Healing Hope with Cannabis

Healing Hope with Cannabis

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After decades of disordered sleeping and pain from fibromyalgia I made the choice to begin medical marijuana. I had heard that cannabis was helping many people with countless medical conditions and I felt that it was time I tried it. I decided to go through a cannabis clinic as this was a few months before Canada had legalized cannabis and it was the only legal way for me to obtain it. I’m really grateful that I went through the clinic as they guided me through the whole process.

There’s about 1000 different strains of cannabis and each and every strain has slightly different benefits. I wanted the customized treatment plan that was offered at the clinic. I was first seen by a Liscenced Practical Nurse and Cannabis Therapy Educator. She went over the list of medications and then went down the list of medical conditions I had that could possibly be treated by cannabis. She made her recommendations of strains and methods for using it. I was concerned about being drowsy at work and that it would effect my concentration. The nurse was able to make recommendations of specific strains to avoid these negative side effects.

Next, I had to wait for the doctor to write my prescription (this step is no longer necessary in Canada) I’m not sure why, but I was expecting a roomful of people in their 20’s and 30’s but boy was I wrong! I’m in my 40’s and I was the youngest one in the waiting room! The doctor made me feel at ease right away! He went through my medical conditions and current medications. He also covered the cannabis treatment recommendations that the nurse had made.

With an enormous smile he said “Brenda, cannabis is going to change your life!“ I told him that I had been using recreational marijuana at night to help me fall asleep but it wasn’t helping me stay asleep and I was so very hopeful that we could remedy this! He explained to me why this was the case. He said when you smoke or vape cannabis you obtain about 10% of medicinal properties. It has an almost immediate effect and lasts about an hour. When you ingest cannabis oils, you obtain up to 90% of the medicinal properties. It takes 1-2 hours for it to kick in but it lasts 6-8 hours sometimes longer.

I filled my prescription and began taking the oils. From my very first night of taking the oil, I slept the deepest, soundest sleep I have ever experienced in my life. I awoke rested and refreshed and up until this point in my life this was  a welcome but feeling completely foreign to me! So now that I’m sleeping properly on a consistent basis, life in general is much more manageable and enjoyable! The oils help me somewhat with the pain from fibromyalgia but I was also told that sometimes to reach peak effectiveness for pain you have to be on the oils for 3-6 months. I’m 3 months into treatment and on the nurses recommendations I’m starting to try other strains that might be more effective for pain.

In my 3 months of treatment, I have been able to come off of 3 pharmaceutical medications that I was using to help enhance deeper sleep. Natural plant medicine has to be better for my body than all of those chemicals! I’m not cured but cannabis has certainly helped improve the quality of my life and because of that it will remain a staple in my health and wellness journey!

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About the author

Brenda Sanders-Passmore is a Registered Massage Therapist and Therapeutic Yoga Instructor. She owns a yoga studio on Prince Edward Island, Canada complete with a curated health and wellness boutique. Her focus is pain management, mindfulness and living with less chemicals in our food, bodies and home.


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