Fighting for my country turned out to be much different than I had romanticized in my mind.
Now, I’m in a fight for my life due to PTSD.
I am definitely not the same person who came back from war. But I’ve tried so hard to put up a veneer in order to play the part soldier and now citizen. But the more I tried to get on with life back at home, the more my PTSD affected me. Fortunately, I had a steward in my life that loves me unconditionally. My sister saw right through the veneer and knew that I needed help. And that help has come in the form of medical cannabis. My sister was able to provide me with cannabis information. Without pushing me, she arranged for me to learn more and get a cannabis education. She even made sure that she was able to take me to a series of cannabis dispensary events. That was when I finally realized, after speaking to other veterans, that the medical marijuana benefits when it came to PTSD were real. I found a support group end immediately felt better. Almost the entire group learned how to get a medical marijuana card to gain access to the cannabis products that are helping them. And in turn, they helped me learn how to get a medical marijuana card and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I’ve been in therapy and group therapy now for nearly a year. I’ve also been treating with cannabis flower products for about as long. My stress and anxiety are managed so much better these days. But I also understand that I have a ways to go but I’m not too afraid given the results from medical cannabis.