I am new on the FC forums, and did not really have a place to explore these thoughts before I joined. I am sure there are other dedicated medical sites, but I was looking for vaporizer advice and found some great input and a welcoming community. So here goes: I have dealt with severe stomach issues my entire life, and have found great comfort in treating myself with herb. It has been critical in fighting nausea, keeping food down, and putting weight on. I am about 5'9" tall and weighed 106 lbs in December of 2012; approximately one year later, I am up to a far healthier weight of 148 and I am continuing to put on pounds. There is little doubt in my mind that my lack of throwing up and my weight gain are directly related to my beginning to vaporize one year ago. BUT I live in state that does not recognize medical use and I really want a medical professional's opinion. I have been through the Mayo Clinic several years ago and seen some of the best gastro doctors in several other east coast facilities. I would travel to China if there was a doc there that could at least explain what is going on with my body. What I want to know is who are the best of the best gastroenterologists in the country who give consideration to the possibility of medicinal benefits of marijuana? Where would I even look to find the best of the best medical doctors? What medical colleges are conducting studies? Who are the best teaching and practicing professors on the subject? I so greatly appreciate all the guidance I have found on the internet, but I am at a point where I am desperately seeking medical professionals. I am tired of self diagnosing (or possibly misdiagnosing) and I am seeking guidance. When I travel for a weekend without, I regress entirely and experience stomach pains and nausea worse than I have ever felt (which is to say "more excruciating than I can find words for"). Several months ago, I had to go cold turkey for an upcoming Insurance Co drug test. I lost nearly 15 lbs in one month, could not hold down a cup of soup, and felt like shit again. I felt just as bad on day 3 as I did on day 30 and after the test, I did vaporize and I felt like a new person in a matter of minutes- then I started eating again with no throwing up, and I have not looked back. As a resident of a non-medical state, I do not know where to start... How do others cope with living in a non-medical state?