Marijuana Helps Seniors Get Off Drugs
Meet Sue Taylor the focus of the great li’l documentary above from Reason.TV. Taylor’s an ex-catholic school principal who helps senior citizens score weed. Yep, nowadays Sue is following a new calling; it’s her mission to not only help seniors get off harmful and ultra expensive pharmaceutical drugs, but to spread the good word about medical marijuana and put an end to the stigma of medical cannabis forever.
Aging sucks, dude. You can bet that your grandma isn’t the only senior who’s dealing with shit like insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and a shitload of various skin ailments. And guess what Steve DeAngelo of Oakland’s famed Harborside Health Center sells that’s great for all those conditions? That’s right, weed. And lots of it, man. WEED, he says, is great for dealing with all these different conditions. “Talk to almost anybody over 65-years-old and there’s a list of medications that they’re taking. And very often, the side-effects from those medications are worse than the symptoms they’re supposedly treating.”
Trading in pills for pot
Many of the seniors Sue works with at the dispensary are on an excess of 20 pills a day. She says, “they know deep within their heart that something isn’t working, but they don’t know what.” She also goes on to say that, “managing symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs has kept us locked in a box and has robbed us of the joy and the happiness that was given to us by our creator.”
It was members of Sue’s family that turned her on to pot. She respected them enough to give it a try. Prior to that the thought of weed as medicine had never crossed her mind. “I did the research. I read everything…and I saw the benefits of medical cannabis,” Sue remarks about her gig at the Harborside.
Check out this video to hear what seniors have to say about weed:
- “It makes you happier.”
- “Medical marijuana is about the safest drug on the planet.”
- “Cannabis is the way to go, it really is a great alternative.”
- “I’ve been a happy camper—it’s working good for me.”
And what does sweet li’l Sue Taylor say about treating the effects of aging with the devil’s weed? “I don’t take pills, and my life is wonderful. And yours can be too.”
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