My good friend Andy, was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) three months ago which came complete with debilitating anxiety, which also helped him secure his medical marijuana card. He told me that on his first visit to the Compassionate Care Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Bethel, he actually had a panic attack while waiting to be seen.He told me the dispensary staff was kind, considerate, and were trained on how to settle down an individual in the throws of a severe panic attack. He was able to meet for a one on one with the medical doctor who asked him several questions about his PTSD and anxiety so they could zero in on which strain of marijuana would be best suited for his issue.

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Brian Tomasulo is a personal trainer in Newtown who collapsed at work one day in May of 2014. After being rushed to the hospital, he found out he had a tumor on the frontal cortex of his brain. After successful surgery he told the News-Times, "I didn't know what things were. I didn't know what my phone was. I had to relearn how to do everything, how to add one plus one, how to talk."

He called the days after his surgery absolutely "brutal!" He was one of the first patients at Compassionate Care. Tomasulo said that not only did the marijuana help his pain and anxiety, but has stopped his tumors from growing.

Studies have shown that cannabis can slow the growth or, in some cases, kill specific kinds of cancer cells that grow in lab dishes. Compassionate Care owner, Angela D'Amico has about 300 patients who were able to stop using opiates after they were prescribed medical marijuana. She went on to say, "We don't just treat the body, we do nutrition, we treat the mind, body, and spirit."

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