For this decade-long chronic pain patient, turning to medical cannabis was a life-changing experience

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Retired at age 33 because of chronic pain, years of sleepless nights, and depression due to her psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, Andrea Wright, 39, of Bristol, England, is now back at work thanks to medical cannabis.

What turned Andrea’s life around, according to this report in The Guardian, was enrolling in a medical cannabis study at a London pain clinic this past January, prior to which her life was hell: she was taking up to 40 tablets a day, including 14 prescriptions such as opiate painkillers, as well as sleeping pills and laxatives to relieve the constipation caused by the painkillers.

And she enrolled in the study, however, the change was dramatic:

To begin with I was completely knocked out but you do get used to it. Straight away my sleep was a million times better. I probably hadn’t had a proper night’s sleep since 2012. I stopped taking any sleeping pills. My pain levels have completely dropped as well.

If this were just a one-off it wouldn’t necessarily be newsworthy. But as internist Peter Grinspoon of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Med School said in a tweet today, he sees this all the time:

I see this every day in clinic — really good control of #chronicpain with #cannabis.

Which for Andrea and everyone like her, is a transformative experience: “I’m able to work longer hours and go into the office. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for medical cannabis. It’s been life-changing.

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