Alternative Medicine

I know that alternative medicine is a controversial subject, but I think it’s worth exploring. I recently applied for my Medical Card and since my disease is covered, I was approved. I received my physical card in the mail last week and decided to start looking at what types of medicines are available.

Many people in my UC support groups on Facebook use cannabis or some combination of CBD and THC. Some people and doctors recommend a ratio of 1:1 (CBD:THC) for UC patients so that’s what I was looking for. I don’t like smoking anything. This could be due to having low lung capacity as a child and having inhaler breathing treatments. I mean, I don’t know for sure, but I really don’t like smoking. I decided to go for a tincture which are sublingual drops. I was nervous to take it because I don’t really like the “high” feeling. I like to feel that I’m in control of my body and mind.

As some of you may know, I recently worked in the cannabis industry and they all thought I was so weird for working in the industry because I don’t smoke. I love the idea of alternative medicine and many studies show the benefits of cannabis for several health conditions. That’s why I started working in the industry. Also, I love plants! Cannabis plants are really beautiful and I enjoyed working with and learning about them for the short time I was there. I would still be working there if this particular company was more professional. I will give them the benefit of the doubt because they are a very new company (and new to Florida), but I couldn’t work in those conditions. When I resigned, they asked me to reconsider several times and said I was the type of professional they wanted to bring into the industry. I guess they expected my professionalism to rub off on everyone else and change the work culture? That’s not how things work. I really hope this industry eventually gains a reputation of professionalism because so many people need this medicine.

That being said, since I worked in the industry, I know how medical cannabis is grown and the VERY strict compliance requirements and regulations the industry must follow. For this reason, I know medical cannabis from a licensed facility is third-party tested for contaminants and they only sell safe products (product safety is a concern of many people) . So now for the funny story:

I got my medicine and decided to try it out on Saturday evening. I wasn’t sure how strong it would be or how it would affect me so I wanted to wait until things were settled for the night. So, I’m reading the instructions and it says the dose is 2 drops, under the tongue. Ok, no problem. I get the dropper full of the oil and start to squeeze it under my tongue…I can’t feel any drops. Wait, I just felt one on my lip, oops…ok….I know I’m squeezing the dropper…What’s going on? I pull the dropper out of my mouth and look at it. It’s HALF EMPTY!!!! OH NO!!!! I know you can’t overdose, but I was worried I would sleep for days! Twenty minutes passed, didn’t feel any different, an hour, no different. About two hours later I started to feel so relaxed but not immobile. The feeling continued to intensify until I fell asleep on the couch. I think it was about 10 pm. I woke up at 4 am, got up and went to bed – sleeping until 8:30. That was the best sleep I’ve had in a very long time! I had some very vivid dreams and woke up feeling a little groggy but very rested.

Needless to say, the next night, I took it while looking in the mirror. Haha! I didn’t have any noticeable psychoactive effects and today I felt so much better. I wasn’t in the pain I’ve been in for so long and without getting too detailed, things were more normal than they have been in months! I can’t say for sure if the medicine is helping or if it’s just a fluke. Those happen too. If this really does help with the pain, inflammation, and insomnia, I will be so grateful.

I guess for me, dealing with this disease for 9 years now and having a rough last few months – and honestly a rough last year or so (it’s been a while since I’ve felt I was actually in remission) – I’m ready to try just about anything before the doctors convince me to try immunosuppressant drugs. I hope this post hasn’t offended anyone. I know cannabis is controversial, but for those in doubt or against its use, I hope you would understand that there is a legitimate medical need for it. It’s less harmful than many of the drugs I’m currently on ( I have to get blood work done every six months to check my kidney function) and it’s a pain reliever that those with gastrointestinal problems can actually use. Tylenol is one of the only pain relievers we can take and it doesn’t work for me. I know cannabis works for so many others and I hope I can finally feel normal again, if not by cannabis, by a combination of alternative medicines and/or pharmaceuticals. ❤️

Here’s a photo from the chalk art festival we went to in Bartow last Sunday. I took many videos but this was the only photo. 😕 It was such a fun event and I would suggest checking one out if you have the opportunity.

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