My name is Sabrina Smith and I am a woman on a dedicated mission.
As a person who suffered many years with Emotional, Mental and Physical downfalls, I can give first hand testimonies on the real every day struggles throughout. , I am an average everyday woman who sees a need to Educate, Bring Awareness, Open a line of communication between doctors and patients as well as our communities, and to Certify in the masses. Personally suffering for many years after being hit by a drunk driver in 1996, I have been a test dummy for a lot of different treatments, injections, PT, as well as many surgeries, and medication prescriptions, which some have caused more damage then good. I spent a lot of my twenties and thirties in my bed or close to home due to the heavy narcotic usage that was needed to sustain my ability to be productive in any way throughout my day. I developed conditions such as Diverticulitis as a result of multiple surgeries and over usage of antibiotics and narcotics that destroyed the good bacteria's that are so needed in the body. It literally made my body unable to fend for itself and just overall destroyed things such as my skin and hair. The pain I've been through has changed my life. Doctors unable to do much more then make me comfortable were at a loss for what could be done next. Throughout all the treatments, I've maintained my usage of Marijuana and even obtained a legal form in prescription. My doctors knowing there was nothing more they themselves could offer me, allowed me to continue using the synthetic thc form known as Dronabinol (Mirinol, THC). During the period in which I used this medication I was able to get a lot of relief from most of the bad side effects of Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Smell Induced Bulimia (which cause vomiting uncontrollably) and Pain that just couldn't possibly be described in words. I also suffer from PTSD from a crime related incident. In order to function on a daily basis I just could not be alone. I had to check over and over to be sure my home was secure. I most times didn't sleep and neither did my brother. I lost a lust for my personal business and when I was told by the Judge in my case I needed to run I did so. Through Meditation during my most relaxed Indica induced state I was able to regain control of my inner strength. Something I thought was gone forever. That's why I call myself The ForgottenAngel. I know many have these issues and mine compare none to theirs but I need to stress that each and every single one of them Matter to me. I have felt their pain and sadness and literally lived inside that hopelessness. This Movement is my purpose. I want to be included in making it happen for Pennsylvania.
“Medical marijuana” (also referred to as medical cannabis) is a safe and effective alternative for many expensive, ineffective and highly addictive prescription medicines. Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Pennsylvania? On April 12, 2016, Senate Bill 3 was approved by the Senate, and by the House on April 13, 2016, and was signed into law on April 17, 2016, effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana “may mitigate” his/her debilitating medical symptoms. The Pennsylvania Department of Health controls the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Patients in Pennsylvania diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under “The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program”: · Cancer · Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) · Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) · Parkinson ’ s disease · Multiple sclerosis · Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity · Epilepsy · Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis) · Neuropathies · Huntington ’ s disease · Crohn ’ s disease · Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) · Intractable seizures · Glaucoma · Sickle cell anemia · Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention or opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective · Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy · Autism · Terminally ill, where a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course · Ulcerative Colitis · Neurodegenerative Diseases · Terminal Illness · Dyskinetic & Spastic Movement Disorders · Opioid Abuse Disorder Medical marijuana use is legal in many states, and there are hundreds of medicinal uses for marijuana. Below is a general list of ailments with symptoms and/or side effects that can be treated with medical marijuana.
· Arthritis · Cancer · Chronic Pain · Crohn’s Disease · Epilepsy · Fibromyalgia · Glaucoma · HIV/AIDS · Multiple Sclerosis (MS) · Severe Nausea Acquired Hypothyroidism · Acute Gastritis · Agoraphobia · Al Amyloidosis · Alcohol Abuse · Alcoholism · Alopecia Areata · Alzheimer’s Disease · Amphetamine Dependency · Amyloidosis · Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) · Angina Pectoris · Ankylosis · Anorexia · Anxiety Disorders · Arachnoiditis · Arnold-Chiari Malformation · Endometrial Cancer · Type 2 Diabetes · Diabetic · Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease · Arthropathy Gout · Asthma · Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) · Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) · Auditory Neuropathy · Autism/Asperger s · Autoimmune Disease · Autonomic Neuropathy · Back Pain · Back Sprain · Bell’s Palsy · Bipolar Disorder · Brain Tumors · Bruxism · Bulging Disc · Bulimia · Bursitis · Cachexia · Adrenal Cortical Cancer · Basal Cell Cancer · Bile Duct Cancer · Bladder Cancer · Blood Cancer · Brain Cancer · Breast Cancer · Cervical Cancer · Colorectal Cancer · Caffeine · Esophageal Cancer · Gallbladder Cancer · Gastric Cancer · Kidney Cancer · Liver Cancer · Lung Cancer · Melanoma · Mouth Cancer · Ovarian Cancer · Pancreatic Cancer · Prostate Cancer · Skin Cancer · Testicular Cancer · Thyroid Cancer · Uterine Cancer · Vaginal Cancer · Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · Causalgia · Cerebral Palsy · Cervical Disk Disease · Cervicobrachial Syndrome · Chemotherapy · Chronic Fatigue Syndrome · Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy · Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease · Chronic Renal Failure · Chronic Traumatic · Cirrhosis · Cocaine Dependence · Colitis · Collagenous Colitis · Congenital Hypothyroidism · Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I · Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II · Concussions · Conjunctivitis · Constipation · Coronary Artery Disease · Cranial Neuropathy · Cystic Fibrosis · Darier’s Disease · Decompensated Cirrhosis · Degenerative Arthritis · Degenerative Arthropathy · Degenerative or Pervasive Neurological Conditions · Delirium Tremens · Dementia · Depression · Dermatomyositis · Diabetes · Type 1 Diabetes · Mood Disorders · Motion Sickness · Mucopolysacchari dosis (MPS) Neuropathy · Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease · Diarrhea · Digestive Disorders · Diverticulitis · Dravet Syndrome · Dual Diagnosis · Dysthymic Disorder · Dystonia · Eczema · Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome · Elevated Intraocular Pressure · Emphysema · Encephalitis · Endometriosis · Epidermolysis Bullosa · Epididymitis · Failed Back Surgery Syndrome · Felty’s Syndrome · Fibrous Dysplasia · Focal Neuropathy · Friedreich’s Ataxia · Gastritis · Gastroparesis · Genital Herpes · Glioblastoma Multiforme · Graves Disease · Headaches · Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy · Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) · Post-Traumatic Arthritis · Post-Traumatic Headaches · Cluster Headaches · Exertion Headaches · Hormone Headaches · Hypertension Headaches · Migraine Headaches · Post-Traumatic Headaches · Rebound Headaches · Sinus Headaches · Tension Headaches · Heart Attacks · Hemophilia A · HenochSchonlein Purpura · Hepatitis C · Hereditary Spinal Ataxia · Herniated Discs · High Blood Pressure · Hospice Patients · Huntington’s Disease · Hydrocephalus · Hydromyelia · Hyperthyroidism · Hyperventilation · Hypoglycemia · Impotence · Inflammation · Inflammatory AutoimmuneMediated Arthritis · Spasticity · Spinal Cord Disease · Spinal Cord Injury · Spinal Cord Injury With Spasticity · Spinal Stenosis · Spinocerebellar Encephalopathy · Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) · Insomnia · Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) · Interstitial Cystitis · Irritable Bowel Syndrome · Joint Pain · Kidney Disease · Leukemia · Acute Myeloid Leukemia · Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia · Chronic Myeloid Leukemia · Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia · Lipomatosis · Lou Gehrig’s Disease · Lupus · Lyme Disease · Lymphocytic Colits · Lymphoma · Hodgkins Lymphoma · Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma · Mania · Melorheostosis · Meniere’s Disease · Temporomandibu lar Joint Disorder (TMJ) · Tendinitis · Whiplash · Writers’ Cramp · Seizures · Septicemia · Shingles (Herpes · Muscle Cramps · Muscle Spasms · Muscular Dystrophy · Myasthenia Gravis · Myoclonus · Meningitis · Mesothelioma Mitochondrial disease · Nail-Patella Syndrome · Neurofibromatosis · Neuropathy · Nightmares · Obesity · Obsessive Compulsive Disorder · Opiate Dependence · Optic Neuropathy · Osteoarthritis · Osteoporosis · Pancreatitis · Panic Disorder · Parkinson’s Disease · Peripheral Neuropathy · Peritoneal Pain · Phenylketonuria · Pneumonia · Polycystic Ovary Syndrome · Porphyria · Post Concussion Syndrome Stress Disorder (PTSD) · Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) · Prostatitis · Psoriasis · Psoriatic Arthritis · Pulmonary Fibrosis · Quadriplegia · Radiation Therapy · Raynaud’s Disease · Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy · Reiter’s Syndrome · Residual Limb Pain · Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) · Rheumatoid Arthritis · Rosacea · Schizoaffective Disorder · Schizophrenia · Scoliosis · Sedative Dependence · Ataxia · Stress · Stroke · Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS) · Stuttering · Syringomyelia · Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) · Tarlov Cysts · Tenosynovitis · Terminal Illness · Thyroiditis · Tic Douloureux · Tietze’s Syndrome · Tinnitus · Tobacco Dependence · Tourette’s Syndrome · Traumatic Brain Injury · Trichotillomania · Tuberculosis · Tumors · Ulcerative Colitis · Viral Hepatitis · Vomiting · Wasting Syndrome · Zoster) · Sickle Cell Anemia · Sickle Cell Disease · Sinusitis · Sjogren’s Syndrome · Skeletal Muscular Spasticity · Sleep Apnea · Sleep Disorders · Small Fiber Neuropathy · Information obtained from https://www.marijuanadoctors.com and may possibly have changed since publishing. 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Medical Efficacy The most important difference between these two subspecies of cannabis, however, is in their medical effects and how they influence energy levels and productivity. Indicas tend to decrease energy and are better for consumption in the evening or at night, after the conclusion of the day’s work and activities. Potent indica strains may give some patients what is called “couchlock,” a condition in which they become so relaxed that they care barely get up from the sofa. Sativas, on the other hand, are uplifting and cerebral, enhancing creativity and productivity. Indicas provide what has been called a “body high,” while sativas deliver more of a “mind high.” Unfortunately, sativa plants require longer to grow and yield less medicine (flowers) than indica varieties. This is why indica strains have traditionally dominated those available on the black market, where there is no concern for patient need and the sole focus is profit.
The fact that patients are given no choice of subspecies or strain when purchasing from the black market is a major reason it should be avoided. Patients should never trust or consume cannabis medicine without knowing its exact strain and that it was properly grown, dried, cured, and laboratory tested for purity and potential contamination. Modern cultivators of medical cannabis purposefully breed and grow a wide spectrum of strains within both the indica and sativa categories for the purpose of making available the right medicine for a particular patient’s unique combination of disease, preference, and lifestyle. Often, patients must maintain jobs or family responsibilities that demand a particular energy level and can’t tolerate the sedative properties of many indicas. Other times, patients must seek the most potent non-opiate painkiller possible. Given the choice of chronic pain or the mellowing effects of a strong indica of a particular strain known for its medical benefits, most patients will choose the latter. Because cultivators and dispensaries are sensitive to the subjective efficacy of particular strains for different patients, they grow and make available as many strains as possible for targeted ailments.
Major conditions of focus include HIV/AIDS, cancer, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, Parkinson’s, all types of arthritis, and epilepsy, among many others. In terms of particular ailments, sativa strains tend to be better for psychological disorders like depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Indicas are often the best for pain and inflammation and, thus, are beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer. However, because so many diseases are accompanied by side effects like depression and insomnia, a patient must consider treating both their core disease and also its daily symptoms.
In the end, each patient will favor multiple strains that will likely fall within the categories of sativa, hybrid, and indica. When it comes to aroma, indica strains tend to emit musty, earthy, and skunky odors, while sativas smell sweet, fruity, or spicy. This difference in aroma is the result of terpenes, the molecules within the plant that are cousins to cannabinoids like THC and CBD. While these chemicals provide sometimes stunningly pungent odors, their greatest benefit to patients is actually their medicinal efficacy.