Dr. Junella Chin, an integrative cannabis physician and founder of MedLeafRx, told BuzzFeed Health in an email about one patient who has benefited from medical marijuana and CBD.
“Andrew, a 57-year-old man came into my office after sustaining a head injury from falling backwards off an 8-foot ladder. He started developing chronic migraines, brain fog, fatigue, nausea — felt dizzy all the time. Then he began to develop a hypersensitivity of his scalp. Simple daily routines, such as riding in a car, were an awful experience; just driving over a small bump would send stabbing pain through his skull,” she said. After he started vaping medical marijuana on the recommendation of his son (in the beginning he used THC and CBD, but now just CBD), his pain and migraines are more manageable, she says.
Similarly, she’s treated a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), who was experiencing fatigue, depression, and severe anxiety. The patient improved after using CBD — enough to stop taking prescribed meds for these problems. And when it comes to patients with other kinds of pain and inflammation, she says that *anecdotally* salves, creams, and transdermal patches have worked for them, even though “these products have not gone through rigorous human clinical trials that are double blind, randomized, and controlled” — aka the “gold standard” of scientific experiments because they are seen as having the least amount of bias.