See How Medical Marijuana Helped Treat This Woman’s Trigeminal Neuralgia

Buzzfeed's Kelsey Darragh captured her journey into cannabis.

Trigeminal Neuralgia
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If you’re a fan of Buzzfeed and its video department, you probably know of Kelsey Darragh. She is the “loud-mouthed, no-filtered, boss ass, bitch producer,” as she called herself. But Darragh also suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), a very intense and serious neuropathic pain disorder. It emanates from the Trigeminal Nerve, found within your brain’s center, and transmits sensations from your brain to your face.

TN causes that transmission to malfunction and creates some of the worst pain imaginable. With unbearable pain in the neck, jaw, and face, it is compared to severe burns, childbirth, and a bite of a bullet ant, as Darragh explained. This pain is so debilitating that it’s caused some to take their own lives.

Darragh has sought multiple remedies to alleviate the pain, including expensive surgeries, acupuncture, and botox injections. None have provided resolution.

“I’m at a point in my life and in my pain where I’m willing to try anything,” she said.

This led her to medical marijuana. It was the one option she’d yet to explore. Though she experimented in high school, the plant’s stigma and adverse reactions to being “high,” caused her to stop.

Darragh decided to document her exploration of medical marijuana, learning some essential information like CBD vs. THC, the various ways to consume cannabis (topicals, tinctures, edibles), and how the medical association of the plant is historical and not a recent development.

Check out the video above. It provides valuable information on medical marijuana in a digestible manner.

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