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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It's OK To Be Your Family's "Emily" This Christmas

Your greatest accomplishment may be learning how to cook something other than ramen noodles and oatmeal and that's okay.
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We all know the feeling, one sibling is getting married, another landed their dream job, someone got a promotion, someone bought a house, and another one has a baby on the way.

Everyone has exciting news to share or something to brag to the relatives about, and then there's you.

You’re just a typical college student with absolutely no idea what you want to do in life.

You didn't make a 4.0 this semester or land an internship at some big name company. You aren't dating anyone, expecting a ring, or having a baby anytime soon.

You may not have anything special for your mom to brag about on this years Christmas card, yet you are still content. Your greatest accomplishment may be learning how to cook something other than ramen noodles and oatmeal and that’s okay.

SEE ALSO: 5 Things That Matter Way More Than Having A Boyfriend This Winter

There are years of simply just finding yourself. Years of figuring out what it is you want out of life or searching for something that will finally “fuel your fire.”

Everyone’s path is different, some have more bumps, roadblocks, and flat tires than others, yet despite all of that, we all still get there.

As one of my favorite quotes states, “Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time”

So, no matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in, it is okay to be your family’s Emily this year.

Embrace it, throw your excitement at everyone else’s accomplishments, and be thankful for where you are at.

Your time will come.

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Increased Popularity of E-Cigarettes Among Students Sparks Change

Featuring Cami Kidder, 19, who takes her Juul with her everywhere.

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With the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among high school and college students, especially the brand "JUUL," there has been country-wide concern about nicotine addiction and the health effects brought on by vaping.

According to Google Trends, Oxford, Ohio (the location of Miami University) is currently the most popular city in the state for the Google search "Juul." Related topics that are frequently googled along with the keyword "Juul" are pods, electronic cigarette, popcorn lung, flavor and nicotine.

Camryn Kidder is a sophomore at Miami University who has been using an e-cigarette device since her freshman year of high school and has recently purchased a Juul. She uses the device as a social tool and finds that she can't go out without it.

"I bought my first Juul because they were really popular, but then I got really into it and got hooked," she said.

She also acknowledged that when she first started vaping, she used a very low nicotine level, but as she used it more, she kept buying higher levels because she didn't get the same buzz with the lower level.

"It's just so easily accessible, and it's so widely accepted on campus," Kidder said.

Juul devices and flavored pods have even been sold by local bars Uptown. Brick Street Bar advertises "Juul Pods Sold Here" on the front area of their bar just before students walk in. This creates easy access for students to buy a new pod while they are inside the bar instead of leaving to go to one of the many other places where pods are sold Uptown.

According to Truth Initiative, the use of e-cigarettes has increased from 0.6% in 2011 to 3.3% in 2017 for middle school students and from 1.5% in 2011 to 11.7% in 2017 for high school students. This increased use of e-cigarettes is a huge concern for parents due to the negative health effects that the chemicals and nicotine can have for people at such a young age.

The recent ban of flavored Juul pods is due to the public backlash over the increase in teen vaping. According to the New York Times, Juul Labs announced they would "suspend sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would discontinue its social media promotions" in hopes of steering advertising away from teens.

On the Juul website, their mission statement says, "...We envision a world where fewer people use cigarettes," as well as stating, "...We believe that these alternatives are not appropriate for people who do not already smoke."

Although they advertise their product as something for smokers who want to quit using cigarettes, there is an ongoing investigation on claims that Juul was purposely marketing their product towards young people through social media after the device became popular in 2015.

"Our intent was never to have youth use Juul," said Kevin Burns, chief executive of Juul Labs, in a statement emailed to the New York Times reporters.

However, on Juul's official website, a quote from Men's Fitness magazine is advertised saying, "JUUL: The iPhone of E-Cigs," which is something that could appeal to younger people.

Along with the revocation of flavored Juul pods, the age to buy nicotine e-cigarette products has been raised to 21 in many cities, including Cincinnati. This age raise has been in process for a couple of years, but with the recent concern about teen vaping, there has been a lot more emphasis on it.

"Even if they raise the age and take away flavored pods, people are going to find a way to get around it," Kidder said.

She mentioned how there are many other types of e-cigarettes on the market with flavored juices that students could switch over to after the ban of flavored Juul pods. She also brought up that in Oxford "the age to buy nicotine products is still 18," meaning that most students at Miami are not affected by the recent age raise.

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