I think it’s time someone wrote about marijuana and cerebral palsy. I have a mild case of cerebral palsy. My speech is slowed. My hands clench when I let them. I often have tightness in my legs. That’s just how life is for me. Could be better, could be worse. But I’ve found that cannabis helps. The words flow easier when I’m talking. My hands clench far less often. Most nights I can even get to sleep with no trouble instead of being up till 4 a.m. with leg tightness. My life is better because I discovered marijuana. The times when I’ve had to go without for extended periods of time are more than enough proof of that.
I’ve found that I function best when I consume throughout the day. This is me knowing my body, feeling the tightness come and go, understanding my speech patterns and being intimately familiar with all the ways words get lost and jumbled along the way. I can tell when I’m at maximum relief. Once I reach a certain level of consumption, my symptoms fade as far into the background as they can go. And that is exactly where I like to keep them.