Nonspecific Abdominal Cramps by Molly Thomas
I've been smoking marijuana consistently for about 2 years.
When I first tried it in high school I wasn't interested.
It wasn't until I met my current boyfriend, who is very into the
medicinal properties and legalization of the plant, that I realized how
beneficial it is to all aspects of my life.
I suffer from stomach muscle spasms. I forget what the exact medical
term for it is, but numerous times when I have had an attack I've been
crippled on the floor in so much pain that I can't even call for help. I was
prescribed Hyoscyamine, which works most of the time but leaves me with a
strange taste in my mouth and a weird feeling throughout my body, which I
have found to be a common side effect among other people who are in the same
position as myself. My boyfriend suggested smoking pot whenever I feel an
attack coming on, and although at first I cringed at the thought of smoking
pot to easy my stomach, it helps me every time, without the side effects.
My parents, a conservative doctor and nurse who wouldn't let me even
talk to people they suspected of smoking pot because of its negative stigma
of being a "drug" and one that's rated in a class with heroin, now
see that the drug is an invaluable aid in my every day life and less
threatening socially than the consumption of alcohol.
There are other reasons that I smoke, other than enjoyment,
such as to gain peace of mind. If I'm angry or worked up over something it
helps me to calm down, examine the situation from another perspective, and
pull me out of the mental rut.
It seems as if marijuana is pretty much a cure-all for
physical and mental ailments, making it difficult to regulate and profit
from, but making the world a healthier, natural, more peaceful place to