What has cannabis done for me?
In October of 2015 the osteoarthritis in both my knees was so bad I could barely walk. Two canes were needed for me to be able to hobble across a room. Doing anything else, such as driving, sitting, sleeping, etc, were impossible or nearly so. It would take a while at night to finally get into a position where I could sleep for a short time.
I found a doctor who said he could help. X-rays and MRI’s were done. Apparently, although I couldn’t walk, my knees were not bone on bone yet so knee replacements were not an option for me. They gave me injections and said to come back in two weeks. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do for the next two weeks, so I began looking into options.
A short time earlier I had tried cannabis again for the first time in many years. I had smoked it in the 70’s and 80’s, then stopped. When I tried it again, I found it helped my fibromyalgia. If it helped fibromyalgia, why wouldn’t it help my arthritis? It was worth a try.
Starting the journey to health
The journey began. With a medical card, I could purchase the cannabis I needed. Finding everything that had changed over the years is another story. Somehow, however, I knew how to microdose, even though I hadn’t heard of it before. I had microdosed in the 1980’s by smoking a small amount, then going about my day. A few hours later, I could smoke a small amount again. Fast forward to 2015, and I was doing the same small amounts with a vaporizer.
I began feeling better, with less pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis. I’ve always been on a journey to eat healthier, so I looked more into a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet. I also increased my walking. My job had kept me at a computer for long hours, so I took breaks often. Changes came slowly, but my health improved.
Today, I walk daily and hike a challenging local trail on a weekly basis. This trail is a 2.5 mile hike, with an elevation gain/loss of 689 feet, something that would have been impossible for me in late 2015.
Wellness, environment and cannabis are the main points that I live with. It is very important to me to take of myself and the world around me. I try to eat only food from nature, rather than packaged foods. Exercise is an important part of my day. My home is free of chemicals. I take reusable bags to the store, and my own cup to the coffee shop. I don’t use paper towels or paper napkins. Aside from never finding prescription medications that worked, I strongly believe in the healing properties of cannabis.
I use a holistic approach to health. We need to look at all the areas of our lives to see what needs changing.
- Diet and Exercise
- Lifelong Learning
- Emotional Well-Being
- Healthy Living Environment
- Social Life
To make improvements in the way we live, all these areas need to be looked at. All of us are better at taking care of ourselves in some areas and worse in others. Maybe you hate your job, but exercise regularly. Your spirituality may have taken precedence, while healthy eating is ignored. We need to address the areas that have been ignored, to achieve a better balance in life.
My first certification, a Master of Cannabis Certification, was earned in 2017 at the Cannabis Training University. I am currently studying for a second certification under Dr. Dustin Sulak of Healer.com. I am also a student of herbalism, to better understand all plant medicine.
My goal is to teach others to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle.
Cannabis is healthy and natural. I am also a student of herbalism and the medicine and food that is all around us in nature.
Most of these beliefs have either been part of my makeup for years, with many new ideas added as I’ve learned more.