From sitting around the campfire with some friends on the beach, to sneaking around with your middle school significant other, behind your parents backs’, there are few stories us prolific cannabis users remember more then the first time we became acquainted with “the green goddess”. I vividly remember the first time I encountered marijuana, as it probably was not the most common out there, especially for a teenager in California. I will admit it, I am a goody-two-shoes.
From sitting around the campfire with some friends on the beach, to sneaking around with your middle school significant other, behind your parents backs’, there are few stories us prolific cannabis users remember more then the first time we became acquainted with “the green goddess”.
I never did anything wrong, and never got into trouble. I had always been raised that marijuana, smoking, and drugs would all lead to my life being ruined. Unfortunately, it seemed fate had other ideas of ruining my life outside of the scary cannabis that my parents always warned me about. I never thought that I would be consuming over two ounces of medicinal cannabis in various forms a week!
The year was 2011, and my life would never be the same. I was diagnosed with Tietzies Syndrome, and a mid thoracic syrinx. Both which led to chronic pain conditions that quite frankly ruined my life for the following years. At this time, I was on many various prescription medications. From NSAIDS, to strong narcotics on the daily. As anyone who has experienced something similar, or have seen others experience it, you know how unpleasant it can be. You know all those prescription drug commercials, where some happy-go-lucky elderly person is enjoying life to the fullest? Then there is a good 1-2 minutes of extremely fast spoken side effects, and one wonders how someone can even take these drugs? Yeah, those are what I was on. It was not fun, especially as a young teenager. Dealing with all of this, and how these medications effected me was constantly a hinderance in my day to day life, as well as my schooling.
I was on many various prescription medications. It was not fun, especially as a young teenager. Dealing with all of this, and how these medications effected me was constantly a hinderance in my day to day life, as well as my schooling.
Fast forward a few years, to around 2015, and I am meeting with one of my new pain management doctors. After discussing and going over my pain medications, as is standard, out of the blue, and to my utter surprise, my Pain Management doctor turned to me, and asked me if I had tried Marijuana. I did not even know what to say! I felt as if he would not believe me if I said no, (he always joked about things like that) and so I just went with I had previously had a joint at some party. He asked me if it had helped with the pain, and I said that I had felt at the time it did. After a little more discussion, he sent me home with some brochures and information on how to get my Medical Marijuana Card here in California. A few days later, I was in my first dispensary, and again my life would never be the same!
Looking back now, the place I chose to go to first, was not a place I would ever recommend someone new to cannabis to explore; it was run down, and possibly not even legally run. (These days I only go to extremely professional and medical grade dispensaries). I walked out with a few grams of Skywalker OG, and an Indica Tincture. I had never known you could do so much more with Cannabis then smoke it! I was amazed! Leaving the store with my “goody-bag” I made my way home to see if I could substitute some of my narcotics for pain that night.
I had never known you could do so much more with Cannabis then smoke it!
Creating what my now Finance’s little brother calls a “gunzool” (typical Cali stoner kid), which consists of a Gatorade bottle with a carb hole in it, and another hole, with either a pen, or some other tube, and a substitute for a bowl all taped up. Its a makeshift bong. I am sure most of you will know what I am talking about. We went into the backyard, he and I, fighting the wind and hoping no one would hear, see, and most importantly smell us, we finally lit up. He guided me on what to do, having never smoked anything before. I remember the sweet, smokey aroma that filled the air, as well as my lungs as my head left my shoulders, and the pain left my body. I had never been so relaxed in my entire life, and it had been a long time since I had felt so good physically. My mind wandered, and we just relaxed. We joked, bonded. We sat there, for about an hour longer slowly clearing a few bowls as the future of my life took shape. I remember the feeling vividly, the now oh so familiar haze that takes over, but not too strongly, and the world just melts away into a warm lull. It was glorious! I felt I had all the positive effects from my painkillers, without the common negative side effects! It seemed finally, after so long I may have found a solution to my pain, and prescription issues! I had no idea what a role cannabis would play in the coming years, but I think I can safely say I do believe it would be a positive one!