Primary Medical Conditions: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
I am a veteran of two wars. I served in Special Forces for the United States Army and suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I use marijuana to help alleviate my stress.
Many settings in the civilian world can mimic conditions soldiers experience in combat and can cause reactions that are learned through training. Often a behavior that keeps you alive in combat will only cause problems for everyone in the civilian world. Marijuana helps to block these reactions or at least to make them come on slower. This allows me to stop myself before doing something I might regret.
I have been using marijuana for a little over one year now. I was prescribed marijuana to help me get off of Klonopin and Zoloft, two terrible drugs used to treat PTSD. Believe me when I tell you, marijuana is the least detrimental of the three substances I have used to treat my PTSD.
I use Cannabis every day. I generally vaporize but do own other apparati intended for smoking. I will vaporize with my Whisper by Iolite to vaporize one bowl in the morning and then will generally have two more in the evening. On weekends I tend to indulge myself more as I find it keeps me from drinking alcohol. I prefer to use a vaporizer, either a Volcano or a Whisper. I do own an assortment of bongs, bubblers and pipes as I am drawn to the artistic expression they exhibit. The pipes are also useful as I have found smoking to be the best way to consume concentrates. I find that Sativa is much more useful for me during the day. It does not sap as much energy as an indica dominant strain would. That being said, I enjoy indica or edibles of either variety in the evening as they calm me and help me to relax. Hybrids can also be very useful but tend to be more debilitating for me than either separate phenotype. I make concentrates for myself like has oil. I generally use them in cooking food though as the oils will break down in butter or cooking oil easily.