Hey guys, my name is Kaitlyn (I sometimes go by my Instagram alias, Luna Libra) and I am currently a medical cannabis patient in the great state of Oklahoma. I write for Recover Botanicals and Boom Headshop, and currently work at a dispensary. It took a lot for me to get here, and that’s why I am so fortunate to be able to tell my story on a platform that I 100% believe in and am inspired by. 

    I began using cannabis at a pretty early age, around 17 years old. I originally did it because my friends did it, but soon realized that I wasn’t experiencing as much depression as I usually felt and my anxiety was alleviated exponentially. I didn’t find that my cannabis use negatively impacted my schoolwork or my job performance, so I immediately became intrigued by the medical benefits I experienced from cannabis.

    My weed smoking wasn’t exactly what my parents had in mind for me. Even though they had witnessed medication after medication fail miserably, they couldn’t get past the legality aspect of it. I grew up in Texas, and it wasn’t exactly widely accepted that cannabis could be used medically. Talking to my parents was like talking to a brick wall; the only response I would get was, ‘It’s illegal’. 

    My freshman year of college, I was arrested for having weed and paraphernalia in my car. I had just started school, just quit taking medication, and was feeling the best I had felt in years, and it was suddenly all stripped away from me. I quickly realized the unjust nature of the judicial system that punishes non-violent drug offenders for something as harmless as cannabis. I was fortunate enough to have parents who could afford to bail me out, pay for my probation and drug testing fees, but quickly realized this wasn’t the case for millions of Americans stuck in the system; especially those from low-income areas or the over-targeting of BIPOC. This was the beginning of my cannabis activism. I began going to legislative meetings and the local NORML chapter to stay informed about cannabis laws. 

    My second year of college, I began working at a local head shop to immerse myself more in the culture. My coworkers were amazing, I met a lot of really great people and kept a lot of regulars, and felt like I was doing as much as I could with the tools I was given. My shop sold CBD, so I began researching the mechanisms of action of cannabis and how the receptors in the endocannabinoid system work. I began using a lot of CBD products as well when I was experiencing more anxiety than normal, and began advocating for legal hemp products for a variety of ailments. It wasn’t much, but it was the closest thing to cannabis medicine I could get in an illegal state. 

    I knew social media was a great networking platform, but I never would have guessed that I would find a great business opportunity through Reddit! David posted an ad on r/weedbiz looking for someone to write captions for social media, and I instantly DM’d him a probably too extensive response (English major problems). We connected in the early months of 2020, and I’ve been writing for him since! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to expand my writing skills and be a part of something that is so much larger than myself. 

    In March of 2020, I lost my head shop job due to the pandemic. My partner and I were both out of work, so we decided to do something crazy and move a state upward as medical cannabis refugees. We saved and saved our unemployment so we could be comfortable until we found jobs, and then we made the plunge in July. I am now a OMMA patient and work at a dispensary in my new town. Making the best out of the circumstances that arose from the pandemic was the best thing I could have done. My partner and I could have stayed in a place where we were miserable and not used the opportunity to finally become a part of the cannabis industry, but we didn’t. We wanted to do better for ourselves, so we decided to do something scary and are now happier than we’ve ever been! 

    My medication options have expanded tremendously. Being able to see testing reports on the cannabis that I purchase has made me feel extremely comfortable and I’m able to tailor my medication to my needs. I prefer indicas or strains that are high in caryophyllene, myrcene, and linalool. This helps keep my anxiety at bay, and really makes me relaxed. Since sativas generally make my paranoia/anxiety worse, I tend to stick to products that are mainly CBD throughout the day, and THC-heavy indicas at night. A high-dose CBD tincture or tea can make me feel comfortable until I’m at home and can medicate safely. For my aches and pains, I love using bath salts that are a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio; they’re my favorite things to splurge on! I medicate with everything except edibles: for some reason I haven’t found the right ones for me yet.

    Sometimes I feel bad for the patients I have left behind in Texas. I am one less vote for cannabis in that state (go vote!!!) but I am doing what is best for me now. Because I am medicating legally, my family have come to accept my cannabis use, and that means a lot to me. I understand how difficult it is to get people to understand “alternative” views and it can be extremely frustrating to portray your perspective. Keep fighting the good fight: life is too short to not stand up for what you believe in! 

    I’m extremely grateful for all of the things cannabis has provided for me. I have met the most amazing people, I feel the most support I’ve ever felt in my life, and I have relief from debilitating mental illness that I’ve looked for for so long. Something that is extremely important to me is doing the things that make me happy and not focusing on material things. I’m able to write for three amazing companies, interact with people in the cannabis community, and help patients get the medication they need. I’m so glad I get to share my cannabis journey with you, and I can’t wait to hear your stories as well! Namaste!

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