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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.

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Louie, 77 Greenough, MT

 

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Louie, 77   –  Greenough, MT

Chronic Pain

Louie deals with pain from his shingles, herpetic neuralgia, and multiple joint replacements. But this patriarch and third generation Montanan refuses to slow down, helping run the family horse and guest ranch, and even winning the roping competition at a rodeo’s as recently as 2014.

Knowing this, his daughter, Juanita, decided to intervene and suggest him trying cannabis because she could see her Dad was in pain. Although Louie, like most folks, had lumped cannabis in with other illegal drugs his whole life, he decided to give it a try. A lot of it has to do with increased coverage in the mainstream media and the recent legalization in Washington.

But Louie has not had the chance to try Cannabis.

His card came back from the Department of Health on September 1 – just twenty four hours after the implementation of SB 423.