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Awareness of ALS has been growing in recent weeks with the #icebucket challenge, but Cathy’s story is something even more inspiring and unbelievable. Now an avid advocate for medical marijuana, her experiences show how we continue to find more uses for weed.

 Weed Helps ALS Patient Outlive Her Own Doctors

Weed Helps ALS Patient Outlive Doctors & Diagnosis

By The Stoner's Cookbook

In 1986, Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Nearly 3 decades after her diagnosis, she continues to live with the help of medicinal marijuana.

  • What is ALS?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and is characterized by the loss of limb control, breathing and speech.

  • Originally given 3-5 years to live

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    3 decades after her diagnosis, Cathy has outlived 5 support groups and 4 neurologists. Doctors were required to fill out paperwork in order to prove to the state of Florida that she was still alive.

  • Skeptical Doctors

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Initially, doctors wouldn't accept the idea that marijuana-use was responsible for extending Cathy's life span. Many believed that it would actually impair her lung function.

  • Recent Research

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    Recent research has shown that THC & cannabinoids have halted the progression of ALS in mice. Studies also show that cannabis helps ALS patients relieve pain, spasticity, drooling, and appetite loss.

  • Neuroprotective Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Cannabis is a neuroprotective antioxidant that reduces the oxidative stress caused by neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS. As an anti-inflammatory, it also helps users alleviate pain.

  • Fighting for the right to live

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    “There are ALS patient associations that fight for the right of patients to die with dignity. But what about my right to life?” asks Cathy. “Keeping my medicine illegal removes my right to life.”

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