Shane Moore was prescribed opiates for a back injury years ago. He got hooked.
It took years to shake the habit and even longer to feel relief without painkillers.
“Sometimes I hit the floor it was so bad,” he said of his back pain, sitting in his Confederation neighbourhood apartment.
Moore discovered cannabis was effective as a pain reliever.
For Moore, cannabis is both a harm-reduction measure — it helped him kick opiates — and a medicine. He said it treats both his pain and his anxiety.
He was prescribed 3 grams of cannabis a day by his family doctor, with his psychiatrist’s blessing.
Moore prefers to vape cannabis concentrate. To achieve his daily dose, he requires 5-10 grams of dried flower, which he gives to a friend to process into concentrate.
If he were to purchase the prescribed amount from a Health Canada supplier, it would cost him $1,500 every month.
But Moore is on income assistance. He can’t afford that much for medicine.