I'm in Canada, have been working with herbs since I was a child, when my grandmother indirectly taught me & got me interested in natural healing. I initially started off with essential oils many years ago & making natural personal care products because I was terrified of using store-bought chemical concoctions on my kids. It was much later I got into everything cannabis.
Although I was a heavy weed smoker as a teen, I dropped it before I hit my 20s as I didn't like the paranoia I was experiencing. I also had my family coming down on me very heavilyabout my usage, which ended up with me getting locked up in various juvenile facilities during that time period. Cannabis really was the 'evil weed' in my family's mind.
Many years later, I got so sick I nearly died & will be dealing with chronic illness for the rest of my life. Was also told at one point I would never walk again, which just wasn't going to fly with me. I eventually got out of my wheelchair after nearly 3 years due to reiki & physical therapy, but the constant pain since then has been unbearable as my leg is even more damaged now. Still waiting for surgery in our raped medical system
The chronic pain & daily intake of high doses of morphine was slowly doing me in. My oldest son, who is heavily into everything weed, suggested I try different cannabis extracts, which I wasn't 100% open to at the time because I still had memories of that paranoia. I wanted to be able to function without being stoned all day & also saw that his massive daily intake of cannabis was really negatively affecting his life, which made me think twice as well.
Out of desperation, I finally looked into cannabis more seriously several years later & found that cannabis extracts were far more effective than anything I had been given for pain. I have since then tried many extracts, started making my own topicals, oral microdosing formulations, suppositories, edibles etc a few years back. I've also been able to help many others dealing with chronic pain with my formulations, which I have combined with many other herbs & essential oils for even greater benefit. Even our dog has taken extracts after surgery, when I'll or in pain, when his appetite is low, with zero negative side effects.
I now use cannabis & its extracts daily to treat not only my chronic pain, but the debilitating depression, migraine headaches, my sleeping disorder, PTSD & anxiety attacks I had since childhood. Nothing has worked for me like cannabis for any of these conditions. Nothing. I have been able to cut my morphine dose in half very quickly with little to no withdrawals at all, making life far more enjoyable overall.
That's about it.....nice to meet everyone