HBO vs. Real Life - An Expose’ into Anxiety Relief

HBO vs. Real Life - An Expose’ into Anxiety Relief

March 13, 2017

By Patrick McNerthney

“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).

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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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