Like many of her friends, Alexandra Callner, now 58, experimented with recreational marijuana when she was younger.
"I had tried it, and hated it, in my 20s," Callner says. "When I was around pot smokers, I thought, 'Ugh, losers.' ''
But, that was before her knee arthritisbecame so bad, it robbed her sleep, night after night. She took two over-the-counter pain pills a day, but the pain would wake her up at night. And the drugs were hard on her stomach.
"It was making me kind of nauseous," she says of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. Plus, she needed to stay active to manage her dog boarding service in Pasadena, CA.
Then came another solution. "A neighbor said, 'Try this,' " Callner says. It was a joint.