It took me nearly six months to convince my mom to visit the cannabis dispensary.
Because she grew up in a time when marijuana was considered very detrimental to mental health and productivity, she had a great deal of prejudice against it.
I tried to explain that it is simply a plant. Cannabis has been used as a medicinal treatment since ancient times. No one has ever died from an overdose from consuming cannabis. It doesn’t create the long-term harmful side-effects of pharmaceuticals. I told her all about the endocannabinoid system in the human body and how the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant bind with receptors to influence balance and homeostasis. After lots of long conversation, my mother finally agreed to take a look around. My mother suffers from severe arthritis in her fingers. Her knuckles swell and her joints become so painful that she can’t make a fist. She struggles to open jars, type on a computer, work in her garden, sew and paint. She was forced to give up the majority of her favorite activities. She wasn’t having much luck with conventional medicine. At the dispensary, we explained her issues to one of the budtenders who recommended applying topicals and consuming tinctures. He recommended strains with a higher ratio of CBD and lower percentages of THC. The combination of THC and CBD working together provide exceptional benefits. However, the lower THC content avoids the extreme psychoactive effects. After just a week of using the topicals and tinctures, my mother noticed a significant improvement. There was far less inflammation and pain.