Texans Head To Colorado For Medical Marijuana Therapy

Texans Head To Colorado For Medical Marijuana Therapy

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Texans like SA’s Edwin Patterson (left) and Sherise Nipper are looking to Colorado for access to medical marijuana. Former San Antonio resident Sherise Nipper suffers from intractable epilepsy. It wouldn’t be unusual for her to have to have more than a dozen seizures a day. Confined to a wheelchair, there was no light at the end of the tunnel for her and her family. “I was on every kind of prescription you can imagine. I started getting chemical blisters on my body,” Nipper, 35, told the San Antonio Current last week. “My body started to literally burn from the inside out.” Her seizures were so intense and frequent that the ligaments in her Achilles heel and knees ripped from the rapid, uncontrollable movement. Her gall bladder and appendix ruptured. And the medications, which burned her tongue, prevented her from tasting food. One time, she needed chest compressions and a medic fractured her sternum. It was no way to live. “So my husband and I went to my neurologist and he says ‘She’s not doing well,'” Nipper recalled. She asked the doctor point-blank about using CBD oil and THC — both compounds found in marijuana — to treat her seizures. She was promptly told all that could be done for her comes in the form of a pill. Undeterred, looked more into medical marijuana, concluding it was her best bet. But obtaining it illegally was stressful, scary and not worth the risk. Despite the fact that Texas legislators acknowledged medical marijuana for the first time this year by passing a CBD oil bill for the treatment of incurable epilepsy, they barred the use of THC, the component that has been proven to help the most. Nipper knew she had to leave her beloved Lone Star State. The law doesn’t help […]

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