Published on: 11/7/18
After our community story appeal, Ryan felt moved to share his story with us. He knew first-hand the agony of fighting an accumulation of cyclical mental health problems and wanted to illuminate his story which begins like many others; snowballing out of control due to the misuse of prescription opioid pain medication.
This, unfortunately, is a story not uncommon in the U.S in recent times. With an estimated 72,000 deaths linked to opioid overdoses last year alone, and with the death toll showing no hint of slowing, it is astounding that the current health system continues on its engendered path unhindered.
Ryan introduces himself to us like many others that want to exemplify the journey they’ve made. “I have degenerative disc disease, myopic neuropathy, borderline personality disorder and bipolar.” But really, his story truly starts after a workplace accident that left him in a very dark place.
At just 20 years old, Ryan explains, “I herniated my L4 L5 disc and was put on workman's comp.” His doctor’s first response was to prescribe him pain medication, not an uncommon prescription for someone suffering from incredible pain.
However, Ryan felt that he was “flooded with opiate pain meds and physical therapy and anti-inflammatory meds,” that did nothing to aid the imbalance in his mind. Unable to work, and heavily medicated, Ryan felt himself slowly dip into a depression that was just to be the beginning of his torment.
Like most people that use opioid medication for long periods of time, Ryan felt himself slowly build a reliance to the pharmaceutical medications he was prescribed, which he says left him, “in constant pain and on so much medication...I felt less than human.”
Inevitably, on top of his physical pain, he developed an excruciatingly apparent addiction to the pain medications he’d been prescribed. His doctor, apparently, was to be of no help throughout this part of his healing.
“I was in and out of rehabs and clinics and tried many times to get off the opiates but to no avail.” It wasn’t until after many hours pouring over studies and research articles, Ryan began to understand the potential for healing naturally. Prescription medication had gotten him into this, perhaps natural therapies could get him out.
“I immersed myself in cannabis research and started hearing a lot about CBD”
But, the only way to achieve the change he required to heal was to move somewhere that would allow him the medication to ease his pain while leaving his mind and body calm and balanced; rather than in extreme pain and stress. Ryan took this first step, moving from Pennsylvania to San Diego, where he would have access to medicinal cannabis to medicate legally.
It wasn’t long before he was introduced to strains of the cannabis flower that would work to negate the pain he was in as well as aid in bolstering his mental health; strains high in CBD and low in THC.
“I tried a strain of flower called Harlequin, a CBD strain of cannabis. After medicating with it I felt my back pain subside almost completely, my cravings for pain meds were non-existent and my mental status improved greatly, all of that from just one cannabinoid, the miracle that is CBD.”
This newfound medical freedom though was not to last long. As it happened, Ryan was unable to stay in San Diego and so moved back over to the east coast of the U.S where at the time, medicinal cannabis was still illegal; and out of Ryan’s reach.
“I knew that [moving cities] would lead me down that [pharmaceutical medication] path again which led to… depression and pain.”
In other ways, Ryan was lucky. Moving states was not to be as bad as he had envisioned. He met the love of his life, and shortly after married her and settled down with their wonderful children. Nonetheless, his newfound happiness did not distract from the “treacherous” back pain that he still experienced. He had to start back on his pain medications again. It was terrifying, but there was no longer any other choice.
However, he explains, “Just as I thought things would go down hill, I found a supplier for CBD and they were located in my old city of San Diego too!” Endoca, it would seem, would be a true consolation to the otherwise frightful idea of addictive painkillers.
“I called Endoca and ordered my first bottle of capsules. A great experience. After receiving my order and taking that initial dose, I started feeling that familiar relief I felt in San Diego, and now I had the best of both worlds!”
Like many around the U.S and around the world, Ryan was able to medicate himself with natural and pure, non-addictive CBD, curtailing the need for pharmaceutical medications that often lead to misuse and addiction.
With CBD, Ryan says, “I’m back to being pain-free and upbeat and my life has done a complete turnaround… CBD is my miracle because it gave me my life back and helped me manage 3 major debilitating diseases with just a capsule. No more opiates, no more pain, and no more depression.”
Ryan’s story is not all too uncommon. If you or anyone you know are experiencing mental health issues, please contact your healthcare professional and talk about what options you have. If you’re ever in need, text HOME to 741 741 for the Crisis Text Line across the U.S for any kind of crucial assistance.
For those of you with family, friends or colleagues that may be dealing with mental health, remember to offer help. You never know how the smallest of gestures could help.
At Endoca, we are in a position to hear inspiring accounts of CBD’s impact on people’s health, so please help us share your story of hope and perseverance by contacting our team at email@example.com–plus, just by sending your story, you go into the running to win $1000 worth of Endoca products. We look forward to hearing about your experiences so that we may continue shedding light on all the possibilities of cannabis with the world.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).