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A Sober Person’s Guide to Medical Marijuana

A Sober Person’s Guide to Medical Marijuana

Katie MacBride |

It’s a strange thing to obtain a medical marijuana card after nearly a decade of sobriety. My decision to quit drinking was less of a healthy life choice, and more the only way to stay alive. Though alcohol was my substance of choice, I learned in treatment and still largely believe that “mood altering” substances of any kind are very dangerous for folks who have struggled with addiction. So how, nine years after getting sober, did I find myself waiting outside a cannabis dispensary in California, with a prescription from a “weed doctor” clutched tightly in my sweaty hand?

A few things happened: First, a fellow recovering alcoholic told me about something called CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. CBD, a component of cannabis, offers many of the medical properties of marijuana, without the psychoactive effects. Figuring it was (literally) the pipe dream of a sober alcoholic, I didn’t think much of it. But then I read an article about Charlotte’s Web—a high-CBD strain of cannabis that was both non-psychoactive and very successful in treating a young girl’s seizure disorder. Further research indicated that my friend had indeed been telling the truth, and CBD was a real thing with real medical benefits.

A Sober Person’s Guide to Medical Marijuana






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