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Just another tech worker

Age: 44
Gender: Male
Location: Canada
Occupation: Systems Administrator

Patient History

Conditions

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Brain Injury
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Additional Conditions

Brain injury during birth

Ethnic Background

  • White or Caucasian

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

Variable, tending downwards. There were high points in my life but they were obscured and buried in low ones.

Additional info about this time in patient's life

I was apprehensive about using medical cannabis because my job makes a lot of use of my brain and I couldn't tolerate much in the way of confusion or getting things wrong on the job. The advice I would have is start low, go slow, and build your tolerance. Building your tolerance introduces you to a wider therapeutic zone where you can function normally.

Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis: 3

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 3

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

My wife was interested in using cannabis to help manage pain from chronic physical conditions. She was hesitant to use it due to the mental effects, so I agreed to do it with her sometimes so she felt like someone was there with her and for her, experiencing something similar to her. It was during this stage that I began to get the sense I might be able to help myself with cannabis as well.

Products Tried

Early on it was all smoked bud for me. Eventually I found vaporization and that's become 60-70% of my intake, with the balance being edibles. Edibles were trickier for me to nail down as the various methods of extraction lead to different results for me -- BHO and distillates tend to make me rather nauseous, where full-spectrum extracts like phoenix tears and Viridesco/RSO do wonderfully.

Patient Experience

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

I have been using medical cannabis daily for over a year at this point and I feel more in control most of the time. I am more emotional, but that is due to no longer being ashamed of showing my emotions. I feel cannabis has helped me regulate some of the cycling my brain does through the anxiety and ADD, and has also helped smooth out the experience of depression. I feel cannabis is a much better tool for me than the prescribed medications because I can make fine adjustments as necessary and the different strains allow me to use exactly what will work for the situation.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

No

Discontinued Medication

Yes

Additional info about discontinued medication

I have discontinued migraine prophylaxis entirely as well as half of my SSRI. My remaining medications are statins for cholesterol control and an average dose of an SSRI.

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Yes

Additional info about controlled substance use

I was not a frequent drinker before cannabis, but now I rarely have a drink and never to any degree of intoxication. I feel cannabis is more supportive to my mental state than alcohol. I have also quit tobacco entirely -- I strongly prefer to vape cannabis for the manual/social habit, and I found that tobacco use was making my anxiety worse.

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

No

Additional info about medical Cannabis experience

If possible, work from a place of stability. Try to surround yourself with support who know what you're up to and what you're hoping to accomplish. Don't use alone if you're new to it -- even if you have a sober friend with you, things are much better. If you get anxious or upset or overwhelmed, they can help calm you and be there for you. Breathe, and know that it's temporary. Keep CBD close by. For the love of the gods, research as best you can and try to understand *how* cannabis might help you. This will help you understand what's going on and make you more comfortable in the process.

Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical cannabis: 6

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 6

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