Jeremy found himself sitting in a cold bleak room in a mental health unit for 14 hours. The room in itself was depressing. There were missing chips of paint on the walls, no baseboards and the only thing in the room being a rusty old stretcher. His stay in the hospital ended up lasting 3 days. “3 of the longest days of my life.” He says.
“I always knew I was different but I really noticed changes by age 28.” Jeremy tells me. It was about three years ago when he first went to the doctor because his boss noticed something wasn’t right with him. Jeremy, a chef by trade, would go from happy and upbeat to severely depressed and withdrawn a couple of days later.
He was prescribed Effexor but finding the right dosage when beginning anti depressants is an adjustment period. He tried different dosages and was referred to a psychiatrist. Although the medication was beginning to work, he was still experiencing bouts of severe anxiety socially and at work. He began researching cannabis and its effects on depression and anxiety. That’s when he spoke to his family doctor about medical cannabis.
“She was very supportive of it.” Jeremy adds. For the last 4 months he has been using cannabis to combat the anxiety and depression. Successfully. He visited a local dispensary in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They were able to recommend a few sativa dominant strains for him to try. His current favorite is Sunkiss. A creeping sativa blend with an orange aromatic that’s good for functional pain relief as well as stress reduction; good for mood enhancement, depression and PTSD. He smokes cannabis currently but is very interested in trying oils.
“It levels me out. I feel good and my head doesn’t feel like it’s going to spin off my shoulders.” Jeremy reveals. He feels much more positive than he did before. He feels increasingly confident in his cooking skills, and he tells me he can concentrate and focus more on creating his dishes.
I asked Jeremy what he thought of the impending Legalization. “I think it’s great because we are pushed to take so many pills these days, if i can find a natural way, I’m going to choose it.” Jeremy says he prefers going to a dispensary because it allows him to see the product, smell it and ask questions. “We need a better education program in place to end the stigmas attached to marijuana.” He adds.
Jeremy also wants to remind people to not be afraid to ask for help from family and friends if you need it. “As hard as it is to ask for help, I’m glad I did.”
If you or someone close to you is using cannabis to treat illness/injury or pain, I’d love to hear from you and share your story.