Living in New York state means dealing with cold weather for the majority of the year.
We regularly deal with temperatures below freezing and even in the negative digits.
We set records for the amount of snowfall. A couple of years ago, I slipped on the ice, fell and got hurt quite badly. I tore muscles, broke bones, punctured a lung and got a concussion. After a stay in the hospital, I went through physical therapy. For a while, I relied heavily on prescription pain medication. I didn’t like how they made me feel and was concerned about long-term consequences. However, when I quit taking the medication, I dealt with a great deal of stiffness and pain. It was really difficult for me to bundle up in my heavy clothes and walk the dog through the snow. Shoveling the snow out of the driveway, brushing it off my car and scraping ice off the windshield was excruciating. It was impossible to live a normal life. I wasn’t sleeping well and started suffering from depression. A friend of mine recommended applying for a medical marijuana card. I was surprised how easy it was to get qualified. With the MMJ card, I now have access to cannabis dispensaries in New York. This opened up access to a wide variety of cannabis-infused products. I’ve had amazing success with a combination of cannabis gummies, tinctures and topicals. I apply cannabis-infused ointments directly to my sore muscles. I use CBD-dominant tinctures to treat the inflammation and pain. They provide quick onset of effects. The edibles are great at night. I buy indica gummies with a higher THC potency and benefit from long-lasting and more intensive effects. They help me sleep and feel good in the morning.