I’m here, I’m happy, and I’m alive

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Hello, my name is Anna. I’m 17 and would love to share my story. I hope they legalize cannabis very soon to help others. Cannabis helps a lot of medical problems, and some not so medical problems. I started smoking cannabis when I was 13. I was diagnosed with chronic depression. I had severe anxiety, night terrors, and a self harming addiction. After I smoked cannabis I had the best sleep I had, had in years. No nightmares, no waking up screaming and/or crying. My anxiety completely went away; except anxiety about getting caught smoking cannabis. I have never felt as okay and happy then when I smoked. And people say “Oh, but you won’t be okay when you’re sober.” That’s not true. I may have been sad but with smoking cannabis my depression went away. I can say that it changed my life completely. I now am a recovered self harmer. And I never thought I would make it to see my 17th birthday. But I’m here, I’m happy, and I’m alive.