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Veedverks in the Clinic: Can Vaping Be Medicine?


September 04, 2017

Last week, I had a patient tell my staff that we should not be selling vaporizer pens. Clearly, this comment came from pure ignorance about the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and unawareness of why some patients may choose to administer CBD through a vaporizer. But I practice in an agricultural city in the middle of Illinois, and let’s just say it’s not the most forward thinking community. I am sure she envisions the vape lounge across the street where people sit in the dark blowing vapor clouds to disco lights and music for recreation. However, that could not be further from what I am trying to accomplish when I recommend Veedverks to my patients.

I am a sports medicine chiropractic physician and I have a confession. I use Veedverks everyday, discretely, in my office, and I recommend it to my patients. I have been a fitness enthusiast all of my life and sustained a devastating nerve crushing injury in my lower back and leg last fall. After failing many conservative measures, I had to undergo spinal surgery.  I had a complication from surgery and have spent the past year getting back on my feet. I was given various narcotics and muscle relaxers but they didn’t help the pain. The side effects were intolerable, so I opted out of medication and just dealt with the pain. My anxiety was through the roof, I couldn’t sleep, and my blood pressure was at a constant 160/110. Knowing one of the owners of the company, my fiancé suggested I try Veedverks. I took one puff, and I instantly felt relief. Since that day, I have never stopped using the product. I am able to sleep and  focus on my kids and work. Although I am not fully recovered yet, I am no longer a slave to the pain. Remarkably, after 2 months of use my blood pressure is completely normal.

As someone who treats neurological pain for a living, I was passionate that this was something I needed to share with my patients. I started talking to patients about the product and started selling Veedverks in my practice. The results have been life changing for people. I had a patient just today tell me that after only 2 days of use, he has cut his narcotic use in half and is able to sleep without Ambien.  I have another patient who is on Oxycontin, was unable to sleep, and was considering turning to street drugs to ease her pain. She is now finding relief, and sleep, with Veedverks.  I have patients with Lyme’s disease, anxiety, depression, TMJ, and insomnia who are getting symptom relief with the product.              

I have spent the past 15 years of my life committed to helping patients who suffer from debilitating spinal pain.  In my worst nightmare, I would not have never imagined I would be in their shoes. But I believe that this experience has made me a more compassionate and understanding doctor and would not have come to know the true benefits CBD can offer. I love that I can provide something all-natural and safe to my patients that decreases their need for dangerous narcotics. So, maybe some patients don’t think it’s appropriate to sell vaporizer pens, but in a country with a major opioid epidemic, I feel it would be a disservice for me not to.

 


Dr Kristin White is an owner of The Back Institute, a chiropractic practice in Forsyth, Illinois.  She writes a monthly article for veedverks.com about the healing and therapeutic benefits she has witnessed from Veedverks products.  She has been practicing chiropractic medicine since 2002.  The Back Institute is the first clinic to carry Veedverks products and recommend them to patients.


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