“Stevie Nicks said kicking Klonopin was the hardest thing in her life. And this is coming from a woman who regularly had cocaine blow up her a**." – HBO’s High Maintenance
I know a woman, a very professional woman, who’s quite successful in both her high-power tech consulting career and as a mother. Like every human, she is imperfect and has her weaknesses. The biggest one being her genetically pre-coded anxiety (I know plenty of humans with this weakness).
Alcohol, as ingrained as it is in our society, became a tool to combat this anxiety but (big surprise) it made things worse for her both mentally and physically. She and her husband brainstormed alternative solutions and together they discovered two successful paths to happiness. One was the mind-body harmony that comes with exercise and fitness. Ah yes, exertion plus endorphins equals mental and physical release of all kinds of stress. Natural, harmonious release (after all, we are designed to be physical beings).
The second was a simple cannabis tincture (I don’t know the brand). Let’s face facts; this tincture offers her an alternate state of being, a different atmosphere on a Friday or Saturday night when it’s time to cut loose, in the same (macro) way that alcohol does for most people, but without the damaging side effects. It’s Mother Nature’s Klonopin she uses responsibly to celebrate on the weekend. It’s the most beautiful story of the benefits of legal marijuana in Washington State that I’ve ever personally encountered. It’s a story that makes me happy and strangely proud for everyone involved.
For the record, and just to point out my own character flaws (including a bit of anxiety and OCD), I love really fresh, hoppy beer. Ironically fresh hops smell like really fresh bud…spicy and sweet. There must be something to that yes? For the record (again), if I drink too much fresh hoppy beer I talk stupid and suffer from insomnia, night sweats and increased anxiety. So maybe I should consider this tincture option for myself.
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It is 4 am, but I have not slept yet. My stomach is rumbling, but I can not eat without throwing up. Sudden electric sensations in my head, known as brain zaps, are irritating. I also have to deal with mild, but persistent headache: it won’t respond to over-the-counter painkillers. Restlessness. Nausea. Shivers. It has been five days I got off Lexapro, the most popular SSRI antidepressant in the United States.
What does it have to do with legal cannabis, one might ask. Well, Lexapro is widely used to treat anxiety disorders, be it generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. In legal states doctors are allowed to recommend patients with anxiety to try CBD (cannabidiol, one of the dozens of cannabinoids, marijuana’s ) tinctures and high-CBD low-THC strains of marijuana.
Reading marijuana-devoted websites can be both educational and frustrating. The frustrating part begins when people who are in charge of attracting more visitors make up silly meaningless listicles, like this one that claims to provide 17 reasons to date a girl who smokes weed. Of course every girl who smokes weed will click on this. And some of them will also forward the link to their boyfriends, so it works.
I need to say that I highly respect the High Times magazine. It is probably the most important media outlet for drug culture of the 20th century. They still do quality journalism, although they have some competition now. But can’t they do better than trying to imitate Buzzfeed?