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    Posted December 30, 2013 by
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    Does marijuana help you?

    Pot saves government money

    As a chronic Crohn's Disease patient for 20 years, going through multiple surgeries, dozens of hospitalizations and more medications than one can list, pot has helped greatly reduce the need for the above.
    Living in a US state that has a non-functioning medical marijuana program and not willing to trust other sources, I now grow enough marijuana myself in my own home for personal use only. Using nothing more than a simple AeroGarden, normally used for home herbs and spices garden, I can supply myself with enough material for 1 cigarette per day before dinner and alleviate the majority of symptoms.
    Due to the severity of the Crohn's, the symptom below have been alleviated:
    -Pain/cramps from bowel inflammation
    -Due to ulcerations, esophageal strictures make it difficult to swallow. Marijuana relaxes the smooth muscle and stops incidents of choking while eating.
    -Higher average weight due to increased appetite, though still on the lower end.
    -Natural anti-inflammatory components reduce oral, esophageal and intestinal inflammation.

    With the above benefits, I no longer need to take shots of the drug Humira ($700 per dose) so frequently. An initial need of every 5 day dosage now has become 14-21 days. As a government employee the cost of the Humira medication alone per year is $51,000, with marijuana this cost has dropped to $11,900. Additionally I have not required a hospital stay in 3 years.
    Just a great example of the lunacy that marijuana has no medical benefit. I am a responsible person, I do not share any marijuana with others, I grow it using safe low energy methods. A new chapter needs to be written relating to this medication.

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