High Mountain Health: Tell us a little bit about your journey with cannabis?
Patty: I broke my back when I was seven and I reinjured it when I was 14. By the time I was 19 I was addicted to everything the doctors gave me, which was, in my eyes, bad stuff. I went on to worst stuff and then in ’96 when I got my life together I realized I was in a lot of pain. I had ADD, I had social anxiety disorder, panic attacks and I didn’t know where to turn. When I read in the paper that they are doing medical marijuana cards in Flagstaff I couldn’t believe it! I went and got mine and I went to High Mountain Health. It has been about 5 years and back then it was called GrassRoots, and they were on Switzer. Everybody was made to feel like they were very important and that I really mattered.
HMH: How has cannabis improved your life? Why do you choose medicinal cannabis?
Patty: If it hadn’t been for High Mountain Health and their medicine I don’t know where I would be. I lost my son, my mother, my boss of 10 years, my house, and my dog all in five weeks. If it wasn’t for my medicine and my family at High Mountain Health I don’t know how I would have gotten through it—it definitely would have been a much different story. As far as it being a gateway drug, I started on the hard stuff and I ended on medical marijuana which is not addictive to me and cures all my ills without seven different pills and their side effects. It wasn’t my gateway drug but I’m glad it’s my ending medicine.
HMH: What are your favorite strains?
— Interview by Taylor Haynes.
** Interview gently edited for grammar and readability