I been taking medical marijuana for a year now and thought I would update everyone on the progress. Let me set the stage a bit. I am not much for drugs. Those that know me well, know that I didn't even drink until I was 25 and I never tried any drugs until I was 27. When I drink, I rarely get buzzed. I just don't drink for that reason. It's more of a flavor thing than an altered state thing. Just how I roll.
I have had sleeping issues since high school. I finally decided to tackle that last year, you know... decades later. The doctor recommended Zoloft but I really did not want to take that based on what I read, and anecdotal stuff my friends had told me. So I decided to try cannabis instead.
It works well for my insomnia. I sleep well with it.
But there are drawbacks. I started off using edibles because I hate smoking anything. The problem with the edibles is one, the taste. I have yet to try an edible that doesn't feel like I am licking out the inside of a bong. They are just gross.
Then I tried the pills. I really liked these. I got 30MG pills which I cut into threes, bc I don't need much to pass out. Once again, not looking to get stoned, just sleep.
My problem with both the edibles and the pills is dosage consistency. Even at "10MG" I would have to take the pill at 6pm and would still wake up stoned sometimes. I tried countless products and never found one to be consistent.
I just now resorted to smoking again. I dont do much but at least I never wake up stoned. I pass out and I am good. But I hate that I have to smoke it.
I feel if cannabis is going to take root outside of party culture, consistency is the next nut to crack. While I have enjoyed many more nights of sleep since getting my green card, dealing with this has been frustrating.
If you take medical cannabis, I would love to hear your story.
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