Pubdate: Tue, 31 Oct 2000
Source: Colchester Evening Gazette (UK)
Copyright: 2000, Quicksilver Media
Contact:  43-44 North Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 1TZ
Fax: 01206 508295
Author: withheld


I HAVE read with interest the different views as to the use of cannabis
resin and the reasons why people indulge.

A few years ago my beloved wife became ill and was in some considerable
pain. Sleep for her at night was a rare treat.

Then one evening my eldest son come to see his mother and after a while he
asked if he could have a smoke!

My wife said he could, so he made a joint (my wife then was in such a state
of mind that almost anything could be done). After a little time had passed
I asked her if she would like a puff; "Not blooming likely," she said. After
a little pressure and assurance that it might help her with the discomfort
and sleepless nights, she had a puff or two. "What's supposed to happen
now," she asked. "Not a lot," we told her. She would feel light-headed and
couldn't care less about anything. We then made a stronger smoker and we, my
son, myself, and my wife smoked the joint. The next morning my wife told me
that she had had the best night's sleep for a hell of a long time. This made
me very happy, so from then on in the evening we would both indulge.
Druggies? I hardly think so, when my tortured wife did have a good night's
sleep after having a little smoke of one of nature's plants. When I told the
doctor what we were doing to ease my wife's suffering and getting her some
sleep he told me: "Put it in cakes. It will do less harm than the tobacco
you are inhaling in the joints". He also admitted to me that he indulged.

When my wife passed away, after 36 years of married life, I was devastated.
I got stoned nearly every evening for about a fortnight. Then I realised
that this was not the way to go.

So I stopped and concentrated on a home study course to read and learn, in
those lonely evenings at home.

Name and address withheld by request
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