Abuse, ADHD, Chronic Pain, and Repeated Concussions Sent Me Down a Path of Self-Destruction

RxLeaf August 5, 2018 0 comments

The future is looking brighter for having the human right to be able to choose which healing path my mind, body and soul need.

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Physical problems manifested as I played competitive sports. I dealt with the repeated concussions common in athletes. I fractured twelve bones, recovered from 12 head injuries and had over 100 stitches and four surgeries before I was 23 years old.  I’ve always thought that being an athlete with ADHD  naturally led to an injury-prone life.

I was sexually abused when I was 8 or 9 years old. This event planted a “mind virus” that has infected every aspect of my self worth, relationships, and mental stability.

Since early childhood, I have struggled with focus. I still suffer from ADHD. Historically, teachers and employers would challenge why I was struggling with sitting still and remaining attentive. I always had an anger seething beneath the surface that I felt helpless to control or make go away.

“A Pill Haze”

Twenty years later I was semi-living/mostly dying as a full blown alcoholic/drug addict. I lived in chronic  pain physically and mental anguish from trying to deal with my neurosis… or avoid it at that point in my life.
After suffering what doctors called a ‘TIA stroke,’ I was hospitalized. I saw a myriad of doctors & specialists that were able to connect the dots with my physical and mental illnesses. I was given pharmaceutical drugs just as I was given candy as a child; a guinea pig, troubleshooting manic experiences throughout a pill haze.
I am truly grateful to be able to have the options I have being a Canadian citizen and fortunate for free health care.  I believe pharmaceutical drugs have done great things and continue to do for many people, but for me today, it seems that handing out pills as though they are candy is the solution of a narrow-minded medical system
Being openminded to the miracle and benefits of medicinal cannabis has truly changed my life. It gave me an option to choose a healthy road to have complete wellness: mind, body and soul.
I have been monitored by a neurologist for 3 years now and a neuropsychiatric for over a year. Everyday I get better.

Today, I carry the simple lesson that taking a couple drops of CBD oil gives me the same (and sometimes a lot better) effect without the struggle of side effects that the pills were giving me.  CBD has helped me focus and live in the moment, has slowed the stream of thoughts racing through my mind, helped with my chronic pain, and brought my spirits up out of depression.

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How This Person Doses

I have been very aware of the doses I take, and what time of the day I take them:
25.78% CBD 1.98% THC in the morning;
A dose the size of a grain of rice of 65% CBD 12% THC for bed;
26% CBD and 9% THC during the day.
I ground through a stage of trouble-shooting the right dose and the proper percentages of THC and more importantly, for me at least, CBD. It was no different from going through the mandatory three months of trying pills before you would know if they were working properly.
Medicinal cannabis has been paramount in my chronic pain recovery and return to wellness. The future is looking brighter for having the human right to be able to choose which healing path my mind, body and soul need.

repeated concussions in athletes represented by concussions on chart

What RxLeaf Says About Repeated Concussions in Athletes

Cannabis medicine is a gift. The above patient’s story makes clear how life can spiral out of control quickly, and how difficult it can be to regain forward momentum.

Repeated concussions in athletes is cause for serious concern. Despite how the NFL may have downplayed the issue in the past, it’s now common consensus that football players suffer seriously from hard knocks to the helmet. Repetitive brain trauma can lead to a range of neurological disorders.

And cannabis may offer a solution. Professional sports leagues of all stripes are investing serious time and cash into seeing how weed may help their athletes recover faster and live better lives after concussions.

The National Hockey League is looking into how cannabis can treat its players who suffer head trauma. And the UFC is investigating all the many potential benefits cannabis offers for elite fighters.

These moves aren’t coming out of left field. There’s good science backing it up these investigations, and plenty of reasons to believe cannabis can help treat repeated concussions in athletes.

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The Cannabis Solution to Repeated Concussions in Athletes

A 2018 study[1]Jennifer McVige, Vincent Harry Bargnes, Said Shukri, LaszloMechtler. (2018). Cannabis, concussion, and chronic pain: An ongoing retrospective analysis at Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, … Continue readingin the journal Neurology found that cannabis could be used to treat concussions. In fact, in this study, eighty percent of concussed medical cannabis patients show “significant improvement in activity level and symptoms.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

The study, which purports to lay the groundwork for future cannabis concussion studies, was not content to simply show that cannabis caused most concussion patients to see improvements in their pain, mood, sleep, attention, and dizziness. It decided to investigate what kinds of cannabis — and what methods of consumption — produced the greatest results. This is the kind of research the community longs for.

doctor meeting with young man to speak about repeated concussions in athletes

The Findings Are:

  • High-CBD vape pens worked best for fast headache relief. (The chemovar used had a one to five ratio of CBD to THC, which produced no psychoactive results).
  • Tinctures work well for pain. Most pain would calm with a 1.5 ml dose of tincture split evenly between THC and CBD.
  • Severe pain resulting from concussions in athletes saw the best treatment through high-THC vape pens. These had a twenty-to-one THC-CBD ratio.

Almost every day, scientists are learning more ways that that cannabis can benefit the brain. The athlete above feels lucky to live in an area with legal access to the medicine that helped get his life back on track and heal his damaged body.

Others should also have the same access.

References

1 Jennifer McVige, Vincent Harry Bargnes, Said Shukri, LaszloMechtler. (2018). Cannabis, concussion, and chronic pain: An ongoing retrospective analysis at Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, NY. Neurology, 91 (23 Supplement 1) S18-S19 https://n.neurology.org/content/91/23_Supplement_1/S18.3

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