Cannabis and Me – How Cannabis has changed my life
This is a guest post written by an anonymous CBD.fm fan and author from Ventura County, California.
When I was younger, I never expected that I would be someone that uses cannabis. In fact, I have spent more of my life avoiding the plant, than interacting with it. Despite this, however, my only regret is that I hadn’t started my journey with cannabis sooner! Growing up, I was raised by strict parents who instilled upon my the idea that such things like cannabis, cigarettes, and alcohol were all dangerous substances that I best stay away from. It was only later in my life that I learned neither of my parents had enough experience with any said substance to really speak on the matter. Fast forward a few years, and I found myself starting on a bad road. I had been suffering get from chronic pain, thanks to a swelling of the cartilage in between my ribs, and the advanced state of the degeneration of the discs in my back. The doctor’s solution, amongst other things, was strong pain killing narcotics. While they had gotten the job done at first, as time went on I began to need more and more, and I myself feared addiction was not too far off. I wanted to do something about it before I reached that point. One of my doctors thankfully agreed and suggested something that I had never considered. Medical Cannabis. Thus started a wonderful, and explorative journey that I would like to share with you today! So sit back, relax and enjoy the story of how these magical chemicals, THC, and CBD, have so greatly affected my life for the better.
Before turning my transition to cannabis from the powerful opiates I was on, such as Vicodin and Percocet, my life was one I felt was lived by someone else. So often was I in a drug-induced stated, that life passed me by like a whisper. My performance in school suffered and my social life deteriorated. I was starting to really wonder what the rest of my life was going to be like. When my pain management doctor suggest medical cannabis, I at first had thought I head misheard? Marijuana I thought, that terrible addiction causing drug? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! Being in high school at the time, I knew that many of my peers were smoking pot, and as far as I could tell, while they were ok, many of them were not the brightest tools in the shed. I had never thought it was a coincidence. Despite my doubts, who was I to judge the word of my doctor? A week later I found myself in my first dispensary, purchasing my first cannabis. They couldn’t believe I had actually never tried it before! Despite my nervousness and reservations, I made it through and purchased some bud and a tincture. Using my friend’s bong, I got high for the first time, and my life would never be the same. For the first time, in years, I was pain-free. I had forgotten what it had felt like, and couldn’t believe that cannabis, something I had associated with so negatively, was the cause. From then on, I knew that nothing would be the same.
Soon I began to learn more about marijuana, the how and why it works, I read studies and watched interviews and documentaries and I soon realized the role propaganda plays in the cannabis world. As I learned more, I discovered THC, CBD, and later on terpenes, and terpenoids. The world of cannabis opened up before me, and still provides hours of wonder on a regular basis. With my new arsenal at my side, of cannabis itself, and the knowledge behind it, I began to learn what would help me the most, and when to use what aspect. How THC and CBD interact to produce the pain easing effects, became a point of research for me, and figuring out ways to best help my chronic pain. I soon discovered the differences between edibles, smoked herb, and vaporizers and learned which worked the best for me. The role of Indica vs. Sativa was a big one, and once I found the body relaxing effects of Indica, it was like a match made in heaven. My pain finally found a match, and in something that would not cause my body harm, or force me to bend to its will via its addictive ways.
Of course, it was not all sunshine and rainbows. There were duds, that didn’t affect me at all and almost made me lose faith early on. I have lost some friends along the way, who did not believe in the medicinal power of this herb, or approve of the life decisions of others. But all in all, I regret nothing. Everything in this life has its positives and negatives, and while sure having dry mouth and red eyes might be uncomfortable from time to time, they are nothing compared to the blessing of having ones tremendous levels of chronic pain put at ease.
Cannabis has played a very important role in my life over the last few years since I first gave it a try. I never imagined in all my wildest dreams, that something I associated so negatively would end up being a blessing. Using cannabis, and the medicinal benefits it contains, especially the anti-inflammatory aspects of CBD, pain-fighting potential of THC, and the host of other benefits that they produce together, has taught me a great deal about the plant. As my life has moved forward, I’ve learned new ways in which to consume cannabis, and just what works for me and what doesn’t. No one knows what the future holds, but I think it is safe to say that I will continue to use cannabis to better my life by fighting my chronic pain and other ailments. Who knows what discoveries will be made next to the effectiveness of cannabis, but one can rest assured they will keep coming! Cannabis has changed my life for the better, and I encourage anyone who is thinking about it to explore the many medicinal benefits that cannabis can provide.