I Used CBD Oil To Help Treat My Grandfather's Schizophrenia And It Worked Better Than Any Pharmaceuticals

I Used CBD Oil To Help Treat My Grandfather's Schizophrenia And It Worked Better Than Any Pharmaceuticals

It's legal now, right?

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Weed. Bud. Pot. Mary Jane. The Devil's Lettuce. Loud. Skunk. Chronic. Ganga. Dope.

Joints, spliffs, blunts, dabs, pens, bongs, pipes, edibles.

Marijuana. It's legal now right?

There are about a thousand ways to get properly medicated, but today I want to talk a little about CBD, the stuff that DOESN'T launch you into space.

See when it comes to marijuana, there are two major components. There's THC, the nice little compound that actually gets you zooted. Then there's CBD, which is just about a medical super-compound In terms of health benefits. It can be isolated from its high-inducing counterpart and made into an edible/smokeable oil. It's completely non-psychoactive, meaning you won't start tripping out, but it'll do a lot of other cool stuff for your physical and mental wellbeing.

First off, CBD has a wide variety of medicinal benefits. CBD oil has been found to have pain relief properties. Products such as salves and ointments exist for topical treatment. CBD also has been shown to improve skin health and reduce acne, as well as promoting a deeper and more fulfilling sleep. CBD can also help with quitting smoking and other withdrawal symptoms.

Now let me get to the mental benefits. I have to give a little bit of a story, so bear with me.

My grandfather has had a long battle with schizophrenia, which if you don't know is a tricky mental disorder that screws around with the relation between thoughts, emotion, and behavior, causing people who have to suffer from faulty perception, strange emotional responses and withdrawal into an isolated state of delusion and often fantasy. As for my grandfather, he'd have terrible mood swings, dissociative behavior and extreme paranoia paired with an overall inability to take physically care of himself.

He's been like this for years and no amount of expensive antipsychotics seemed to have helped. He would yell at his caretakers (my aunts and grandmother) and throw tantrums. In a last ditch effort, I went and bought CBD oil at a dispensary and had him take some. It's helped substantially in calming him down, increasing his appetite and regulating his sleep patterns. Along with getting him on a better diet, he's much more him than he's been in a while, which is saying something because he's been sick as long as I can remember.

*Quick disclaimer: I am NOT saying by any means that CBD was the magic wand that just poofed him into a sane human being overnight (if it were I'd use that wand on myself). CBD was a mere factor, a tool that helped. I cracked down heavily on diet and the way we treat and talk to him, and made attempts at being more present and aware. Attention and love do a hell of a lot more for mental health than any drug or substance for ANYONE IN ANY CONDITION. People don't have to be sick to need nourishment, so treat your loved ones with love.

Back to the pitch...I mean I'm really not trying to be a salesperson here. But honestly, the benefits that CBD has is insane. Apart from being a good alternative to antipsychotics, it has been shown to greatly help with anxiety and depression. Pretty much all the stuff you get from weed without actually getting high.

Think what you want about weed, but it cannot be denied that it is an amazing plant with extreme potential for overall well being. CBD oil and similar products have an extremely wide range of use and are worth checking out.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Florida Is Starting To Rethink The Whole Reefer Madness Narrative And I'm Diggin' It

It's a dope change of pace.

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Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will allow people with medical marijuana cards to smoke weed legally and, personally, I think it's dope.

I didn't even know people with medical cards in Florida couldn't actually smoke the weed they were prescribed until earlier this year. My friend who suffers from lupus just started smoking hers after the bill was passed. The stinky plant comes in a prescription pill bottle and she's supposed to vaporize it, kind of like a humidifier. I went with her to a dispensary (no laws were broken, I waited in the lobby) and she explained the whole process behind it. Apparently, there's a lot of ways people consume weed. There's cannabis pills, edibles, patches, dab pens, the list goes on. Like, what?

I mean, that's cool and all, but I couldn't wrap my brain around it. What's the problem with the act of smoking? The end goal has the same effects. Granted, it can mess with your lungs, but cigarettes are legal. Vapes are legal. Think about it: the things that are actually legal to smoke don't have any positive effects. Do you see the disconnect?

I still don't fully understand the negative stigma behind weed. Yes, it does for sure mess with your memory and yes, we don't know a lot about it in general so it's hard to say the drug is 100% safe. But then again, JUULs are legal and we don't even know those long term effects. There are so many awful drugs the FDA has approved and yet, they can't get fully on board with weed. Xanax is a highly addictive, dangerous as hell drug if it's abused and it's rarely monitored. Some doctors hand it out like candy. Even Tylenol is awful.

No one has died from weed. How many people have died from alcohol poisoning? I'm just saying you never hear about a stoner overdosing on weed—it's just not a thing.

What we do know about weed is that it does have some positive effects on people's health and it can actually help those in real pain. Even people with cancer are suggested to smoke weed to help with their symptoms, so what's the issue? I'm glad Florida is starting to recognize that this stigma is old-fashioned and is starting to move away from the devil's lettuce narrative.

I'm not saying everyone should dress head to toe in weed paraphernalia and spark a blunt in the middle of Downtown, Orlando (although, that would be interesting to watch) and I am not condoning any illegal use of marijuana, but I think the Reefer Madness mindset is extremely outdated. People who actually need weed for medical issues are not using it recreationally, so any prior beef with Mary Jane should not affect their health.

Florida is finally making changes for those who medically need it and it's lit.

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