In 2006 I was involved in a devastating knee injury that ended my high school football career, doctors told me that it was a meniscus tear (which is a minor ligament in the knee cap) but it turned out to be multiple fractures, stress fractures, contusions and bone damage as well as multiple partially torn ligaments. I played the rest of the season on it a mere four weeks later instead of the time it would have taken to heal completely (9 – 10 months). My knee never fully recovered and doctors told me I would struggle with pain management all my life and prescribed everything from Hydrocodone to Oxycontin to Morphine. Everyday I was on one of these medications or another in order to alleviate the pain and my life, including work and school, suffered.
Many people have this negative stigma towards cannabis; while using cannabis I’ve worked full-time jobs, graduated with multiple degrees, pursued sports and built a successful career.
I switched to cannabis (under the radar and without anyone’s knowledge) in small doses in the morning and evening. My knee cap improved and I later completed the track season (two months later) setting high school records and competing in state competition. My school work improved and I went from a struggling C average midway through the year to predominantly A’s. I ended up graduating high school with a 4.1. I continued my cannabis microdosing into college and finished with a 3.5 while working a full time job and excelling my career. I didn’t realize it at the time (because I started to smoke recreationally) but all the while this had been medication for me to alleviate pain, sleep better, remove chronic migraines, and improve creativity with my guitar and musical performance and songwriting.
Many people have this negative stigma towards cannabis; while using cannabis I’ve worked full-time jobs, graduated with multiple degrees, pursued sports and built a career. Despite my knee injury I even practiced martial arts for five years competitively. It’s time we took a second look at cannabis.