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Since college, I’ve been using cannabis to manage anxiety, stress, depressive symptoms, appetite issues, and debilitating menstrual cramps. In recent years, I’ve leaned heavily on the plant to help me deal with PTSD symptoms as well.
Smoking weed helps me fall asleep at night and affords me fewer nightmares. When I’m feeling low, consuming a nice hybrid — a strain containing a mixture of both sativa and indica genetics — can actually motivate me to clean, exercise, cook, and run errands. When I’m struggling to focus on an article, microdosing cannabis can help me meet writing deadlines as well. Marijuana even helps me relax during sex, which makes it easier for me to orgasm. And sometimes, I just enjoy getting high.
I won’t pretend my relationship with cannabis has always been perfect, though. The wrong strain or dosage can actually make my anxiety worse, and marijuana isn’t cheap. Even so, weed has met my mental and emotional health needs better than any other antianxiety medication I’ve tried, and I’ve tried several. So when I ran out of my Alpine Vapor live resin cartridge during a recent trip to Missouri, I switched up my cannabis routine. I’d read so many articles praising CBD as “Nature’s Xanax” that I figured it was worth a shot, especially