SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Lirio Rivera, 62 and a grandmother of five, admits she’s an unlikely convert to the virtues of marijuana.
Rivera, who describes herself as a conservative and religious homemaker, grew up believing “mafú” — a word for pot — was a dangerous drug and stayed away from it. That changed after Rivera found relief from the chronic pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia by using capsules containing cannabidiol, or CBD, an active component of marijuana that does not cause a high.
Image: Lirio Rivera.Lirio Rivera.Courtesy of Lirio Rivera
Since the legalization of medical marijuana two years ago in Puerto Rico, the storied plant is quietly transforming