Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain before, during, or immediately after birth. The effects of Cerebral Palsy vary largely between individuals, but usually involve some type of movement dysfunction in the arms, legs, and/or face. While conventional treatments can help with symptoms, there is no cure.At age 12, Jacqueline began searching for a solution for stuttering, which is one of several potential Cerebral Palsy symptoms. She found The Emperor Wears no Clothes and was surprised at the purported medical value of cannabis, as it contradicted what she learned in the infamous anti-drug D.A.R.E. program.Learning About Cannabis
The first time Jacqueline tried cannabis, she immediately realized that for the first time in her life, she was not in pain. Her fingers were less hyperextended and her arm was less tense. Over time, Jacqueline found cannabis mitigated her speech spasms and muscle spasticity, and helps rebuild muscles after working out. In addition, cannabis has anxiolytic and appetite-stimulating properties that benefit her.
In the past, Jacqueline has tried muscle relaxers and the prescription medicine Provigal, but they were largely ineffective or caused significant side effects. She now uses a wide variety of cannabis products, and has tried “smoking joints, smoking bongs, smoking pipes, vaporizing oil, vaporizing herb, vaporizing wax, tinctures, teas, edibles, capsules, eating oil, hash eating, salves, lotions, patches, and dabs.” Jacqueline notes that dabs are remarkably effective for immediate pain relief, lasting twice as long as smoked cannabis.
Her specialty, the cannabis “dirty chai”, is a mixture of chai tea with ground cannabis, hot water, cream or almond milk (for fat), and espresso. Using a range of medicines allows Jacqueline to most comprehensively address her symptoms.Jacqueline believes transdermal cannabis patches and topical extracts will most effectively benefit other Cerebral Palsy patients. Such medicines can deliver sustained and targeted cannabis doses.