Cannabis evolves as a hot-button issue, alternative therapy

Twelve years ago, Desiree Ivey was a 16-year-old high-schooler when she was first diagnosed with lupus nephritis. By the time she was 24, she was constantly fighting fatigue as she treated her painful advanced condition with various forms of medications, including — but not limited to — steroids, opioid prescriptions and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Then, she discovered an alternative pain relief medication that drastically reduce her reliance on mainstream prescription drugs.

Surprised, she went on a journey to learn all that she could about about the miracle drug, but instead found a handful of books and documentaries. While she had found a way to overcome the daily obstacle of pain, she also uncovered the stigma of cannabis as a therapy option

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