Why Are You Using Cannabis?


Why are you using cannabis? I had been asking myself that a lot last month and while the question is simple enough my answers definitely weren’t as clear.

Currently, I daily use cannabis as a way to manage chronic pain and other health conditions. I sometimes also use it to manage depression, migraines, loss of appetite, and insomnia when that stuff comes up. I occasionally use it recreationally among friends. Within all of this cannabis use I sometimes notice myself falling into certain habits. Some of the habits, like applying topical CBD lotions daily, are awesome and I’m glad that I’ve been able to commit to that method of delivering CBDs to my endocannabinoid system. Then there are the less desirable habits that seem to sneak in on me.

One of my oldest and least favorite habits with cannabis is using it the same way every day only via the lungs. This in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the truth is that I seem to get stuck on that delivery method and it starts to dominate the way I use cannabis. I like how it feels and I get distracted with that feeling in my daily use. Those good feelings leave me forgetting that I need to be respectful toward what is going on with my lungs. Not only that but somehow when I smoke I rarely feel the ‘off button’ that tells me I don’t need any more. I have many other ways to medicate that are much more effective for my conditions than smoking, so why am I smoking it?

With these the patterns creeping I sat down and took an honest look at my cannabis use:

1) Why am I using cannabis right now? Chronic pain, migraines, depression, and recreationally.

2) How am I using cannabis right now? Vaporizing, topicals, tinctures, in my food, and smoking.

3) Is how I am currently using cannabis effective for my needs? Not really. Smoking and vaping aren’t nearly as effective for my body pains as ingesting and topicals but I have started relying on that limiting delivery method to do a much bigger job. That needs to change for me. 

4) How would I ideally need and like to be using cannabis? Vaporizing , tinctures, added to my food, and topically. I would like to limit my recreational smoking with friends and not let that delivery method creep back into my daily habits. I would like to save vaporizing for migraines, nausea, increasing my appetite, and depression.

5) What steps do I need to take to make my ideal use happen? I need to quit the smoking part. I got rid of the smoking paraphanilia that somehow came my way and I restocked my high CBD cannabis medicines to shift the focus back on how my body was feeling rather than what my habitually recreational brain was telling me.

Creating an ideal cannabis medicine plan and sticking with it can take effort for me and is one of the challenges that I personally face when I medicate daily. However, when I look at myself without judgement, making positive changes doesn’t feels rewarding rather than challenging.

I medicate with compassion for this one body that works so hard to allow me to experience life and I stay grateful for the fact that I have something as versatile, effective, and safe as cannabis.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bobbi Jo on September 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Really good post , still learning a lot. Found that the capusels work well but little expensive. I need to come to Seattle. Spokane did not have to great of dispensarys .. Maybe I just hit the wrong ones.

  2. Posted by Brittany Morebello on September 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Great post, I’ve been thinking the same things lately.

  3. It certainly takes a little shopping around to find the right medicine for your needs without breaking the bank. When you go to Seattle, I also recommend trying to hit a cannabis farmer’s market to get the most bang for your buck and find the widest variety in one spot. Happy medicine hunting.

  4. Glad to know I am not the only one who deals with this type of conundrum.
    Happiness and Health,

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