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Site Relaunch

Thanks to everyone who has been so patient and supportive during these long months. We’re proud to say that we’re back open, and offering our services to patients. Our website has been brought back from the archives, but with some major changes.

It’s still a work in progress, so stay tuned. Our store on Higgins is open again. Come visit us. We’ll be open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Katie, 33 – Bozeman, MT

 

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Katie, 33  –  Bozeman, MT

 

Cancer

Katie is fighting for her life. She has stage 3 breast cancer and a blood clot in her heart, which requires twice daily injections. 44 hours ago, Katie was in the emergency room. 26 hours ago she was debating Steve Zabawa, and 22 hours ago, this photograph was taken. Katie is the embodiment of everything this show is about. She is a daughter, a wife, a mother, an attorney, a Montanan.

A year ago she had never even tried cannabis. Now, weeks before her double mastectomy is scheduled, she is traveling the state, battling ignorance and fear.

Does cannabis help? Why don’t you ask Katie?

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Jennifer, 36 – Nebraska

 

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Jennifer, 36  –  Nebraska

Lyme Disease, Leaky Gut Syndrome

Jennifer’s condition went undiagnosed for years. During that time her weakened immune system opened the door for eight diseases and numerous infections, one of which, Leaky Gut Syndrome causes medicines to go straight into her bloodstream, which causes her body to reject it. She is also hypersensitive to foods, allergens, smells, and chemicals.

But rather than let it bring her down, Jennifer has used her condition to embrace a natural, mindful approach – which is a positive force that moves her forward in in her life. Cannabis compliments this lifestyle – for Jennifer, it is the tool in her bag she uses sparingly to help with the most intense spikes.”

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Kennley, 26 – Polson, MT

 

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Kenney, 26  –  Polson, MT

 

Cancer

Kennley’s symptoms began in high school with chest pains and body aches. The pain was so severe that he became a patient in the MMJ program before he was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoma at the age of 26. By that time, a tumor had destroyed his septum and sinus, and he was severely underweight.

Although cannabis was unable to help with the most intense pain of chemo, “It has been an enormous benefit throughout, both mentally and physically. My doctors were shocked that I was able to gain 25lbs during chemo. Cannabis allows me to eat each day, and I continue to gain weight and strength. It is also highly effective with the host of side effects I continue to have with my battle with cancer.”

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Guin, 36 – San Francisco, CA

 

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Guin, 36 San Francisco

 

Crohn’s Disease and Stephen Johnson’s Syndrome

 

Guin was diagnosed with Stephen Johnson’s Syndrome after a life threatening car accident in her teens, where they rushed her into emergency surgery upon arrival. During her operation, her doctors discovered that she had an extremely rare, potentially lethal allergy to sulfa, which is used in majority of medications. While she lay open on the operating table, her entire body, skin, and vital organs began to swell to the point that doctors could not complete the surgery or close her incisions.

After laying open for 4 days, with the advice from colleagues across the country, the surgeons had finally come to the conclusion that cannabis may be the only answer to save this young girl’s life, so they found a vapor pen and administered highly concentrated doses of THC. “Without cannabis, I would have died, the doctors would not have been able to keep me comfortable enough to finish my surgery. Even now, when I go to a dentists appointment, I have to prepare ahead of time and self-medicate.”

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Levi, 42 – Ennis, MT

 

LEVI, 42 - ENNIS, MT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Although Levi was ultimately not deployed, he was inoculated multiple times. Within two years of his honorable discharge, he was feeling the early symptoms of his disease, although he didn’t know it at the time. The stress of his declining health and inadequate VA coverage slowly drained all he worked for, and he even found himself homeless in Missoula for a time. The MS clamped down on his legs and the falls became more frequent, eventually putting him in a wheelchair. “ When I lost my mobility, life changed. I lost my freedom”. Cannabis is critical in managing his symptoms, which are triggered by heat and pain. The calming effects of cannabis help greatly with both. “For my condition, specifically a lesion at the base of my brainstem, I should be way worse than I am. The VA was so baffled they have researched me trying to find answers.” Levi, for his part, has been honest from day one. “I told them that cannabis is keeping me alive. I choose to live my life and stay positive. I have refused their aggressive pharmaceutical treatments, and instead use cannabis to manage some of my symptoms. I simply cannot stop using cannabis, regardless of what Montana decides to do. It’s just that simple.”

Levi, 42  –  Ennis, MT

 

Multiple Sclerosis

Although Levi was ultimately not deployed, he was inoculated multiple times. Within two years of his honorable discharge, he was feeling the early symptoms of his disease, although he didn’t know it at the time.

The stress of his declining health and inadequate VA coverage slowly drained all he worked for, and he even found himself homeless in Missoula for a time. The MS clamped down on his legs and the falls became more frequent, eventually putting him in a wheelchair. “ When I lost my mobility, life changed. I lost my freedom”.

Cannabis is critical in managing his symptoms, which are triggered by heat and pain. The calming effects of cannabis help greatly with both. “For my condition, specifically a lesion at the base of my brainstem, I should be way worse than I am. The VA was so baffled they have researched me trying to find answers.” Levi, for his part, has been honest from day one. “I told them that cannabis is keeping me alive. I choose to live my life and stay positive. I have refused their aggressive pharmaceutical treatments, and instead use cannabis to manage some of my symptoms. I simply cannot stop using cannabis, regardless of what Montana decides to do. It’s just that simple.”

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Ed, 58 – Missoula, MT

 

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Ed, 58  –   Missoula, MT

Chronic Pain

Ed is on the extreme side of chronic pain. A horrific knee injury in the Army, a head on collision auto accident, bulging discs, back spasms and degenerative arthritis leave him, “ in a constant pain rotation” which leaves him unable to stand, sit, or lie down for more than a few minutes at a time.

His doctors have recommended multiple surgeries, which he hopes to someday try, but the reality is that this kind, soft-spoken man will endure debilitating pain for the rest of his life. Ed uses the combination of cannabis and opiates to manage – “Cannabis helps me to cope throughout the day, it is the single most important medicine at my disposal.” As with so many people that live will debilitating conditions, the fight is as mental as it is physical. “Cannabis is the only medication that helps me cope with the pain. It puts it in the background and gives me some control. I don’t know what I am going to do without it”, he confides, tears welling in his eyes, “The only thing I put before cannabis is God and my wife, in that order.”

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Pam, 58 – Missoula, MT

 

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Pam, 58  –   Missoula, MT

 

Chronic Pain

Back in 2007, Pam had a rapid series of injuries and failed surgeries to both her knees after suffering a workplace accident.

She developed muscular fibrosis, which, over time, permanently stiffened her legs and causes her constant, intense pain. Pam, once passionately active, found herself needing a wheelchair and struggling to cope with her handicap and the anger and depression that came with it.

Cannabis helps her significantly with virtually all of her symptoms – pain, nausea, appetite, and sleeplessness. It also helps her cope with the anger and depression.

“Cannabis is essential for my quality of life.”

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Jake, 20 Ronan, MT

 

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Jake, 20  –  Ronan, MT

 

Autism, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes

Jake’s father, Rich was running out of options. They had tried every pharmaceutical doctors had recommended to control Jakes outbursts but none helped – some even made things worse.

So Rich researched cannabis as a last resort option, “We wanted him to be able to function, to enjoy his life. My wife was hesitant until we administered the first dose”. That was a day they will never forget – “ He smiled, he was happy. The difference was obvious,” said his father. From that day forward, they both became vocal advocates of cannabis therapy. “ We began telling other parents struggling with Autistic children in our church and on social media groups to try cannabis. We are thankful everyday that a god given plant can help our son.”

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Kevin, 26 Great Falls, MT

 

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Kevin, 26  –  Great Falls, MT

Epilepsy

Kevin was 21 when, following a bout with swine flu, the first seizure happened. He has no memory of that time, but when he awoke in the hospital he was told he had six grand mal seizures over two days. As he puts it, “I have two lives – before and after.

His memory and cognitive function was so damaged that when he returned to college that fall, he couldn’t even get around campus, much less retain the information needed to attend classes.

When asked if cannabis helps with his seizures, he remains skeptical. “Nothing has stopped my seizures, not even the implant in my chest that sends electrical pulses to my brain.” Despite that, cannabis drastically reduces the duration and intensity of the aura (the time immediately before a seizure), and also cuts his recovery time from days to an hour, even less.

He is also curious if concentrated CBD could help him, but due to Montana law, he has been unable to try it. Without a local option, Kevin must sometimes drive himself hours to Missoula to purchase medicine, even though he has totaled two cars over the years. He does not remember either accident.