Medical marijuana is a controversial topic in many places, but for Carol Francey, it's how she manages several medical conditions. The 70-year-old grandmother claims that smoking cannabis has helped her throw away all of the pills that she was taking for arthritis, sciatica and insomnia.
Francey believes that smoking has helped her enjoy a better quality of life, and that it could help other people feel more comfortable.
"We need to help older people have a better quality of life," she said. "Cannabis helps you to overcome anxiety about day-to-day life and stop sweating the small stuff."
She is allowed to grow her own marijuana because of the medical prescription she has. Francey says that since she started smoking she has noticed that she hasn't needed her other medications. "I threw away all my pills. They had slurred my speech and affected my balance. Now [I have] a little concentrated oil which relaxes, soothes, repairs and prevents illnesses."
She uses it in different ways, depending on what she wants to treat. "A hot coffee with a toasty cannabis tincture works well for arthritis, pain and sleep," s said. "[I'll inhale] a dab for sciatica and I'm after that I can walk...I'm eating healthy foods, walking daily, doing yoga, a little meditation and writing too."