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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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