Article by Katharine Thomas, High Canada
My kids know I have been in two car accidents and as I get older I am now more health conscious and I don’t want to medicate with opiates. A lot of women in my age category struggle with opiate addiction.
Do I have to manage pain and anxiety as a mother and caregiver? Absolutely, and that’s why I choose cannabis. I am a mother of five children ranging from 10 to 28 years, one of whom is autistic with active OCD and ADD. I have been prescribed several medications for my son, though he has elected to take a more naturopathic way. We are looking at cannabis being an option for him, though being under the age of 25 he would need a specialist’s referral. We are looking specifically at a nonpsychoactive CBD treatment option, not the THC strains.
A major problem is the huge stigma around cannabis in our schools – my children have even been disciplined for being cannabis knowledgeable. I am an educator and believe that we should educate our children as well. So when cannabis is brought up as an illegal substance my children – being cannabis knowledgeable – would raise their hand and often correct the instructor or public health nurse. I have made it a point for my kids to understand cannabis and how it works in the human body.
When my mother heard what I was doing she nearly disowned me, until my father who had been on pain meds for twenty something years and his blood pressure levels were through the roof, got off of the heavy pharmaceutical and on CBD oil – he is healthy and another success story. “