People like Jane Couch, a father and husband from the Pacific Northwest.
“Running. I loved to run,” recounts Couch.
While states universally recognize MS as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, Couch had no desire to use a drug that he’d long associated with “Lazy stoners.” Eventually he had a change of heart.
Doctors prescribed Couch, a native of Bend, Oregon, 16 different drugs, none of which were developed specifically for MS. “They gave me a massive cocktail of drugs,” he recalls. “Valium for anxiety. Percocet and OxyContin for pain. Ritalin to keep me from nodding off.” Couch continues, “Steroids. Antidepressants. Drugs for spasms and digestive issues. And, drugs to treat drug interactions!”
I asked Coach why he didn’t consider cannabis, which by then was legal in Oregon.
“Cannabis was dangerous. Was the government lying? Cannabis was a ScheduleD drug – just like heroin!” But, Couch’s drugs weren’t very effective, and caused severe side effects like seizures.
Can Medical Cannabis be Used as Multiple Sclerosis Treatment? Medical Cannabis as an MS Treatment Option Because multiple sclerosis is a progressive illness, things weren’t getting better for Couch. Cannabis, MS, and The Comeback Kid Jabe Couch, Medical cannabis Patient It’s been a long road for Couch, but today he couldn’t be happier. Couch spends time in his garden, not only growing his own cannabis, but also fruits and vegetables. Couch uses a variety of methods to consume his medication. Even more remarkable, Couch claims that not only has his MS halted, MRI show signs that it’s regressing.
The best thing about cannabis? “For years, my face was so numb, I couldn’t feel anything,” recounts Couch. While cannabis is gaining popularity, it’s good to know that the plant is still under clinical trials. There are still many unanswered questions on the plant, especially for medicinal purposes.