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Episode Audio

What You Will Learn in This Podcast

Who is Diseree Zacher? [1:53]
Why did Diseree get involved with Medical Marijuana? [4:01]
How does Diseree consume cannabis? [13:08]
Diseree’s advice for someone considering Medical Marijuana [21:03]
Diseree’s thoughts on abstinence for addiction treatment [22:49]
What does life look like for Diseree now? [31:14]
Diseree’s favorite Medical Marijuana strains [32:49]

Resources in This Episode

UtahMarijuana.org
IAmSaltLake.com
Utah in the Weeds Podcast
Dragonfly Wellness

Podcast Summary

Who is Diseree Zacher? [1:53]

Diseree is a Medical Marijuana patient. Originally from Utah, she began using marijuana for medical purposes within the last year. 

Why did Diseree get involved with Medical Marijuana? [4:01]

While in her 20s, Diseree experienced a variety of symptoms as a result of trauma, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and chronic pain. Her symptoms progressed to an inability to control her extremities, and fibromyalgia.

After becoming bedridden, she was forced to apply for Social Security Disability.

This started her on the path of requiring a number of medications to ease her symptoms: pain medications, stimulants, sleep medications, etc. This included narcotics, and psychiatric/antipsychotic medications. Over time, she required more and more medications, which led to full-blown addiction.

She began the process of attempting to heal her addiction, which then helped clear her head and expose her to all of the mental and physical issues she had.

About three years ago, Diseree began researching Medical Marijuana as an option for relief. Although finding information online was difficult, she learned that different strains can help sleep, anxiety, and pain. 

Since using cannabis to treat these symptoms, she was able to reduce her medications from 13 to just a couple. She’s returned to work full time and was recently promoted. She also rides a bike 20 miles a day. She credits this turn around to the cannabis industry.

How does Diseree consume cannabis? [13:08]

Diseree primarily consumes edibles and “dabs.” She is unhappy with the product selection in Utah, so she goes out of state for these products. However, Tim mentions that new products are coming onto the market that may satisfy what she is looking for.

Diseree’s advice for someone considering Medical Marijuana [21:03]

Diseree recommends that people who are considering consuming marijuana to educate themselves on the pros and cons of using cannabis. Also, she recommends that you set realistic goals when using cannabis.

Diseree’s thoughts on abstinence for addiction treatment [22:49]

Diseree believes that abstinence works. However, she believes that treating addiction with abstinence should be monitored by a professional.

Her belief is that we become addicted because we’re escaping a painful reality. For Diseree, that reality was sexual assault, physical pain, nightmares at night, anxiety, etc.

Now she uses Medical Marijuana, meditation, and yoga to relax and reconnect with her body and mind. 

Tim also believes that using cannabis in an addiction or recovery could act as an exit drug. For severe addictions, he agrees that it is important to have a professional helping you through recovery.

What does life look like for Diseree now? [31:14]

Diseree bikes 20 miles a day. She enjoys hiking and being in the outdoors. Also, she is currently the assistant manager for a local restaurant.

Diseree’s favorite Medical Marijuana strains [32:49]

Diseree prefers hybrid or indica strains. Wedding Cake is her favorite hybrid strain.

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