CANNABIS CULTURE – Whether it’s taking tinctures or inhaling the flower, cannabis is a part of my daily routine. I’m a type 1 diabetic, there are days when my blood sugar fluctuates. I would feel really tired and get stomach pains. Every time I use cannabis when my sugars are running high, I noticed how I don’t have the stomach pains. I just feel so much more relaxed and not in pain. I also see a slight drop in my blood sugar levels after I use cannabis. Cannabis helps me remain me. I feel more like myself. Going through tough medical problems, I tend to overthink and create problems in my head about my myself medically. Which usually leads to a slight depressed state. Cannabis is the cushion I fall on when I come across these situations. It just helps me think clearly and make better decisions.
Cannabis has been a miracle medical drug for me. Since I was a kid I have been dealing with medical problems. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 9 years old. Going through a diabetic rebellion stage in my teenage years landed me in the ER several times. I finally “grew up” in my early twenties. I started listening to my doctor on what a diabetic should eat and live like. I followed the diabetic diet for about a year. My blood sugars were better but still not where it should be. But I was doing everything my endocrinologist was telling me to do, I wasn’t as worried about my health anymore. So I thought….
About a year later, I just started a new chapter in my life- I got married!
A few days after my wedding, on our honeymoon I started having trouble walking again. This time worse. I had to end up using a wheelchair to get around. We decided to cut our honeymoon short and head back home to California to figure out what’s going on.
My body was slowly giving up on me. It was like my mind had no connection with my body. My legs, my hands, my body was going numb. I was having trouble walking, lifting my leg up, even writing. After getting a lot of tests, bloodwork, MRI’s, doctors diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis. I felt like my whole world crashed. I was prescribed heavy medication right away.
I didn’t feel right about the medication, it was like a gut feeling that this is not it. I knew there has to be something else. I hated the idea of being dependent on heavy medication for the rest of my life that won’t even cure me, it will just cover up the symptoms and slow the progression. I started looking at other options. I started natural treatments with a natural doctor. I tried the treatment for 6 months. My body was getting worse. Now just walking wasn’t a problem, just standing was getting harder and harder.
That was one of the lowest points of my life. Not knowing what to do, how do I walk properly again? Is taking prescription medication the only way? Will I ever be able to live a normal life? I had questions and thoughts running through my mind 24/7. I was so depressed because I didn’t know what to do. My nerve pain was getting worse and worse everyday, making it really hard for me to sleep at night. At this point, I could hardly walk, I couldn’t keep my hands still, and I could hardly sleep.
My husband suggested I look into cannabis. At this point I was willing to try anything to make me feel even a little better. I started using cbd drops daily and vaping 1:1 CBD:THC pen. I was pretty sceptical of using cannabis to help me feel better medically. I always just thought cannabis was used to getting “high”.
Just a few days of using the drops and vape pen, I starting seeing the medical benefits of cannabis. I was actually able to sleep the whole night without waking up even once with pain or fear of my health. I had a much clear mind now, that I wasn’t always depressed, full of anxiety and fear. Just not feeling so depressed was somewhat of a relief. Everytime I would start feeling pain in my nerves I would get my pen out and start vaping. That was the only thing that would help me with the pain. I would get an instant relief from inhaling cannabis.
Then I chanced upon a doctor who changed my life: Dr. Fawaz Albadani, a holistic healer who believes that the goal of medicine should be disease elimination rather than symptom management. He opened my eyes to the medical value of nature. My treatment consisted of eliminating foods like gluten and dairy. I also have actively using cannabis throughout. Cannabis is anti-inflammatory and has pain relieving properties that I believe helped me with my nerve pain and damage. With eliminating the food that was giving me a reaction and using cannabis daily, I was able to walk again. Besides being able to walk again, my diabetes improved. My blood sugars have never been better. I increased my cannabis dosage and started noticing my nerve pain reducing tremendously. So cannabis isn’t just s drug to get you “high”. If actually does have medical benefits.
Today, I have had no medical issues, I feel better than I have ever felt before. I can walk, go on runs, live a normal life without chronic medical problems. I still follow a plant based diet, and actively use cannabis daily.
Cannabis has been a miracle drug for me, it’s helped me more than any medication could have. I was so depressed going through medical issues, I wasn’t myself anymore. Cannabis changed that! It helped me to be “normal” again. I was myself again.
I wrote my story in Power of Plants: How Food and Cannabis Helped Me Heal
and I started this website in the hope that I can help people who are walking the same path I was on. People who are suffering with no answers. I hope my story can show people how small changes to your lifestyle- like food can improve your health. I have been actively using cannabis for almost 2 years now. From going through depression to healing my nerve damage, cannabis has given me amazing medical
cannabis has given me amazing medical benefits. Cannabis has so many medical values that people need to know. I hope my story shows a different perspective on cannabis, a therapeutic benefit.