By Ret. Major Abel Hernandez
As a veteran and retired US Army officer, I have my share of permanent bumps and bruises. As a military person, you put your body through a lot, whether its physical training at 5 a.m. or a 20-mile march with an 80-pound rucksack on your back and it catches up on your body in later years.
At 45, just six weeks from 46, I have experienced damage to all sorts of parts of my body because of over 20 years of service and five separate deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. My knee that just won’t heal, an ankle that can be a bit dodgy, a TBI that causes tinnitus and headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ or clinching of the jaw), and, of course, PTSD. The dreaded PTSD is the one that just can’t be fixed with surgery, physical therapy or exercise…or can it?
Thankfully, a lot is changing with more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, and President Trump stating that neither he nor his administration would get in between states and their legalization of marijuana.
Exercising the mind can be done with meditation and I have learned that meditation works better with the moderate use of Cannabis, which can help you clear your mind of stress and, more importantly, the pain that your body is going through. High levels of CBD, that’s the property in Cannabis that does not get you high, will significantly help with pain relief as an amazing alternative to prescription drugs. Of course, this writer feels that Cannabis with high levels of THC is a lot more fun, invoking our right to consume for recreational use.
This is my first attempt at writing about the use of marijuana as a pain relief, stress relief, and just overall relaxation drug. I have been prescribed an ocean of drugs within the last three years to control anxiety, help with pain and deal with depression. Pharmaceutical companies have made millions off military personnel due to our injuries and issues, but most people feel that marijuana is so taboo due to the media, movies, and our government. Thankfully, a lot is changing with more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, and President Trump stating that neither he nor his administration would get in between states and their legalization of marijuana.
I had never tried marijuana, due to staunch military drug testing and, frankly, to the fact that it didn’t interest me. Marijuana was accessible when I was an adolescent, but it wasn’t something that fascinated my friends and me. Now, as an adult, I think that Marijuana is a fantastic alternative to prescription drugs but like anything else in life, moderation is key.