Does medical marijuana deliver on its pain-relieving promises?
Every day, Samantha is in pain. Her elbows and knees feel inflamed. Her ankle aches. She gets cramps in her abdomen. Her lower back hurts. She suffers from fibromyalgia, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome.
To feel better, Samantha uses medical cannabis — also called medical marijuana — which she buys at a dispensary near her home in Joliet. “My quality of life is not 100 percent, but the cannabis at least helps to dull the pain,” says Samantha, who requested that her last name not be used because cannabis is illegal on a federal level. “It doesn’t really get rid of the pain. It kind of helps you forget about the pain.”
Samantha, 27, got her medical cannabis card for having severe fibromyalgia, which is listed as one of 40 debilitating conditions in the
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