You've had multiple sclerosis for a while now and tried a bunch of things to ease your pain or control those muscle spasms. But you're just not getting the relief you need. Is it time, you wonder, to pay attention to all the talk about medical marijuana? Could it be an option for you?
It's giving some relief to people like Zach, who asked to keep his full name confidential. He lives in Phoenix, AZ, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2010.
Zach deals with tingling in his hands and feet, balance problems, and pain in the top of his head and spine. He also has "phantom sensations," like tasting root beer when his mouth is empty, smelling ammonia suddenly, or hearing a train that isn't there.
"When people started talking to me about medical marijuana after my diagnosis, it was daunting," he says. "I'm the biggest square you'll ever meet. I've never even been drunk before. So I was on the fence about using it."
But Zach's MS is advanced, and he has symptoms every day. "It affects my mobility, and I'm losing vision in my right eye," he says. "So at this point I'm glad to try anything that will help."