Meet Cathy Jordan, who has found that smoking cannabis is keeping her ALS at bay, and keeping her alive. You can visit her website & read her testimony here. [Later edit: this site is no longer active. In searching for it, this popped up: Raid Of The Day: Florida Cops Raid Cathy Jordan, Medical Marijuana Activist Who Suffers From Lou Gehrig’s Disease]
“I NEVER wanted to tell ALS patients to smoke marijuana as medicine. But, after fighting the drug war for ten years, and having it fall on deaf ears and cold hearts, no pharmaceutical company has made a drug to help. In 1989 I smoked Myakka Gold on the beach in Bradenton. I felt the ALS stop and every day I got stronger. I am sorry to say this form of cannabis has been eradicated by the DEA. I spend every chance I can discussing this with other ALS patients and neurologists to see what other strains of cannabis help them.
In 1989 I began to tell my neurologist that cannabis helped me and he thought I had dementia and that I was not handling my demise very well. I said my disease had stopped and he turned immediately to my husband and suggested he commit me to a mental facility. Needless to say, I stopped talking about the fact that my disease had stopped and continued to smoke cannabis.
In 1994 a doctor at the MDA Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital asked me what I was doing to keep myself alive. I told him and he gave me the best advice ever, which was, “Smoke all the cannabis you can and never tell a soul, because they’ll never believe you.”
In 1996 the new doctor of the MDA told me that my using illegal drugs would make me ineligible for stem cells if they ever found a cure. The very next day I became an activist. On February 22, 1997 I officially came out against the drug war and I am not a criminal . . . just alive!
Now, after seeing over two dozen neurologists and attending many seminars involving cannabis and research of cannabis, I feel quite safe in suggesting that anyone with ALS who chooses to use cannabis do so. Also, I suggest you discuss this with your neurologist even if they don’t want to hear it. I find that I know more about ALS and the use of cannabis than the majority of neurologist I’ve spoken with. Some do not believe any of their patients smoke and I always ask if they have a medical assistant? If they say yes, I ask them to ask their assistant if any of their patients smoke. The answer is always yes and the doctor is always shocked.”
Having survived Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for 22 years using cannabis (marijuana) as medicine, Cathy Jordan of Florida explains how it works to keep her alive – as a neuroprotective, cough stimulation, and the “cottonmouth” effect that controls the excess saliva so dangerous to ALS patients. Cathy also cites proven efficacy for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, while predicting breakthroughs for Autism and Alzheimer’s.
This video was submitted to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy hearing in November of 2009, with 11 other patients from the Cannabis Patient Network. Hear and learn more at: http://CannabisPatientNetwork.com