Living the Dream

Common illnesses and the cannabis compounds that treat them

How it all started

Shortly after we got married, my husband Kyle and I picked up our life in Missouri, and moved to Colorado. We are a part of the “green rush” due to marijuana legalization, meaning everyone 21 and up can purchase in a dispensary here. This was reason alone to move here one year after pot became legalized, and it’s hard to imagine life without it now.

You see, we weren’t always “living the dream”. Three years ago this Fall, some major health flareups came into the picture while we were living in Missouri, and lack of access to our plant medicine was a huge hinderance on our health. It felt like life-or-death. A miracle was needed to save our lives.

We both agreed to drop everything and change our situation.

We threw the cart before the horse with this decision. We understood the risks of doing so, but did it anyway for the pursuit of health & happiness.

“I’d rather have roses on the table than diamonds on my neck.” -Emma Goldman

Despite expected setbacks we faced the first few years of being here, well, as you can see, we’re still here! Living. Breathing. Fighting. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for other people who have come and gone before us. Honoring those who have passed has become a part of my life’s work. I feel immense sadness when I reflect on amazing people whose lives were robbed of them, and I can’t help but think, if this country took a different stance on “drugs”, especially plant medicines, people’s lives could have been saved.

I feel incredibly grateful for this life. I hate that people die due to lack of access to high quality medicine. I know that the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve personally put into living a high quality of life in Colorado has paid off. So much so that my love put his terrible disease into close to complete remission due to the amount of good quality cannabis he consumes.

He has a medical card through the state that allows him to purchase pot at medical shops, which gives him a tax break, access to higher doses, and most importantly, provides him with tasty cannabis flower that he smokes. I also make a cannabis coconut oil, that he consumes orally morning and night, and also uses as a topical on his stomach to keep inflammation at bay.


I also have learned that the cannabinoid CBN can be very helpful for his chronic illness, which is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound found in indica plants and old weed, that makes you sleepy and treats pain. So I will be incorporating this part of the plant into his medicine from now on.

I write these articles to empower people with first-hand knowledge about cannabis, and break some of the notions about why we consume and how it affects us. It’s amazing to me that marijuana still gets such a bad wrap, even though the tides are turning. My favorite thing lately has been connecting with other cannabis users who are also big into fitness. These aspects further break stigmas that pot users are lazy, dumb, and undisciplined. While those stereotypes still exist in some, there are hundreds times as many who are using responsibly and living their best possible lives because of it.

It changed me

Marijuana has made me a better individual. It opened up my mind to be creative as an adult, and have fun living my life, no matter what. My life is committed to continual work on myself and this plant medicine, and seeing where it takes me. For now, I am enjoying the process of using weed as a tool for my own personal development. I hope to continue to advocate on behalf of this powerful plant and possibly help save lives by reaching out about these issues. I want people to self-advocate for and educate themselves, and evaluate their options when it comes to their health and medical treatment. Many people have a variety of ailments that can be treated with cannabis, and not all cannabis products will get you high.

I think that’s all for now folks. Thanks for tuning in.