There are over 400 natural compounds found in the marijuana plant, and of those, some are ONLY found in the marijuana plant. These compounds are the one’s that heal us, and they are called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are numerous and they relieve the symptoms of many illnesses including inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, seizure disorders, anxiety, and eye problems, to name just a few. They do this by attaching to receptors we already have in our brain. The major cannabinoids work best when combined with the minor compounds found in naturally occurring marijuana. That is why the synthetic pharmaceutical, marinol, doesn’t work as well as the natural plant. Some of the major cannabinoids to be aware of are THC, CBD, and CBN. There are two others as well, CBC and CBG.
This information, and much more detailed information about medical marijuana, and how and why it works can be found from many sources today. Despite this, many people still hold on to the stigma attached to marijuana use and perpetuate that. This is maddening to me, and that is why I have decided that I must be bold about my use of this medicine. I feel we all must be bold about it, if we are going to change the perceptions of marijuana use.
In MA, I am legal to carry it on my person, in my car and in my home. I cannot smoke it while driving legally, but I wouldn’t do that anyway. I will use it freely, because it works for me. It is my prescribed medication. And I will use it freely because I feel that I must be bold and show people that the face of a marijuana user has changed. The face of a marijuana user is me, and many people like me. A middle-aged woman with children and a college degree. A woman who could live next door to you, in your very community. I am your neighbor, and I am not a drug addict. I am taking back my health, and this is a good option for someone like me with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. It allows me to move my body, and work on becoming healthy instead of being bogged down by dangerous prescription drugs with all of their side effects.
It concerns me deeply that this option isn’t available to everyone. After all, it is dangerous to even try to obtain it in states where is it is not legal, for a number of reasons. One of those reasons, is that by obtaining it illegally, one has no idea what they are really getting. In a legal state, one can insure what they are getting. I know, for instance, that my caregiver grows in the best conditions possible. Everything is organic, and there are no pesticides. Even the water he uses is pure. He labels what he gives me for THC, CBD and CBN levels. I know exactly what I am getting. He keeps track particularly of the THC and CBD levels that work best for me. And he provides me with the strains that fit my profile and symptoms that we have determined through our caregiver relationship. It is very personalized.
So especially if you are in a legal state and a medical marijuana user, please be bold about the use of your medicine. Talk about it openly with people and educate them. This is the only way we are going to continue to move forward with this very important medication. Let’s remove the stigma and continue to take our health into our own hands.
Take back your health America.
Wendy Love Edge
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