Source: By Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Susan Lind-Kane, a medical marijuana patient who lives in Sandy, travels weekly to Canna-Daddy’s Wellness Center, a dispensary in Southeast Portland, to pick up the cannabis-infused candies she consumes to help her cope with severe arthritis. The product she purchased, called Gummiez, was tested by The Oregonian/OregonLive. February 5, 2015. Beth Nakamura/Staff
A consumer’s perspective Severe arthritis has taken a toll on Susan Lind-Kanne.
The 59-year-old’s knees, back, shoulder and even her toes ache. Her fingers bend awkwardly, making it impossible to lift a smooth water glass. Her hands can only grasp mugs with handles.
When the pain is too much, she resorts to Vicodin. The rest of the time she relies on cannabis-infused candies.
Her favorites: cherry blaster, cherry cola and watermelon flavored Gummiez, small candies popular on Oregon’s medical marijuana market.
Gummiez are sold according to potency. Lind-Kanne sticks mostly with ones that contain 10 milligrams of THC, since it’s pain relief she’s after, not a high. Depending on how she feels, she sometimes opts for the candies with 25 milligrams.
The Oregonian/OregonLive included Gummiez in its testing of edible marijuana products. The label said each candy contained 25 milligrams of THC. The analysis found they had 4.95 milligrams.
A representative for Gummiez could not be reached for comment.
If there’s a disparity between what’s on the label and what’s in the candy, Lind-Kanne said she doesn’t notice.
“Even at that strength it gives me relief,” said Lind-Kanne, who lives in Sandy.
Marijuana’s nothing new for Lind-Kanne, who is retired from working as a recruiter for companies looking for IT workers. She’s grown cannabis at home and was a longtime recreational consumer before becoming an Oregon medical marijuana patient about five years ago.
She occasionally smokes cannabis, but nowadays she sticks mostly with Gummiez, which she compared to a cough drop with a faint smell of cannabis.
She discovered edible marijuana about two years ago when she stopped by a medical marijuana dispensary in Sandy. The colorful candies caught her eye.
“I said, ‘Well, those look kind of fun. Let me try one of those,'” she said.
Lind-Kanne popped one into her mouth. About 10 minutes later, the throbbing pain that wracked her hands began to subside. She could move her fingers.
“I just went, ‘Oh my God, look!” she said, opening and closing her hands.
Smoking marijuana isn’t nearly as effective or as long-lasting as eating it, she said. She figures she’d have to puff on a pipe for much longer to get the same relief she gets from a single candy, which helps her manage pain for up to three hours at a time.
Lind-Kanne doesn’t leave home without an unmarked plastic pill bottle of Gummiez. She recently flew to Minneapolis and home again with the bottle tucked into her purse.
“Those plane seats get my back really bad,” she said. “I sat there and had a few Gummiez and watched ‘House of Cards’ on the little TV.”
— Noelle Crombie