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Insomnia, the gateway to a new life

Age: 47
Gender: Female
Location: Canada
Occupation: Business Owner

Patient History

Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Ethnic Background

  • Chinese
  • White or Caucasian

Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis

I had what I thought was the “normal” amount of emotional and physical problems.  They seemed to be the things that everyone complained about in some way.  I had a hard time getting motivated, I didn’t make an effort to eat properly because, I had no idea what made me feel good and what didn’t.

Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis: 4

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 7

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

I have always been middle of the road on Cannabis,  I could see that those who were on it were not bad people, and they did not do bad things.  I just didn’t believe it was for me.  I had smoked it enough times in my youth and the odd time as an adult to determine that it was definitely not for me.
My brother was making an edible product that was tested and approved the medical cannabis program in his state.  It bothered him very much that I was using sleeping pills.  At the time, it did not bother me one bit! I really really needed to be convinced that my solution was not a solution.  In the end I agreed to try it before I said I did not like it.  This is likely the only argument my brother could have used because it was my father’s only rule about food…...... and this was food.

Products Tried

At this time the only thing I was willing to use was the product my brother made. It was a gummy product which claimed to have 100 mg of thc evenly distributed through it. He said start low an go slow. Apparently this is now cannabis is dosed? He said I should shave off the amount a hamster could bite. I don't know how much that is, but if the whole gummy had 100mg starting small I would aim for 2 mg. I shaved off and edge and had the best night sleep that my body had any recollection of remembering. I laughed for a little while before I fell asleep too. I felt a quite strange going to sleep, but not uncomfortable. I will not forget how it felt the next day. It had been decades since sleep had been that deep.

Additional info about the period in patient's life

I was able to take very small doses of cannabis at a time and adjust it easily because I was cutting up the amount I needed. (gummy type edible) I could very safely ease myself into what would become my standard amount. 15 to 20 mg (indica strain at night) My rule is that if the edible does not have declared thc/cbd amounts, I wont try it. My brother also had a cream and the first time that cream met my rash I, i FINALLY stopped itching. i still get scratchy from time to time but the "Rash" never came back.......... The cream may actually be my favourite cannabis weapon. I works topically for pain too. I could scream from the roof tops all day long about the cream.

Patient Experience

How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life

Using cannabis at night helped me sleep, but I believe it was doing much more. The first indication was the when I noticed that tiredness and food were no longer related. I did not realize how accustom I had become to a sugar low or high at it had become like breathing, just the way it is. This was a great time for me. I felt younger........ like I had just been re energized, but it is more likely that my body had just become more efficient at managing my energy stores. This put a pep into me and I took on more meaningful projects and was indeed getting more out of my day to day.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

No

Additional doctor supervision information

My doctor told me that she would not write me a prescription on the grounds that it would very likely "lead to mental health issues" She retired and a younger more progressive thinking doctor took her place. I asked again and this time she said I am okay with cannabis use myself, but the doctors in this clinic have agreed not to issue any cannabis prescriptions. I was told that a travelling cannabis doctor comes to town from time to time and writes them. I was told my doctor to see a travelling salesman.................. this damaged my view of my doctor and I no longer ask them to participate in my health and well being. I will only go when I can not sort it out myself, which is seeming less and less. I used to see my doctor once every six weeks, I don't go anymore.

Discontinued Medication

Yes

Additional info about discontinued medication

Immovane - Sleep Ativan - Anxiety By the way 1 to 1 CBC to THC works way better than what I got from my doctor. Initially I a one to one (10mg cbd/ 10mg THC) to recover from an emotional issue the same way I used the Ativan. This is where the biggest difference lies for me. Before I would take and Ativan and tap out. (ativan makes me feel drugged and I don't like to make decisions when Im on it) I would literally take one and shrink down to the tiniest version of myself, but at least I wasn't about to blow up so it achieved the intended goal. I was calmer. I find the effects of ativan to be felt in my body for 12 to 18 hours. I may not feel as "drugged" by hour 12, but I was usually very tired. The first time I decided to try the 1/1 instead of ativan during an acute episode, i could not believe the difference. Within a half hour, I had fully returned to my preferred self. My real self. This has made the most significant change in my life. My emotional fragility, long considered my achilles heel, had a super hero! I have since been working with smaller doses prior to situations that would normally be emotionally drained by. This again makes it easier to take on more life!

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Not Applicable

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

Yes

Additional info about lifestyle changes

for reasons I can not explain. the lifetime of additional body fat I had been carrying decided to leave. My weight no longer fluctuates and I have way more energy for every day.

Additional info about medical Cannabis experience

I now use cannabis during my waking hours too. using a 1 to 1 THC/CBD in small doses through out the day has provided mood stabilization and has immeasurable improved my ability to interact with others.

Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical cannabis: 8

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 8

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