Cannabis & Mental Health ~ Bridging the Gap

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How Cannabis Can Help Your State of Mind

As a well adjusted 40 year old woman that has experienced childhood trauma, teen trauma, and adult trauma, cannabis has helped me as an adult, get through the worst experiences in my life. While I sought out professional help in my late 20’s for severe depression, anxiety disorder, multiple personality disorder and PTSD, the amazing team I obtained, had taught me better ways to cope for the life I was given, and for the life I had to eventually learn to lead. Through the roughest moments, I was forced to figure out what the best ways were for me to cope, because the other ways I was coping were not healthy, and I was leading a fast tracked life of hard drugs and alcohol. It wasn’t until further in my sexual abuse PTSD rehabilitation sessions, and healthy coping behavior skills course, that I realized why I had been abusing these substances. I had been numbing out my memories of sexual abuse and childhood trauma with cocaine and alcohol. I was fading away from pain in order not to deal with it. Addiction comes with a hard price, as it almost did for me. Thankfully, I was a functioning addict who got proper help in my early stages of addiction. With addiction, some people can lose themselves in stitched moments of foggy hangovers and tremoring withdrawals. I did not have to experience any of that thankfully, because I had the right medical team, psychological coaching, and a “wanting to heal” mindset. This ultimately created healthier behavior patterns for myself which proved long term, to have replenished my mind, body and soul. It opened an opportunity window for peaceful internal healing , so that I could start living again.

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The most important thing I remind myself when I am down, is that there is help, resources, and other people who have been in similar situations, who I can identify with similar experiences. Group therapy helped me immensely. I was not alone in my fears and traumas. As I heavily bonded with other women in my similar situation,  it was then I truly realized that there was hope for me to heal. There was a real opportunity for me to start healing as a victim and survivor of lifelong sexual abuse. So I went for it, and completed the rehabilitation courses and group therapy sessions in two years. The tricky part afterwards? Staying on top of it, everyday. And there is a better, healthier, safer way to do so. With cannabis. Using cannabis as a mental health coping regime can be beneficial even if you don’t use cannabis on a regular basis, or at all. I know personally PTSD patients, who are veterans of war, who now use cannabis as medicine to cope through the ongoing terrors that surface. Cannabis DOES HELP with mental wellness. Being able to cope healthily mentally, means being able to move on, so you can start a new emotional path to healing yourself as a whole.

DSC_2241As no trauma can be diminished over any period of time, coping the best we can and staying on top of our emotions become the forefront of our daily happiness’. Easier said than done, I know. Cannabis has been my personal saving grace not only for my arthritis, but also for my mental health issues. It keeps my emotions in check, my anxiety down and my spirit happily fed. I am motivated to clean my home, go for walks, call my friends and make it to work. I am living my life the way I ought to be because I use cannabis. If you suffer from mental health issues, you can take your life back. Getting help is your first step. Get help to clear the fog, to figure out your triggers, to sort the clouds. Talk to a doctor about cannabis as medicine. Open up a door and create dialogue. Educate yourself and your caregiver. I use cannabis so I can feel better, so I can deal with my emotions rationally, and awaken dormant brain hormones to feel my happiest. Cannabis balances me, and perhaps it can do the same for you.

Adopting Healthy Coping Behaviour Skills

I am a strong believer in the “Teach a Man to Fish” logic, so I will teach my readers some easy coping behaviour skills through this blog. I find staying on top of my emotions daily is the best way to deal with my mental health issues instead of hoping an episode or breakdown doesn’t occur. Think of it as preventative rather than a bandage to an ONGOING issue. The best formula for this (I found for myself) is daily self-affirmation and daily self-pampering. By doing one positive thing for yourself every single day, it tells ourselves that we are loving ourselves by giving ourselves a little attention we cannotbong bath get from anyone else. Our biggest mistakes in life is relying on others to do important things for us, like giving us happiness. Well, that is simply unrealistic and holds no logic. We are the captains of our own ships and we can decide for ourselves whether or not we want to use our sails. Never rely on anyone to do anything for you that you cannot do for yourself. By doing something for yourself as simple as going for a brisk walk, cleaning out an old closet, or helping a friend move, it proves to be a self-rewarding moment in the process of healing. Take a vape pen with you on the go, or roll a fatty to make the task more uplifting and fulfilling. Get semi-stoned, not ripped. Watch as you accomplish your daily task, the worries and stressors dissipate, leaving you internally satisfied. When overwhelmed or stressed, have a hot epsom salt bath and hotbox the bathroom with some weedy bong rips or shatter dabs, then get RIPPED.

Socializing & Making New Friends For Support

Making time to socialize is so important. Even when we want to shut the world out, we should always remember that without our friends, we might not have anyone to lean on in the worst of times, so it’s important to spend time with them for good times as well. Afterall, they will likely understand your pain and hold you when you need to let it all out. Heading to a movie requires little talking if you aren’t in the mood to yap. Sometimes those awkward silences can be strange and uncomfortable so a movie can play a good role in keeping those moments at bay. Another way to socialize without really having to go anywhere is calling someone on the phone. Reaching out lets others know how you are doing, and allows you to see how they are doing too. But I think getting out and doing something is truly the way to go. One of my favorite cannabis friendly socializing spots are vapor lounges in Vancouver. We have a few great ones, like Cannabis Culture Lounge and Budzilla, whvapor loungeere people can socialize and openly smoke weed in a safe environment. If you do not have access to one near you, I might suggest gathering friends for one big session at an agreeable disclosed location. Large pot smoking sessions are fun and a great way to reconnect with people you may not have seen in awhile. Be sure to bring munchies!

Tapping Into Your Creative DNA (We All Have It)

If you can imagine, you can create. Remember the days where you drew pictures, colored pictures or wrote poems? Or perhaps you weren’t that creative. Maybe you liked building model cars, woodworking or flying robotic airplanes? Rediscovering your youthful creative and adventurous side can be a great navigational tool for coping and healing. By mentally focusing outside of your everyday conscious thinking core, exercising the subconscious imagination often is allowing yourself to live again in ways that make you happy and uplifted. And what a better way to exercise it as uninhibited as you can, while being nicely high on cannabis. Cannabis unleashes creative thinking, physical relaxation and mental reflexes. These are all primal traits for creativity and flow. If you want to try something outside your zone, go for it, and try it with cannabis. Take up a pottery class, try painting, or take up a local pot-yoga class. As long as you apply yourself in new and creative ways, you can guarantee that those bleak, dark, sadder days will soon become a thing of the past. Dedicate time for yourself to medicate and restore, and remember that only you can make you happy. Try cannabis in these adventures, and try them with or without stoney friends. The only thing that matters is that you try. Hempy healing ❤

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