. That is why award-winning journalist Elizabeth Limbach wrote Cannabis Saved My Life. A book that features almost 50 testimonials from patients with chronic illness whose lives have been changed for the better because of cannabis treatment. One of these stories is of Teri Heede, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed over twenty years ago.
In the book, Heede describes the struggle of battling with MS, “It’s kind of like an electrical cord in your body,” she told reset. “If you went around and ripped off the cover of all the electrical cords in your house, what would happen?”
“Short circuits, misfires, and everything goes wrong. I can have muscle spasms so bad it will pull a muscle.” Teri believes that THC can mediate this issue. THC can circumvent the local lesion of MS when nerves fire off to hit it, causing nerve pain and immense discomfort.
Teri found out that she had MS after taking a fall at work. For the first time ever, she just wasn’t able to get back up. The injury hurt so badly she assumed it was her tailbone. However, after six months she still hadn’t healed. This is when they discovered the legion down her entire spine. She quickly went to the neurologist.
After getting the news Teri was dejected to say the least. A Vietnam veteran with PTSD, a widow, and now an MS patient? It was all a bit too much. Her doctor was very open minded and informed her that there was nothing left that she could do. Teri headed to Humboldt County and bought herself a quarter pound of Northern California Cannabis. She was walking within three weeks of starting her new cannabis regimen.
Cannabis changed Teri Heede’s life forever. Not only could she walk again, she became a passionate advocate for patient’s access to medical cannabis therapy. Before she began using cannabis as medicine, Heede was given a basketful of prescription medications. These doctor prescribed medicines literally ate her inner stomach lining. She now has what they call “watermelon stomach” where her lining no longer grows back every three days. Heede is a walking, talking example of the difference between natural, herbal healing and doctor prescribed pharmaceutical medications.
If we want to treat the symptoms of MS and possibly even reverse the degeneration caused by the disease, we need to free the cannabis plant. MS patients should have access to medicines that improve their quality of life, and cannabis is that medicine.