Cannabis is medicine for so many people, including me. However I never used to think that way, even though I’ve used cannabis since I was a teenager, it never occurred to me to use it medicinally, I just smoked weed and got high. It was until after I had my children that I started to use cannabis with intention.
Panic attacks from hell
Since I was a child I’ve suffered from generalized anxiety and panic disorder. Hands up if you have panic disorder and you know people are judging you as a hysterical idiot! (I’ve got both hands raised in the air)
That’s because those people, who are fortunate enough to not have panic disorder, think we’re being too self-indulgent and should just snap out of it. If only it was that simple, if only I could just think happy thoughts and *poof* my brain will stop short circuiting! Unfortunately it’s not that simple.
Panic disorder is like your brain hijacking you and taking you on the most terrifying ride from hell. If it’s a bad enough episode, you can feel insanity close by. That moment where the anxiety buries itself so deep inside your brain, it reaches a place you can’t go and that’s where you can end up in a very bad place. I’ve almost walked into a hospital twice, so exhausted and riddled with pain from the panic disorder; I just needed someone to make it stop.
It’s not just the mental anguish, it’s the physical pain too, anxiety makes everything hurt. Your thoughts, your muscles, your joints and your emotions are all screaming. It’s a full on brain attack and it’s really and truly torturous.
Anyone who has panic disorder fears the fear. I don’t choose this, it’s some faulty wiring but I figure if monks can lower and raise their body temperature with the power of their mind, I can do the same with these mother fucking panic attacks from the 9 circles of hell.
And I’m winning with the help of cannabis!
I don’t get full blown attacks anymore, I feel them coming and I fight them off. Over time I’ve shortened their duration, cannabis helps me to relax so I can train my brain but I have to be careful as I could easily trigger one too, it’s a fine balance and it’s what I teach with weed Mama. I believe in the therapeutic effects of cannabis because it works but I also know we must respect the plant. Even still, I relapse when life throws me a nasty curve ball.
Let me tell you a story
Just before Christmas of last year we were rattled. A man we’ve never met out of nowhere threatened our livelihood, enough that we called the police. It never went very far, thankfully but it was enough to trigger a full blown panic attack after years of not having one that bad, I’d completely relapsed. In the throes of this intense panic attack, I stopped by a dispensary- luckily they were still open then because I could buy individual CBD caps. I bought two- 50 mg pills for $10. Once the CBD kicked in, I came right down, the panic just stopped.
Cannabis works in many ways
Scientists are still trying to figure out how cannabis is able to treat so many different conditions. We do know it has natural anti-inflammatory properties. I know just from using it for so long, it relaxes you. It relaxes your muscles, reduces stress and calms your nerves. This helps to relieve pain, tension and anxiety.
Cannabis also works wonderfully for stomach ailments. It’s fabulous for women’s health issues such as pain from endometriosis, painful sex and hormonal issues. Cannabis works for kids with severe epilepsy, in some cases the kids are almost seizure free. It also helps adults with seizure disorders. It helps people with tremors, something that can be brought on by a disease or by aging. I’m naturally a shaky person and if I’m really rattled, I can’t hold a piece of paper or drink from a glass because I’m shaking so badly. Cannabis, specifically CBD, helps to calm that down.
I work hard to normalize cannabis through education because of its ability to help so many people. Cannabis has no lethal dose, doesn’t cause cancer (as far as we know) and it what’s used to help people ease off of other substances like opioids, cigarettes and it’s great for a bad hangover. There’s new research showing cannabis may help prevent liver disease from excessive drinking.
Cannabis has evolved past just smoking a joint or eating a pot brownie
New products will now start to trickle into the market over the next year. Things like CBD supplements, concentrates, infused topicals like salves and bath soaks, edibles and vape pens. Guess what, you can get CBD only vape pens, a little stick of calm in your pocket for on the go!
Every living and breathing person deals with something in their life, whether it’s chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, stress or any number of things cannabis may help with, it’s medicine because it works and it puts your own health into your own hands. You can even grow your own! There are so many things I could say about this magical botanical, it’s why I created this entire website!
You don’t have to get high to feel its healing benefits and I invite you to explore the many options available.