On a typical day, Daphnée Elisma will fire up her vaporizer and inhale roughly three grams of marijuana.
She can go through a quarter-pound of weed a month, spending about $500 in the process.
But Elisma, 41, isn’t what you might call a burnout.
She’s in her third year of law school at Université de Sherbrooke. Like more than 40,000 Canadians, Elisma is licensed to use medical marijuana. She says the drug helps manage her chronic pain and makes it possible for her to keep up with the demanding schedule of a full-time law student.
Elisma describes the pain in vivid terms.
It trickles down her flesh like “an army of ants.” She also feels it under her skin, like a “constant stabbing” in her armpit. If she jots down notes with a pen for more than a few minutes, Elisma’s says her arm goes limp.It began two years ago, after doctors removed a cancerous tumour from Elisma’s breast. She went into remission but developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — which researchers believe is caused by damage to the central or peripheral nervous system.