My name is Aleksandr Otero. I have never been much of a drinker. I don’t even smoke tobacco and am a pretty healthy person. However, when it comes to cannabis I am a big supporter. I discovered cannabis last year around September 2012 and I don’t regret ever finding this magnificent plant. It really has changed my life and made me a happier person and I’ve even met new friends along the road. I believe it has more health benefits than most over the counter medicines.
For instance it helps ease the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome, stops seizures, helps prevent migraines (and get rid of them), helps multiple sclerosis, ADD and ADHD. For myself, having eczema and asthma, I find it helps me avoid stress. When I use cannabis my symptoms are greatly reduced. Without cannabis I find myself staying up rubbing and scratching my skin until it is more than sore, I find it hard to move and I am in a lot of pain. This also affects my college work and the grades I get as I tend to miss a lot of college from being awake until 4 or 5 in the morning. People would say things like, ‘There are many great medicines on the market for people with eczema’. No, I’m sorry but that is not true for everyone. I went to one of the best doctors in the world at Great Ormond Street hospital who put me on a combination of medicine to try to help relieve the eczema, even steroids, at such a young age! I hated using steroids. This also affected the way I acted around people as I didn’t like people looking at my bad skin, so I would stay in and be very anti-social. To this day I am still a bit self conscious because it is not easy to get hold of the cannabis I need to ease my symptoms.
It has changed my way of life and the way I think about things. I feel like a new man and I would do anything to enable more people to realise that cannabis is the way forward. I go around my college and talk to my teachers on the subject of legalising cannabis and where they stand on this subject. If they are against it I try my best to explain why it should be legal and so far I have had many opinions changed. Not all though… Yet!
More people need to realise that cannabis use is not necessarily harmful and can even be beneficial for many things, especially if used in moderation recreationally or with a specific dosage and potency for medicinal use. Dr. Sanjay Gupta was once against anyone using cannabis but he recently changed his opinion for the better. More doctors and politicians need to be like Dr. Gupta and realise it is time for a change. No more prohibiting things that people need! All I am saying is more people need to stand up against it being illegal and fight for your rights and your freedom to do things that you need for your own health.
The government should not be allowed to tell you what you should or shouldn’t put in YOUR body.
We should all have the right to be able to grow cannabis in our gardens/grow rooms without the police coming in busting down our doors for something that is a natural plant! It’s on the earth for a reason, banning something that is from the earth itself is outright stupid. Make it legal and take it off the streets where gangs and cartels control it. If it was legal we could know what we are smoking and what strain we need for our health benefit.
By Aleksandr Otero – Surrey Cannabis Club