I can sleep through the night and my anxiety is gone
Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis
Before I began using medical cannabis, I had insomnia and had troubles managing my anxiety throughout the day. I was a university student at the time, and I would often lay awake for hours at night trying to get to sleep. I would be running circles in my mind about, “what assignments were coming up?”, “Am I forgetting about a test?”, and “What grades would I be getting back this week?”. It was tough because the worse my insomnia would get, the harder my anxiety would be to calm the next day. It was a vicious cycle, but I managed to get by for a long time.
Additional info about this time in patient's life
I really enjoyed this period in my life. Trying new products was almost always enjoyable for me especially because I had an experienced user I shared the experience with. My boyfriend always told me how much I should take and we always aired on the side of caution. Start low and go slow.
Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis:
Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 6
Path to cannabis
I met my boyfriend at the time who is a regular cannabis user. He introduced me to vaping cannabis which for me, was perfect. I reacted very strongly to cannabis during this time in my life and the vape pen allowed me to take very small, regulated amounts that wouldn’t make me feel too high.
I started by trying the vape pen. Then, once that wasn't enough for me, I began smoking ~0.3g of cannabis in the evening. Since starting, I have also tried tinctures and edibles as well. All products work for me in different ways and I have specific products I enjoy depending on how I am feeling.
Indicia strains of cannabis in the form of a joint or edible are best for helping me get to sleep and stay asleep.
I have also started using CBD products on a regular basis which helps me manage my anxiety throughout the day.
How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life
I now smoke or ingest cannabis every day, usually after 7pm to help me relax at night. I find that even though I don't consume THC products during working hours, my anxiety and stress is easier to manage. I think it's because I get that break in the evenings that I never used to get before being introduced to cannabis.
Otherwise, my day-to-day activities have not changed dramatically but I find I have a more calm, more positive outlook on life.
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Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances
Additional info about controlled substance use
I definitely drink a lot less since starting to use medical cannabis. It isn't like one replaces the other, but I just find that I don't like the feeling of being "drunk" anymore.
Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis
Additional info about lifestyle changes
One of my favourite activities is ganja yoga. I never used to be very into yoga, but since starting to use cannabis, I absolutely love it. I find that the quiet time to stretch and move my body is amplified by the cerebral effects of cannabis.
Additional info about medical Cannabis experience
I never thought about cannabis as a medicine until more recently. There's such a stigma around it and it never used to be "prescribed" per-say, so I never categorized it as medicine in my head. However, since I've learned more about it, I really do consider it medicine. Nothing helps me sleep better than cannabis and it's positively impacted my life in so many ways.
I recommend cannabis to most of my family members now. I think so many could benefit from the effects of cannabis.
Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical
Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 9