Using cannabis for period pain changed my life
I have never smoked a cigarette. I have never had hard drugs. I barely drink alcohol anymore, aside from the occasional glass of wine with dinner. I have, however, used marijuana on a regular basis.
I first encountered it at a party when I was about 19. I had a couple of puffs on a joint but couldn't really remember the effects because I was already drunk. It wasn't until later with my current partner that I experienced being high for the first time. It was not long after that I started to use it to manage period pain and found that it worked better than painkillers!
However I still had to use painkillers if I needed to drive or go to work. Then I found CBD edibles and they changed my life. My pain was gone and I had no psychoactive effects. I could drive, go to work, live life as normal.
I have been on some alternative treatment for my period pain so luckily I am now at the point where I don't need to use pain relievers anymore.
I have a family member who uses it for his depression, paranoia and anxiety. He has tried conventional medication but it gave him horrible side effects including hallucinations and flu symptoms. Cannabis gets him through the day and helps him cope. A friend's wife uses it to manage pain caused by terminal cancer. I also know people on the autism spectrum who have found it to positively impact their lives.
Drinking is chemically addictive and can cause long term damage and it's legal.
Some medications are chemically addictive and can come with a long list of side effects but it's still legal.
Cigarettes are highly addictive and can increase your risk of pretty much every cancer in the book and it's legal.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is not chemically addictive. It is habitually addictive and people can become dependant on it. Personally I would much prefer to be dependant on a plant than addicted to chemical medication. Give people the choice.
In my humble opinion cannabis is a beautiful plant with wonderful healing power that people should be free for anyone to use. You can't overdose and the addictive and long term risks are nothing in comparison those of the drugs currently legal.
Legalise it, regulate it and tax it.
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