Chelsea Leyland’s Big Crusade for Cannabis

People will often ask Chelsea Leyland, who was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy at 13 years old, if she’s high.

“Everyone associates cannabis with getting stoned,” she says. “But that’s not what it is. It’s medicine.”

The New York-based British DJ and actress quickly begins to list the benefits of CBD oil (a natural, non-psychoactive concentrate extracted from hemp used to treat everything from back pain and migraines, to PTSD and concussions, to epilepsy and autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia), while railing against the western medicine she took for 16 years that left her suffering side effects like heart palpitations, panic attacks, fear, anxiety, insomnia and memory loss.

“Everyone associates cannabis with getting stoned. But that’s not what it is. It’s medicine.”

“There were so many things about myself that I questioned: is this my personality, or is this because I take medication, or is this because I’m

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