Miguel Garcia was born with a rare skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a group of diseases that cause a defect in anchoring between the epidermis and dermis, leading to painful blisters, infections, and wounds. Miguel spent the first six months of his life in the ICU, suffering from the loss of 40 percent of his skin. Doctors told Miguel’s family he would be lucky if he survived past his sixteenth birthday. Today, he is 25 years old.
Miguel began using medical cannabis to relieve symptoms of EB at the age of 16. This summer, filmmaker Gabriel Rios is shooting a documentary about Miguel’s inspiring story and his battle against EB, documenting his use of medical cannabis, doctor’s appointments, life with friends and family, the day-to-day obstacles he encounters, and more. For more information about the documentary, visit migueldoc.com.
Editor’s Note: Miguel is a Prop 215 patient in California. In this article, he talks about different forms of cannabis he uses to help relieve his symptoms, and how it has helped him be narcotic-free for three years.