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Medical Marijuana Patients Make Products for Relief

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Some medical marijuana patients are making their own pain relief products to cope with their symptoms. Some medical marijuana patients are making their own pain relief products to cope with their symptoms.

KENNEWICK, WA - Some medical marijuana patients are making their own pain relief products to cope with their symptoms.

Marijuana leaves make their way into several recipes in Bobbi Floyd's kitchen.

She has suffered from chronic back pain for years and prescription drugs didn't give her relief, but cannabis does.

"Cannabis makes my chronic pain 50 percent less than if I'm on prescription drugs," said Floyd.

Floyd starts her day with a common breakfast item, a smoothie, but this one includes marijuana leaves. The leaves work as an anti-inflammatory and don't make her high.

Doctors told Floyd her prescription medications were doing more harm than help and that's when she turned to marijuana.

"He flat out said, you are on borrowed time with your kidneys. You either get off ibuprofen or you will end up with a kidney disease," Floyd said.

Floyd makes a salve to rub on her back, like a sports cream. To make the salve she mixes wax, olive oil and weed water on the stove top.

Floyd gets that dark green water by blending ground up leaves and some water. She even freezes the water for ice cubes to place in drinks.

Floyd uses several forms of medical marijuana to relieve her pain, but she says the products she makes give her more than physical relief.

"It makes me feel empowered that I have control over something I never thought I did," Floyd said.

Floyd says she knows medical marijuana can be a taboo topic for some people, but turning to the drug for medical reasons has changed her outlook on marijuana. And it's healed her body in ways she didn't think would ever be possible.

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