Since I grew up in the southern section of the country, I was basically raised in what is considered the Bible Belt. People around those parts tend to frown upon the use of marijuana, or as they like to call it “Devil Lettuce”, for any reason whatsoever. I leaned to their side of the debate, mostly since that was how I was raised and told to think. Well, that’s how I used to think, until I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease last year. Symptoms can vary with the type of inflammatory bowel disease that I have, which makes it hard to pin down what form I have. My symptoms have usually included abdominal pain and cramping, which sometimes can be enough to stop me in my tracks. Even though our doctor has tried every kinds of pain medication or treatment to help with the cramping and pain, we’ve had no success with managing the symptoms. The other day I was reading up on an article focused on the positive effects of medical marijuana, and how it can be effective at helping people much like myself and others with inflammatory bowel disease, crohn’s disease, and other gastrointestinal issues. Well, the pain has worsened over the last few months, so I decided to try the medical marijuana as pain treatment with my doctor’s approval! I was afraid at first of the side effects that the marijuana would have on me. Mainly, I was anxious that the medicinal marijuana would make me feel high. I didn’t want that to happen – I still have a job that requires me to be alert. I was satisfied to experience the medical grade of marijuana though, as it doesn’t have that effect at all. The cannabinoids have been very helpful with pain management for me, and medical marijuana has had no noticeable side effects in my case. I would recommend trying cannabinoids to anyone who might be dealing with a chronic disease much like inflammatory bowel disease!