Smoke Reports recently began filming for the upcoming campaign Faces of Cannabis. This project aims to highlight the human side of cannabis through stories of patients and their experiences with cannabis therapy. This multimedia campaign already has many participants, and yet there are still so many stories to tell. If you would like to share your experiences with the cannabis community, reach out to us through our contact page.
We got to spend the day with one of our first patient advocates, Linda Puliatch. Linda did not yet have a medical cannabis recommendation, so we were fortunate enough to document the entire process of a patient getting a cannabis card and exploring a dispensary for the first time.
Let’s Meet Linda: Brand New Medical Patient
We want all of the stories you hear through Faces of Cannabis to come directly from the patients themselves. In the very near future, we will be releasing the video content in which Linda reports on her experience with medical cannabis. In this blog however, we simply want to express the type of material that we believe is important to distribute throughout the community.
Linda is from Santa Cruz, California. She is approaching medical cannabis because circumstances in her life are different very now. After having major surgery, she now deals with symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, and was also on medication for depression. She wasn’t responding well to any of the pharmaceutical medication being prescribed to her by doctors.
“I didn’t like the chemicals. I didn’t like the pills. I didn’t like the anti-depressants they were giving me. I don’t like the way it makes you feel. It flattens your emotions. There are a limited amount of emotions you can have, high and low. It feels like you are living an artificial life.”
Linda’s daughter suggested she try cannabis therapy to try to alleviate some of her medical issues. Linda wants to control her anxiety and depression, and combat her troubles with sleeping. She also sees cannabis as a way to relax because she does not drink very often, but still wants to revel in similar social environments without feeling uncomfortable or out of place.
When we asked Linda about the information she was looking for that day, she expressed her desire for accurate knowledge. Like many people new to the medical cannabis community, it can be overwhelming to see the variety of cannabis products available. Especially for someone coming from a regimen of pharmaceuticals, knowing the effectiveness of a medicine is important to patients like Linda.
Getting a Medical Cannabis Card in San Francisco
This is not the first time we have documented someone’s experience getting a medical cannabis card. A few months ago, one of our users submitted a written log of his experience getting evaluated by a doctor for cannabis.
Linda’s experience getting her cannabis card for the first time shared many similar qualities with our previous story. She felt it was very much like a regular doctor’s office, with the same clean and secure feel. Linda also noted that she was impressed with the professionalism of the doctor, and how he was very informative and even provided some advice beyond cannabis use.
Checking Out the Nation’s Most Acclaimed Dispensary
Harborside Health Center in Oakland is one of the oldest and most acclaimed cannabis dispensaries in America. Founded by Steve DeAngelo in 2006, Harborside has been so successful in building its community that the city of Oakland fought federal government, asserting that HHC provides an indispensable public service, along with much needed tax dollars.
Linda was very impressed with Harborside Health Center, saying that it “felt more like a bank” than a place where a federally-illegal plant could ever be sold. Harborside employees quickly signed Linda in and gave her a tour of the facility. This is a common practice for dispensaries when accepting a first-time patient at their location.
Linda was also lucky enough to experience another common dispensary occurrence: product demos! Prana Capsules was displaying its medicine and answering question from patients like Linda. Linda was interested in the product’s alleged effectiveness against insomnia, but ended up not purchasing because this particular line of capsules ran for about $140 per bottle.
Linda was very excited to see all of the different flowers and products on display, and noted how organized it all seemed. After getting some more information from a Harborside bud tender, Linda decided on an Absolute Xtracts vaporizer cartridge, and some cannabis edibles created by brands like Kiva, Bhang, and Americann Gummi Cares. She also was happily surprised to receive her first-time patient freebie, a Solio Gem Drop.
We checked in with Linda a few days later to ask her how the cannabis therapy was going. She is very happy with the Kiva Terra Blueberry Bites, particularly the fact that each bite is only 5mg of THC, so it is really easy for her to dose the medicine without ever feeling overwhelmed by the potency.
Check Out Linda’s Video and More Stories from Faces of Cannabis
Linda’s story will be the first of many compelling looks at how cannabis can positively affect humanity. Here at Smoke Reports, we believe cannabis is an incredibly personal journey, and while the methods that work for Linda may not work for you, answers to her questions, concerns, and insights will benefit anyone who is contemplating cannabis therapy for their condition.
Makes sure to check out Linda’s video to hear the story in her own words. If you would like to join Linda as a Faces of Cannabis advocate, please reach out to us through our contact page. For the most up to date info on Smoke Reports, follow us on Twitter @smokereports or like us on our Facebook page. You can also join the discussion in the comments section below, or through our social media links.