Libby Smith (25), from Mission Viejo, CA who moved to
Albuquerque, NM as a teenager, starting consuming cannabis as a teenager. As a
teen, she didn’t think much of it, without the knowledge of her parents
knowing. Even though it was never demonized in her family she decided not to
tell them until she was an adult. Once she told them, they were very supportive
of her career and that she uses it to treat her diagnosis.
Slowly Libby started using cannabis to treat her mental
health issues after going through the gauntlet of different antidepressants and
anxiety medications. When she used medical marijuana to address her mental
health issues, she felt like herself again. She felt like she had regained her
life back using medical cannabis versus using medications to treat her PTSD.
Libby explained that when she used pharmaceuticals to treat her mental health,
she felt like she was numb, out of place, and forgetful. Not soon after, Libby
was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – MS and was able to manage her symptoms
with medical cannabis. She tearfully explained she was able to regain control
of her health and life again. She currently uses medical cannabis to treat her
MS and PTSD.
After working for various retail jobs, waitressing, and
being a nanny, she felt like she was unfulfilled in her professional life.
Driving in Carlsbad, she passed by a billboard advertising a medical cannabis
dispensary was coming into town soon. She couldn’t believe that it was coming
soon that she drove back to make sure the sign was real.
Libby jumped at the opportunity to be a part of an industry
that helped her get her life back. While working in the industry, she seized
every chance she could to educate herself and patients about the benefits of
medical cannabis. She wanted to ensure that she was up to date with the
ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana. Libby tearfully explained, “The
biggest thing is to watch a patient get their power back. Giving people their
life back will never get old to me”. That experience drives her to ensure she
is giving each patient she assists with compassion, empathy, and education. Her
drive and passion shine through helping the patients that come through Pecos
Valley Production – Carlsbad.