Virginia Man with Cerebral Palsy Is Boldly Fighting for Safe Access to Cannabis

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    Virginia Man with Cerebral Palsy Is Boldly Fighting for Safe Access to Cannabis

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    Creed Leffler never expected to become a cannabis advocate.

    However in the years since discovering the powerful medical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis, he has worked tirelessly to become what he now calls a “cannvocate,” fighting for the federal legalization of cannabis.

    Born with cerebral palsy, Leffler grew up facing a number of painful physical challenges, including excruciating muscle spasms and a heightened gag reflex. “The reason I have a gag reflex is because that’s how nervousness portrays itself for me,” he explains.

    As Leffler describes it, finding cannabis was nothing short of miraculous. “When I found it, it was like ‘oh my god!’” he exclaimed. “Before that, I had a neck surgery and I was on opioids for a while. That is when I found cannabis.”

    Finding a source of relief for his spasticity and choking was only the beginning of Leffler’s long journey towards gaining access to medicinal cannabis.


    In his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia, not only is cannabis completely illegal – even for medicinal use, he found that his family was less than supportive of his new pursuit.

    “I asked someone in my family - I’m not gonna say names,” Leffler said, “I asked someone in my family whether they would help me because they had to deal with me for two and a half years of pain and me screaming,” he continued. “[I asked] would they give me weed to stop the pain.

    “They said no.”

    Since then, he has carved his own path and sought his own form of relief.

    “Right now, because of where I’m at, I can only take CBD. It helps me with my anxiety and gag reflex,” he told Green Flower.

    “This particular CBD that I’m on is called Alternative Vibes, and it has CBN which has been known to help with sleep – and it does,” he laughed.

    Unfortunately, he doesn’t have access to the one component of cannabis that could help ease his painful muscle spasms – tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC.

    “THC is what helps with my spasticity,” he explains. “I would like to focus on the whole plant, but where I’m at, I have to focus on CBD at the moment.”

    Leffler knows that he could probably access cannabis with THC on the black market, but he chooses not to. “I’m trying to get into cannabis industry, and I don’t want to get it on the black market.”

    One of his biggest aims is ultimately the lofty goal of federal legalization.

    Full Story Here: https://www.learngreenflower.com/articles/606/virginia-man-with-cerebral-palsy
     

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