We need full plant therapies

At 32, I feel from limited personal experience that marijuana is an effective antidote to clinical depression as well as menstrual pain. From the experiences of others, I also feel it is an effective antidote to many additional disorders as well as a useful tool in confronting death among terminally ill people with anxiety. Menstrual pain has been something debilitating taking me away from my job and duties as a student in the past. Marijuana is the most effective treatment I’ve encountered and being able to use it regularly would have allowed me to participate as normal when the pain took me away. More importantly, as an antidote to clinical depression, my experience is it allows people to consider their life circumstances from a new angle, revealing potential solutions which hard-wired depressive thinking ignores. It also provides a sense of calm which can actually increase people’s ability to gracefully move through the challenges before them without becoming consumed by them. This is quite contrary to the culturally held notion that marijuana breeds in-action. While I have observed it do this in people who held the intention to escape their lives, my experiences of it helping me and others remove and actively overcome blocks to productivity are the majority. Thus, I do not feel that the substance itself leads to inactivity. Rather, the user’s intention sets this course. Even so, simple inactivity is not a vice worthy of legal condemnation in my opinion, and sometimes isolated periods of inactivity and rest are necessary ingredients to good future health. There is still certainly something to be said about responsible vs. irresponsible use of marijuana. However, this important conversation about safe use cannot be had freely until the subject of legality is no longer a question. I am grateful GA has passed some measures regarding CBD oil. I also understand that it is the whole of the plant working in harmony with itself which produces some of the greatest benefits, so additional laws granting more freedom to use additional forms of the plant are needed. I support reform wholeheartedly in Georgia and believe it can happen here in a way which opens minds and minimizes abuse

About Author

Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.

Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.

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