When Dr. Junella Chin was 17-years-old, she was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoinflammatory disease of the spine in which the vertebrae begin to fuse together. Eventually, the spine begins to lose mobility. As she progressed through medical school, her condition worsened, and chronic pain hindered her ability to work in the hospital.
Finally, one of her attendings gave her a cannabis tincture to see if it would help her pain. After years and years of little to no relief with every treatment she tried, Dr. Chin finally found a solution. Though she had to overcome her fear of the stigma surrounding cannabis, Dr. Chin was inspired by her own pain relief and set out to learn as much as she could about medical marijuana. Now, she has integrated medical marijuana into her family practice and helps others find relief through cannabis. Learn more about her journey to cannabis and why we need more research into the field.