A Friend Shares His Patient Journey…
An Example of Medical Marijuana and CBD Changing Lives
When struggling with things like Chronic Pain, Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety related conditions, Medical Marijuana and CBD are carving their place in the patient/provider community. For chronically ill patients who depend on toxic pharmaceuticals, they provide an alternative or complementary treatment that helps ease the unpleasant side effects.
This is Jim. Before you read his story, I’d like readers to know that he and I go back a few years now. He is one of the kindest but toughest men I ever met.
I’ll always remember him for swooping in to “save me” from an uncomfortable moment where I encountered a very aggressive, touchy guy at a promo event. His assistance meant the world to me that day, and it certainly wasn’t something I was used to. Who knew we would both end up being cannabis patients years later..
Like many patients in legal medical states, Jim was eventually able to turn away from pharmaceuticals and use Medical Marijuana to help ease his debilitating symptoms. Read below as he shares, in his own words, how medical marijuana and CBD oil saved his life.
This Is Jim’s Story…
I’m honored to be the one to bring his story to you.
How Medical Marijuana And CBD Oil Saved My Life
–by Jim Morrow
Due to having severe depression (which runs in my family) and developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, my therapists prescribed me anti-depressants. While they did help me in the beginning, my body adapted to them quickly. As a solution, my therapists prescribed me multiple anti-depressants at higher dosages than when I started.
I made the mistake of believing that I needed those medications to function in life. In reality, I was on way too much medication for way too long. For almost 20 years I consumed two or three different anti-depressants daily, at what I now know was almost toxic levels. To this day, I am confused and extremely angry at every therapist I ever spoke to. Not one of them monitored my reactions to the medications or even seemed to care about how long I was on them, for what I now know to be way too long.
Complications From Medication = More Medications
One day, my whole body went completely haywire and rejected all the medications. I developed Chronic Tardive Akathisia from them. Akathisia causes feelings of extreme restlessness, agitation, distress, and an intense need to keep moving. The closest description that I can personally give about Akathisia is that it is like having a panic attack, 24/7, that does not go away. In my case, it did not go away for over a year and a half.
I lost over 25 pounds in less than a month. I also could not stop moving, even to sit down. Lastly, I would go for days without sleeping, which caused bad hallucinations. It felt like I had an electrical current running through my body at all times. It was the closest thing to torture that I have ever felt in my life. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.
I went to multiple doctors, specialists, and hospitals, plus multiple in-patient and out-patient medical facilities. All these doctors and therapists did to ‘treat’ me was to pump me up with more medications. None of which helped. I got to the point where I was on five different medications. Two of which (Gabapentin and Seroquel) caused extreme withdrawal symptoms when I stopped taking them. And, no, not one doctor warned me about the impending withdrawal that I was to go through.
Due to the abundance of medications that I was taking, my blood pressure soared up. The doctor’s answer was to put me on more medication to combat the side effects of the other medication I was taking. In a brief moment of mental clarity, I realized that the doctor’s answers to my ailment, which was caused by excessive intake of medications, was to pump me up with even more medications.
The Turning Point
At that point, I realized that I had to stop listening to the doctors and therapists. It was up to me to get myself healthy again. I immediately demanded that the doctors ween me off the medications. They advised against it, which fell on my deaf ears. Enough was enough.
As I was reluctantly weaned off the poisons that the medical community SELLS as medication, I began using CBD oil. Not only did the CBD oil help me get off the medical poisons that were making me sick, they actually helped me with the Akathisia. More so than any doctor prescribed medication did.
I fought for a year and a half and was finally getting my health back (to the amazement of the doctors and therapists). Since the CBD oil helped me so much, I asked the doctors and therapists about medical marijuana. Of course, these ‘experts’ were totally against it, and I am glad that they were. That was all I needed to know. At that point, I realized that I had to get away from them and fully heal myself on my own terms.
Advice From A Friend
I contacted a good friend of mine Tai, (@staylifted.bettyjane), and briefly explained what I had gone through. She immediately gave me both wellness recommendations and the information I needed to obtain my Medical Marijuana License. And thank God that she did, because medical marijuana not only helped me with the Akathisia, it also helped treat my Post Traumatic Stress and depression issues immensely.
Due to the Akathisia, I am supposed to have trouble sleeping for the rest of my life. Medical marijuana works so well at putting me to sleep, that I sometimes forget that I’m supposed to have trouble sleeping. It works that well. Also, my PTSD symptoms have lessened on a massive level. Nightmares are now non-existent, and my flashbacks are few and far between. Even the anger issues that PTSD cause have lessened, which is very surprising to me. And, slowly but surely, my depression issues are getting better. Again, that is very surprising to me since my depression is a hereditary issue that has plagued many members of my family for many years.
The Bounce Back
I’m glad to say that, as I write this, my health and overall outlook on life has come back 100%. The medical marijuana and CBD oil therapies may have saved my life because not only was I physically and mentally very sick, there is a high suicide rate for people with extreme forms of Akathisia. I’m not ashamed to say that after a year and a half of battling the sickness, I was beginning to think death was a viable option. Thankfully, I beat it and I don’t have thoughts like that no more.
All in all, I truly believe that medical marijuana and CBD oil saved my life.
If anyone who reads my story is going through the same ailment I was or something similar, please feel free to contact me (my E-mail address is email@example.com). Even if you’re going through something completely different than what I went through, sometimes talking things out can be very therapeutic. I’m very willing to listen and am eager to help if I can.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story -Jim
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