Mi chiamo Lucia,30 anni e vi scrivo dalla provincia di Lecce. Undici anni fa mi fu diagnosticata la Sclerosi Multipla. Vi scrivo in seguito al clamore suscitato dopo i vostri servizi sulla Cannabis Terapeutica che viene somministrata dall’Ospedale Ferrari di Casarano (LE). Al momento sono seguita dal centro SM dello stesso ospedale direttamente dai dottori Sergio Pasca e Roberto De Masi. Io sono una dei 5 “pazienti fortunati” che sta assumendo il Bedrocan (infiorescenze essiccate di Marijuana) con miglioramenti evidenti ed eclatanti nell’andatura,nei tremori,nei dolori,negli spasmi muscolari,nella rigidità,nell’appetito,nell’umore e nel miglioramento totale della qualità di vita.
Sono sempre stata una ragazza attiva,vivace e con la testa sulle spalle,fino a quando non mi è stata diagnosticata questa malattia che ovviamente ha condizionato ogni fase della mia vita. Nei vari anni ho provato tutti i farmaci convenzionali e non che vengono prescritti a coloro che si trovano nella mie condizioni: vari tipi di interferone, antidepressivi, antiepilettici, miorilassanti, immunosoppressori, vitamine, integratori…e chissà quanti altri.. Nel 2008 ho fatto un viaggio ad Amsterdam per testare personalmente le migliori varietà consigliate per la Sclerosi Multipla…ed è lì che ho potuto testare su di me gli effetti benefici della cannabis. A fine maggio di quest’anno,il centro SM dell’Ospedale Ferrari di Casarano,seguito dai dottori Pasca e De Masi,mi ha prescritto la prima ricetta per l’erogazione del farmaco: Bedrocan (a base di infiorescenze).
Prima di arrivare a questo farmaco però il protocollo prevede l’utilizzo di vari altri farmaci (miorilassanti etc.) che anziché calmare i dolori e gli spasmi,su di me non facevano altro che aumentare questi sintomi (per non parlare poi degli effetti collaterali di questi e di tutti gli altri farmaci che ho provato). Come ultima spiaggia, visto che non sto bene con nessun farmaco e visto che la regione Puglia ha approvato la cannabis terapeutica,sono stata ricoverata 6 giorni (come da protocollo) per iniziare questa nuova terapia (seguita sempre e costantemente dai dottori Sergio Pasca e Roberto De Masi).
Sono arrivata in ospedale che ero costretta a star seduta su una sedia a rotelle ormai e mi preparavo all’idea di doverla utilizzare per il resto della mia vita. Dopo 2 giorni di ricovero ho cominciato a bere tisane con la marijuana (somministrate in tre orari diversi della giornata). Il terzo giorno sono resuscitata (per richiamare una citazione delle “Sacre Scritture”). Sono infatti riuscita a lasciare la sedia e iniziare piano piano a camminare nuovamente sulle mie gambe (seppur con un aiuto affianco),avendo così la certezza che tale farmaco è l’unico in grado di sollevare oltre all’umore anche il mio fisico. Sono stata dimessa e mandata a casa con 6 confezioni di Bedrocan sufficienti a trascorre un mese di vita “normale” e ogni mese vado tranquillamente in farmacia (quella dell’Ospedale) a prendere il farmaco (previa ricetta del neurologo).
A questo punto la mia richiesta è semplice. Voglio dare la mia testimonianza di paziente affetta da una malattia gravemente invalidante,trentenne,nel pieno della vita…che ha trovato finalmente un sollievo alle sue sofferenze grazie al Centro SM di Casarano e all’enorme lavoro svolto da tutta l’equipe dei dottori Sergio Pasca e Roberto De Masi. Conosco perfettamente l’iter burocratico che bisogna affrontare affinchè questo farmaco possa giungere ai pazienti che attendono per mesi e mesi,in preda ai dolori e a sofferenze inimmaginabili. Un percorso esageratamente impervio,sia per i malati che per i medici.
Sarebbe fantastico informare tutti coloro che potrebbero usufruire di questo “farmaco” e soprattutto fare in modo che i centri come quello di Casarano abbiano più riflettori puntati addosso in modo da far emergere tutte le ottime attività che vengono svolte quotidianamente in favore dei pazienti affetti da questa e altre serie malattie. Non finirò di ringraziare chi si è impegnato per questa “battaglia”. Ci hanno donato la “libertà di cura”… e scusate se è poco.
Check out this clip from KPTV 12 about a young Oregon boy named Alex who is using cannabis oils to help treat his autism. If this doesn’t convince you that cannabis has medical benefits, then you’re either willfully ignorant or just plain evil.
Here’s a quick nug of truth for all those interested in finding out what cannabis does to the brain. Presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) after he changed his paradigm concerning the medical application of marijuana.
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A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.
They’re increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and is unapproved by the Department of Veterans Affairs because major studies have yet to show it is effective against PTSD.
While the research has been contradictory and limited, some former members of the military say pot helps them manage their anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. Prescription drugs such as Klonopin and Zoloft weren’t effective or left them feeling like zombies, some say.
“I went from being an anxious mess to numbing myself with the pills they were giving me,” said Mike Whiter, a 39-year-old former Marine who lives in Philadelphia, where marijuana is illegal. “Cannabis helped me get out of the hole I was in. I started to talk to people and get over my social anxiety.”
Others, though, have seen little benefit from the drug. And the VA has documented a troubling rise in the number of PTSD-afflicted veterans who have been diagnosed with marijuana dependence, which some experts say can hamper recovery from war trauma.
Sally Schindel, of Prescott, Arizona, said the VA diagnosed her son Andy Zorn with PTSD after he served in the Army in Iraq. The agency later diagnosed him with marijuana dependence as well as depression and bipolar disorder, she said.
Schindel said her son was using marijuana not for recreation but as self-medication, particularly to help him sleep. He killed himself at age 31 in 2014, writing in his suicide note that “marijuana killed my soul & ruined my brain.”
“He told me he found it much harder to quit than he thought it would be,” Schindel said. “He’d buy it and smoke it and then flush the rest of it. The next day he bought it again.”
The stories of vets like Zorn and Whiter have helped fuel the debate over whether states and the federal government should legalize the drug for PTSD treatment. Lawmakers are increasingly sympathizing with vets like Whiter, despite the lack of scientific evidence. While some limited studies have shown that marijuana helps people manage PTSD symptoms in the short term, another suggested it may make symptoms worse.
Starting with New Mexico in 2009, 10 states have listed PTSD among the ailments for which medical marijuana can be prescribed, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which seeks to end criminalization of the drug. A few more states give doctors broad enough discretion to recommend pot to PTSD sufferers.
Similar measures have been introduced in Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Utah. In November, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it’s legal. The proposal failed to pass the House.
Federal law requires randomized, controlled trials to prove that a drug is effective before VA doctors can recommend it. Such studies are underway, including two funded by Colorado, where the state health board held off on legalizing marijuana for PTSD because of the lack of major studies.
“There surely is not enough scientific evidence to say marijuana helps PTSD,” said Marcel Bonn-Miller, a University of Pennsylvania professor who is leading the Colorado-backed studies. “But we’ll get a heck of a lot closer to getting to know the answer in two to three years.”
Since 2002, the percentage of PTSD-afflicted veterans who have been diagnosed with marijuana dependence has climbed from 13 percent to nearly 23 percent, according to VA data released last year. That translates to more than 40,000 veterans.
Officially known as “cannabis use disorder,” dependence can mean someone is unable to sleep or becomes irritable without the drug. It can also mean marijuana use has diminished someone’s personal relationships or ability to hold a job.
Dr. Karen Drexler, the VA’s deputy national mental health program director for addictive disorders, said the potential for dependency is yet another reason vets should wait for more research.
“Marijuana may initially provide some relief,” but for those with PTSD, “it’s very hard to stop it once you start it,” she said. “It gets into this vicious cycle.”
She added that the emotion-numbing effects of marijuana can also hinder the most effective treatment for PTSD: talk therapy, in which veterans try to process the trauma they went through.
Some veterans and some doctors disagree.
In Maine, where marijuana can be prescribed for PTSD, Dr. Dustin Sulak, a physician in private practice, said doctors can help vets manage their marijuana use, preventing dependence. Sulak also said pot can help vets engage in talk therapy.
Whiter, the vet from Pennsylvania, said that was his experience.
During his time in Iraq in the mid-2000s, Whiter said, he saw roadside bombs blow up Humvees and people get shot. After he got home, the smell of hot dogs triggered flashbacks to the smell of burning flesh. The VA eventually diagnosed him with PTSD and prescribed medications including Klonopin and Zoloft.
The Klonopin left him nearly unable to function, he said, and he decided to try marijuana after reaching a point “where I didn’t care if I lived or died.”
“I started really engaging in therapy every week and started being really honest with myself and getting over things,” said Whiter, who added that he still takes some Zoloft for his anxiety. “I can’t push enough that therapy is very key in this. It’s not just weed.”
Cannabis’ analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects have been known for literally thousands of years – but more recently, the drug has been making waves in medical circles for its potential efficacy in treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders. And, contrary to what detractors of medical marijuana would expect, the evidence isn’t coming solely from the pro-cannabis lobby.
According to the national Epilepsy Foundation,”individual reports of children with refractory (or intractable) epilepsy who have tried cannabis, usually with high ratios of cannabidiol to THC, have reported marked improvements in seizure frequency.” Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound in cannabis that doesn’t produce the signature high – and it’s been demonstrated to have some positive effects on certain body systems that affect seizures.
While more research is needed, it looks like cannabis could be the next frontier in treating seizure disorders. But don’t take our word for it: Here’s the scientific explanation from Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
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