Written by Tom Sheppard
In the last few years, there’s been a quantum leap in senior citizen’s interest in cannabis. It’s a frequent topic of conversation among this demographic and more and more people are trying it.
The stories, opinions and cautionary tales come from all directions: national media, local news, internet, Parkinson’s conferences, support groups, etc. There are people everywhere you go who are excited to share their success stories and how marijuana has the power to treat a wide variety of ills.
At every support group meeting and conference I attend, the subject comes up. And despite the fact that there’s no shortage of information out there about the use of marijuana to treat what ails you, the questions people ask reflect a significant lack of knowledge about the topic. I know that was (is) certainly the case for me.
For a long time, I wondered if marijuana might cure my insomnia, something I’ve been living with for several years. I tried medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, OTC products and anything else I heard about, but I had little to no success with any of them.
When I ran out of traditional methods of treatment to try, I began reading the studies and stories about how marijuana can help restore healthy sleeping patterns. I was hooked; however, having the idea to try it and actually going out and doing something about it are very different things. I felt ill-equipped, naïve and frankly, intimidated about going into a store. To mitigate my nervousness, I hunkered down in the research so my first visit to the dispensary wouldn’t be such an unknown.
For example, I wanted to know:
- What makes marijuana marijuana?
- What (or who) is a budtender?
- What’s the difference between pot and edibles and pens and CBD oil?
- What’s THC?
- What’s the ingredient that might help me sleep better, deeper and longer?
- Why does it seem to work so well for some and do very little for others?
I started by reviewing this very comprehensive glossary of terms, and then I watched this video and this video. After all of that, I felt just knowledgeable enough to ask smart questions once it was my turn at the counter.
When I walked through the doors of my local dispensary for the first time, someone asked me, “Is this your first time?” Wow, I must have looked greener than I thought. And my guess is, if I looked like that much of a rookie, there must be plenty of others who do, too.
Here’s what I learned:
- The employees at dispensaries are quite knowledgeable (and young). I felt like I was in the first grade being taught by a Ph.D. At the same time, I was happy they knew what they were talking about.
- The budtenders took their time with me, answered my questions and tried to make sure I got the best product to fit my needs.
- Marijuana products aren’t cheap. But, if it fixes a problem, it’s worth it.
I came home with a product that sounded like the right one to help me sleep.
In my next post, I’ll let you know what happened.
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