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On the Road to Recovery: One Patient’s Journey

Road to Recovery

By Kirsten O’Brien

Recently, a patient of ours shared his story with us. Even though his name has been changed for confidentiality purposes, his story is nonetheless heartwarming and inspiring to anyone suffering from mental illness. The following is an account of a remarkable journey back to recovery told in the patient’s own words.

I was first exposed to street cannabis at an early age. For years, this was my fall back to guide myself through self-medicating techniques. Due to the level of my early childhood traumas, and resulting later in extreme cases of post-traumatic stress, I began to use what I knew as recreational marijuana and other narcotics as self-medicating to relieve some of the symptoms I was experiencing. Since I was on the path to discovering tolerances and alleviating my pains, I had developed a high level of respect and understanding for the plant we all know as marijuana.

At the age of 16, I was first suspected to be in the category of major depressive. Alternatively, my family whom I closely interact with suspected that it was more than depression and seasonal affective disorder.

When I was 18, I was hospitalized. It was suspected that I might fall in the category of schizo-affective disorder. After more trials, tribulations and many many, MANY medications, I found myself in and out of the hospital for no less than a month at a time for the next three years. This is when I had gone under very extensive neurological testing and resulted in my current diagnosis¾ hyper-rapid cycling bipolar as well as borderline personality disorder.

Both during and post-diagnosis, I would rely on cannabis to help in many ways. However, I was always burdened with the guilt and fear of obtaining it by other means. With medical cannabis being more readily available to those that have a prescription, it has been easier and more stress-free than ever to place and receive an order. I have never experienced a time where I have been short or without my prescription. If I find myself running low, most times I can place an order and receive it the next day. It is THE safer and more honest way about ordering medical cannabis.

As a result of this bartering for illegal street goods, being constantly disappointed with product and its unreliability, I had entertained the idea of being medically licensed though it always seemed unobtainable. After being guided to Plants Not Pills by my fiancé early this year, I have since regained a tremendous amount of hope for myself. My daily outlook is a lot brighter and I feel even more confident knowing where my medical cannabis is coming from. The consistency that I have received from both Aphria and Mettrum remain very high. Since my prescription has been issued, I have learned to respect my generous dosage and regard it truly as one of my many medications. Since starting with Plants Not Pills, I have been able to reduce and eliminate some of my medications. The patient service teams at Plants Not Pills, Mettrum, Tilray, and Aphria are all highly regarded and the amount of care that all the teams uphold constantly is clearly evident.

Though I am currently on disability and not able to work, I have aspirations of working for a local licensed producer.

Without all the great people at Plants Not Pills, this simply would not be possible for myself and others like me. The service is always pragmatic, understanding, compassionate and honest. They will be able to guide you through all the steps in order to place your first order. Being patient has a huge role in being able to educate yourself from this service that they provide. I would highly recommend this service to anyone who is passionate, dedicated, honest, and understanding of how they think that medical cannabis might help them and being open-minded to how the staff and all licensed producers as well as Plants Not Pills can help you. As they grow, we can all grow and strive for brighter days.

Jared B, Toronto ON