My name is Patrick Loeffler. I'm 50 years old and I have Intractable Epilepsy. I was diagnosed with epilepsy 3 years ago but I truly feel it's something I've had all my life. Since my grand mal seizures have started 3 years ago I have tried 5 different seizure medications with varied results. I have had some of the worst side effects you can describe known to a man. By saying I have had Epilepsy all my life I mean I have been undiagnosed my entire adult life. My recreational love and usage of Cannabis was for good reason. My life.
My recreational use was actually self medicating unknowingly. 9 years ago I received a new job of authority. I truly stopped recreational smoking and that's when my issues and seizures became prevalent. I was having a seizure from the right side of my brain and it was then stopping my heart. 12 different times, with 18 seconds being the longest pause. The next day was my pacemaker. Then the Mayo Clinic was able to determine my seizure was stopping my heart after that.
Going through the 5 different seizure medications led my Neurologist to recommend me a CBD Oil card. Great! Only problem, I cannot get the CBD Oil that controls my seizure activity in the state of Iowa. I have been using a CBD Oil that I acquire that is a 3:1 ratio. 3 parts CBD and 1 part THC.
To date I am off 2 heart medications, 2 diabetes medications, 5 different seizure medications, down 90 lbs, driving myself and I have my quality of life back. I attribute this entirely to my education, respect and medical usage of Cannabis for my quality of life!
Revelations 22:2 "....and the leaves and trees are for the healing of the nation."
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