Using Cannabis When You Might Lose An Eye

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This weekend at the cannabis farmer’s market I struck up a conversation with a guy who made me appreciate a little bit more what we have here in Washington. He relocated himself a few years ago to this state from Arkansas specifically to be able to use medical cannabis. Medicinal cannabis does not exist at this time in Arkansas and even if he could get cannabis it is frequently from Mexico and poor quality compared to the specific high-grade strains that he can have safe access to here. He told me that he moved here 90% so he could have access to medical marijuana and 10% because of the visual beauty of the state.

It would seem that visual beauty is a major bonus for a man who has been dealing with severe eye issues ever since he was 12.  That particular Christmas Eve, he had a black light blow up in his face, severely damaging his eye, and forever affecting the way he sees the world. Since that night he has endured lens implants, cornea transplants, years of doctors appointments, pharmaceutical medications, and lets not leave out the 22 days that he literally had to stare at the ground 24/7 so his eye could heal after one of his most recent surgeries. Now, at age 29 this man finds himself with mounting medical bills, a limiting visual and physical disability, more surgery on his eye, or removing it altogether leaving him with one eye and the option of a patch or a fake eye. Heavy stuff.


I asked him how cannabis helps him. He told me that when he smokes certain strains of cannabis, such as Sour Diesel or Cinex, the pressure above and around his eyes is relieved and released. He uses indica strains help to relieve the facial and neck strain and he has been able to use cannabis medibles after surgery so he wouldn’t have to use as much of the pharmaceutical drugs that negatively affect his digestive system. Above all else, one of the most important things that cannabis does is to help him have moments where he is able to forget about his eye. It helps him navigate socially when getting out to be able to look at the people in the eyes and in turn have people see his eyes.

Now, if somebody from across the room had been watching our conversation it is unlikely that they would have known that we were perfect strangers talking about somebody’s eye possibly getting removed. We were laughing and cracking jokes between the serious sentences about his situation. It turns out there are a lot of good eye jokes out there. 

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I sat in that conversation appreciating another human who is able to find humor in the chronic darkness that they have to carry around daily and still face the world with a smile. I appreciated that he was also able to sit through my horrible jokes like, “Which one is your good eye? (hahaha) ” Really, TwiceBaked? Nothing about that is funny.

I walked away from our conversation feeling uplifted, grateful for only my own problems, and thinking about where I might be able to create more humor, positivity, and lightness to deal with my chronic challenges.

I asked him what he might want to say to the people of  Washington if I wrote about him and he told me he hopes people here stop at least once a day to take in and appreciate the visual beauty that we have here in the Evergreen State.

I couldn’t agree more.



3 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for the sweet well written story
    and reminding me to be grateful/thankful!


  2. Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.


  3. Reblogged this on Cannabis Journal.


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