Weedera® | We the Patients
Weedera® is a place created by a patient where patients can share their medical experiences treating themselves or their pets with various cannabis products and find the nearest dispensary where to purchase them.
About Me, The Founder
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration | Major: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2001
Real Estate Broker
The Loft Exchange®
Selling and leasing lofts in Downtown Los Angeles Since 2008
La Luz Del Dia
Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Strain of Cannabis
My name is Michael Ferguson. I’m 45 years old and I have been medicating myself with cannabis for the past 20 years.
I was born with clubbed feet and knee joints that lacked the shape needed to keep my kneecaps in place. The frequent knee dislocations throughout my life damaged the ligaments in my legs and left me walking bone-on-bone by the time I reach the age of 30. My feet were corrected at the age of 1 but it wasn’t until later that I would have knee surgery.
My previous doctor performed several procedures on me at the age of 8 and 16. Each of which were unsuccessful and a big let down for me. I was always very anxious not to be able to play sports with my friends during my school years.
After the second surgery, my doctor told me that there was nothing more he could do for me because I was too young to have the only procedure he thought could make any difference - the complete replacement of both knees - and that I would have to wait until I was older. When I was old enough for the procedure I would be denied health insurance because the deformity of my knees at birth was deemed a pre-existing condition. Consequently, I was forced to tolerate the pain and discomfort in my knees for another 15 years. It wasn’t until a law was passed in my country (the U.S.) prohibiting health insurance companies from denying people like me health coverage for having a pre-existing condition that I was able to have coverage again at the age of 42.
I created Weedera® while in recovery from surgeries I underwent in 2016 and 2017 involving the complete replacement of both of my knee joints, the removal of screws placed in my knees during the procedure I had at the age of 8, and the repositioning/tightening of tendons in my legs that were repositioned during both that surgery and another one I had at the age of 17.
Cannabis has helped me to deal with several conditions, including the stress of having to live without health insurance the majority of my adult life while trying to deal with several health issues, such as my knee problems and a bacterial stomach infection (helicopacter pylori) that caused me to experience negative reactions each time I'd eat anything solid between the years 2010 and 2013. I have also found it to be very helpful for the treatment of anxiety, depression, inflammation, insomnia, and the pain I have experienced. I’m very grateful to cannabis every time I think of how many more pharmaceutical drugs I would have had to take throughout my life if I had not been such a stoner. :)
My knees no longer dislocate now that they have been completely replaced but are still very painful to stand and walk on. My health insurance was unwilling to give me the needed amount of physical therapy treatment after each surgery contributing to the development of scar tissue (arthrofibrosis) which has prevented me from enjoying my new knees for almost four years after my last surgery. They only wanted to give me the amount of physical treatment that is given to a regular knee replacement patient but I was a knee replacement patient who also had a lot of other work performed during the same surgery that made my circumstances different which they were incapable of recognizing.
The scar tissue that developed as a result of the surgeries restricts my knees from bending past 90 degrees and has caused them to become more and more difficult and painful to bend after standing or walking for even just short periods of time. This condition of mine has been getting progressively worse and is now to the point that my hips are beginning to partially dislocate when I walk because I’m walking with such bad form.
Cannabis and the project of creating this website has helped me stay productive and sane during this extended recovery period and condition for which I’m growing increasingly concerned.
Please share it with anyone you know who might have a medical experience treating themselves with cannabis that they would like to share with others.
Below are testimonials I have posted on the site about my experience using various cannabis products.
Treating knee pain and inflammation with RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) after knee replacement surgery.
Treating knee pain with a topical cannabis salve - Baba Salve by Omm Remedies
Treating knee pain with cannabis lotion - Extra Strength Body Creme by Apothecanna
I dedicate this site to my friends and family members who have passed away and could have potentially benefited from the use of medical cannabis if it had been better understood and accessible during their lifetime.
I'd like to thank Open Source Technologies, Inc. for help in the development of his website.