Roland Higginbotham of Oakland, Maine was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis at a young age of only 6 months old. Roland has been facing an uphill battle with this disease ever since. Spinal Meningitis is a very painful disease that causes the membranes enclosing the spinal cord and the brain to become inflamed. This inflammation causes severe pain in the back, muscles, or neck. If not treated, meningitis can lead to brain swelling and cause permanent disability, coma, and even death.
In order to cope with his illness, Roland was consuming up to 24 different medications a day. He was taking MS Contin, Vicodin, Morphine, Methadone, and more. All these pain meds made Roland feel sick and like he could not function. Roland even said that taking all of these pills made “life seem very, very HOPELESS”. Roland described his condition as carrying around a “half-dead body” for his entire life.
Because of the deep, deep nerve pain from the Meningitis, nothing seemed to work. Roland felt that he was just getting more fat and sick with each passing day. At the age of 54, Roland finally decided to give medical cannabis a try in attempt to turn his life around.
After transitioning from pharmaceutical pills to medical marijuana, Roland finally weaned himself off most of his medications and currently only consumes 6 medications a day. Roland no longer needs his diabetes medication or his pain medications due to the great benefits of medical marijuana. Since being off his pharmaceutical medications, he has lost 230 lbs and is now down to weighing about 290 lbs. Roland told us that he now weighs less than when he was 16 years old! Roland has lost 2 feet and 2 inches off his waist and went from wearing a size 68 pants to now wearing a size 42! Roland stated that after his transition to medical marijuana he “feels like living again!”
There is no question in Roland’s mind that medical cannabis saved his life. Thanks to medical marijuana, Roland can finally enjoy life again. Roland describes his life now as sweet and enjoyable—all because of medical marijuana.
Cannabis has the potential to reshape and rewrite thousands of lives. Roland is one story out of thousands that helps shed light on the true potential.
In sharing his story, Roland “hopes the world wakes up and sees the benefits of Medical marijuana.”