I’ve been a lifelong advocate and consumer of Cannabis. I can attest to the positive effect the plant has had on my life for many years. But in the beginning, it wasn’t always so rosey. I can remember being 15 years old (which is far too young to be smoking) and getting busted by my father. Needless to say, my dad, a 6 foot tall, 185 lb diesel mechanic and Vietnam vet, was not too keen on his eldest son going down this particular path. 

     Fast forward 22 years; I still greatly enjoy cannabis and in fact, currently find gainful employment legally growing it. My father, has since retired and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he’s not the tough-as-nails beast he use to be. In fact, he’s been struggling. Parkinson’s is, in part, caused by the body failing to produce dopamine. Among other things, Dopamine helps regulate movement, attention, learning, and emotional responses… including mood.  In the past few years he’s been put on a pretty serious cocktail of prescription drugs to help him in his daily life and one of those drugs is an antidepressant that gives him mixed internal signals and makes getting to sleep difficult and another is an anti-anxiety to help him sleep.

     I’ve been doing some home renovations and I asked him to come visit while I worked on the house. This was also an opportunity to observe him and perhaps help him in some way.  After witnessing the power these mood altering drugs were having on him, I very strongly suggested / insisted that we smoke together. And so we did… and it was amazing! He has since replaced those two very potent mood altering drugs with a low THC, high CBD daily smoking routine, and he can’t believe he’s waited this long to partake. 

     My main takeaways are to remain curious and open to new things. If you’re not satisfied with your treatments, seek alternatives. Talk to a budtender about what you’d like cannabis to potentially do for you, I know Maka (our Director of Sales and Marketing) was instrumental in my father’s pursuit of alternative medicine when he recommended the strain Nina’s Web and my family couldn’t be more grateful. Thanks Maka and the diverse and magical powers of cannabis!