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Category: Medical Cannabis (page 1 of 3)

Just a Little Compassion

 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can make another feel whole.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can help heal a hurting soul.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Could be our daily life goal.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can help fill a hearts gaping hole.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can give someone else their start.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can bring joy to the saddest heart.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Is something we can all impart.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can make another feel whole.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can help heal a hurting soul.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Could be our daily life goal.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can help fill a hearts gaping hole.
 
Just a little bit of compassion
Can make another feel whole.

How Do We?

 

How do we adequately put into words what if feels like to have ourselves and our life plans instantly interrupted and life as we once knew it ended abruptly?

How do we adequately put into words what it felt like to be thrown into the traumatic and surreal world of ICU, life support, rehabilitation and limitations beyond what we or our families could possibly comprehend?

How do many of us adequately put into words what if feels like to have a brain injury and go undiagnosed and not have a clue what was wrong with us?

How do we adequately put into words that far too many of us thought our brain problems meant we had gone crazy?

How do we learn to put these horrendous experiences in some kind of perspective and understanding if we can’t find someone to talk to that we think cares about how we really do feel?

 

Cannabis and Stroke Healing

Dear friends, I had a hemorrhagic stroke two years ago last month and I survived. I already had a lot of brain damage and due to my epilepsy I was not eligible for the stroke shot. I had been diagnosed with a 90% brain vessel blockage in 2008 that was inoperable. I started on cannabis in 2010. I knew I was racing against the clock. I did have the brain bleed in 2015. The stroke specifically negatively impacted my lungs, heart, kidneys, balance and speech. Against the odds and with no explanation other than cannabis I had my fasted brain trauma healing yet! Cannabis absolutely does help in brain healing and gives HOPE to the hopeless!

Dementia and Cannabis

Dear friends, this is the 4th year of my dementia and cannabis trial. I have shared with you before that measuring improved cognition is a REAL challenge, There are many types of neuro-degeneration caused by several different diseases and disorders. With my severe brain trauma I knew my risk for dementia was high. Now everyones symptoms will be different but I was 57 and almost instantaneously lost my ability to identify music with any person, place or decade in my life. As a brain injury survivor I had depended on music to do just that for over two decades! Just yesterday I started remembering some of my own all time favorite artists and started listening to them on youtube. I remembered all on my own and with my own long term memory! What a victory and now I have new and enhanced music enjoyment! I use THCA (raw cannabis) twice a day ground and put in capsules. 
 

Cannabis and Nerve Pain 

Dear friends, I have needed to really search and research to get sufficient pain reduction. I have broke my neck twice at C-3-C7. I have severe nerve root damage. I came out of a neck brace 2 years ago but the pain was too tough without the aid of neck support.The neck brace had caused my swallowing disorder to progress and it was risky for me to eat. I could not get my pain level down and it was raising and keeping my blood pressure at an unacceptable high level. Thankfully, a friend and neighbor was talking to me and pointed to some lavender growing in my flower bed. He recommended I mix the lavender flowers in with my cannabis for more pain relief, relaxation and improved sleep. To this day I vape lavender mixed with my cannabis when I need extra pain relief or am having an extra hard time relaxing and going to sleep. We really do get along with a little help from our friends. <3
 

Cannabis and Severe Insomnia

Dear friends, getting control over my severe insomnia was a huge process. A review of sleep disorder studies and surveys suggest that sleep disorders are three times more common in TBI patients than in the general population. Nearly 60% of all people with TBI experience long-term difficulties with sleep. TBI can interfere with the “internal clock” in the brain that controls when we sleep and wake every day. If injured, the brain may not be able to tell the body to fall asleep or wake up. There are chemicals in our body that help us to sleep. An injury can change the way that these chemicals affect the body. When I first started cannabis I was not going to bed a single night of the week anymore. I had gone ten days and ten nights and eleven days and eleven nights. Absolutely nothing could put me to sleep including various prescriptions of sleeping pills that kept failing. When I started using cannabis I was passing out every 72 hours any place I happened to finally fall asleep. I was directed to take all my extra trim and age it in the dark for three months or longer and convert the THC to CBN. I then stated medicating though out the day with my cannabis mixed with the CBN trim. It was actually the first thing that ever slowed my brain and body down. I vaped the CBN rich leaves all day and was able to finally start sleeping nightly on this combination. It did take time and I suspect there was a great deal of brain regulation healing that had to take place. When I lay down each night today, thanks to cannabis and time to regulate my brain, I now know that sleep is finally going to come each and every night!

Was Your Day Lost?

 
As you sit down during the lowering of today’s sun,
And reflect on the acts you have done, was kindness one?
Did you try to help relieve someone else’s stress or strain?
With your actions were you sure to try and also be kind?
Did you in your own way try to help ease someone else’s pain?
If you did any of these things then today you truly shined!
When you sit down during the lowering of today’s sun,
You can be proud of yourself for the things you have done.
But if instead your interest and concern was all on yourself this day,
Perhaps it is time to try a new and more fulfilling kind of way.
If you weren’t able to offer a smile to help cheer another’s heart,
You will miss feeling like you accomplished your personal part.
If, you cannot quite yet conquer these particular trials,
Please remember we give others hope with just a simple smile!
If as you sit down during the lowering of todays sun,
And take the time to count the special acts you have done,
You will realize love and kindness can always start with just one.

Needless Suffering

A quarter century ago, life as I knew it, came to a screeching halt.
An unexpected almost fatal injury left my brain and body to atrophy.
I couldn’t come back to live among the living no matter how hard I tried.
I lost my digestive organs and chronic wasting took a hold of me.
I was not eligible for surgery so a neck brace stayed full time on me.
I was left with years of life threatening seizures daily hurting me badly.
I tried all the medicines, and other treatments eligible to help or treat me.
I tried hard yet I failed and was not eligible for any of the brain surgeries.
I am sure feeling a lot like the old me the one that I lost access to 25 years ago.
Medical cannabis took those life threatening seizures finally away from me.
Medical cannabis makes up for a dozen prescription medicines taken daily.
Medical cannabis makes up for a helmet, neck brace and diapers years worn by me
Medical cannabis taught me that the brain and many other organs can heal these catastrophes.
Medical cannabis is what taught me how many have suffered and died so very needlessly.
Medical cannabis enabled me to write so this neurology news can be shared across the sea.
Medical cannabis taught me that treatment without access to the miracle of cannabis is pure cruelty.
Medical cannabis was the miracle I desperately searched for and I am grateful my family and I no longer
have to be medical refugees.

The Gift of THC for Patients

Dear friends, I get so frustrated at all the patients that propaganda has negatively impacted when it comes to the THC “high”. As a patient very used to horrible side effects please, please give me medical cannabis with THC! According to the DEA with THC I can and do FEEL the following: “THC causes a user to feel euphoric — or ‘high’ — by acting in the brain’s reward system, areas of the brain that respond to stimuli! THC activates the reward system by stimulating brain cells to release the chemical dopamine.” Dopamine is a wonderful thing it keeps us motivated and happy! I am an epilepsy patient and CBD alone is not enough for me! I do greatly enjoy THC and that is something I can NOT say about any side effect from pharmaceutical medicines! Please look deeper than the propaganda and I am talking about cannabis treatment for children also! Believe me most would agree that THC is wonderful for most patients! There is no comparison patients would greatly prefer to feel happy than experience horrible side effects!

Clonazapam Detox Update

Dear friends, I have now been detoxing off my last pharmaceutical medicine Clonazapam (Klonopin). Two years ago I tried and failed to come off this medication. I ran into trouble trying to reduce my last 2 mg. I am thrilled to share that I have successfully made the cut from 2 mg to 1 mg for the very first time! I had two days of mild breakthrough seizures and that was all! All my other withdrawal symptoms were much milder than any detox in my medical history! I had been told by my doctors that the long history of Klonopin use had changed the structure of my brain. I was told I would never be able to successfully come off of this medicine! I am thankful to share that medical cannabis has made this last detox possible! This makes my pharmaceutical medication reduction from 44 per pills to 1 a day in 6 years and counting down! Miracles really do happen with cannabis use!

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