For years, Tim Gresh took dozens of prescription opioid medications per day, seeking any relief for the debilitating back pain that he – no matter which medication or therapy he used – could just not shake. “It shattered my whole life,” the Windham resident said.

The medication left him sluggish, trapped in a mental fog for days at a time. He said his life was a “disaster in slow motion,” and it seemed like there was no way out.

That is, until a “forward-thinking” primary care physician suggested medical cannabis for his chronic pain, which Gresh, 54, said set him on a new path that has changed his life for the better and helped him stop using virtually all drugs classified as highly addictive. “I never thought that would have been possible,” he said.