It’s disturbing having to watch someone struggle with constant, agonizing pain.
- My grandparents both had serious battles with cancer during the last few years of their lives.
For our grandmother, it was leukemia, whereas our grandfather had bone cancer. They both inevitably went through chemotherapy but it only staved off the infections for a few years at most. I fear the same could happen to my mom and dad despite the fact that they already struggle with their own individual health challenges to begin with. My dad has chronic kidney stones and is consistently in debilitating pain. My mom has Crohn’s disease and is also paralyzed physically by abdominal pain especially on most afternoons of the month depending on the time of her previous flare up occured. My mom is limited on options, but dad has been creative. He is a big proponent of using kratom supplements for pain, and medical marijuana. The THC in the cannabis products packs a heavy punch for his kidney pain, especially if he uses super potent cannabis flower products with a high THC content. When I started experiencing frequent troubles with anxiety and insomnia, he told me that I should visit a cannabis dispensary for a taste of the same. I had only ever used marijuana sparingly in college and couldn’t genuinely remember how it affected me. I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing effects that I got from the cannabis plant. It eased my stress and finally helped me get to sleep at night. However, I learned that I needed to stick with indica strains for our medical needs. Sativa strains might be superb for midday depression and fatigue, but not so much with other issues. They are in fact very volatile with anxiety and insomnia as they often make both of those troubles worse.