I preach about choosing Plants OVER pills, since I have seen so much personal devastation and death from too many Big Pharma pills. I need to follow this path and walk the talk myself, which brings me to this story.
I started taking Prozac when I went into perimenopause about 10 years ago. Prior to that, I dealt with my family curse of anxiety & depression through my use of Cannabis, as best as possible for 44 years. But to add the terror of menopause to this mix was too much and so I tried the chemical way. Sadly, back then I wasn’t familiar with CBD, this could have made a difference.
Looking back over the last 10 years, it was probably a godsend that I stayed on this drug since I lost my mother, brother & sister along with 2 houses in short sales, declared BK and moved. But after the recent death of my sister caused mainly by SSRI’s & Benzodiazepines, I decided to start the process of coming off of this drug and detoxing.
2 months ago, I halved my dose from 20-10mg then stopped completely 2 weeks ago. I started to feel the bad side effects immediately with bouts of crying, agitation and feelings of helplessness. There are days I just want to scream and throw electronics out windows. Technology and detox are not good bedfellows! Jeff has been an absolute angel in all of this.
I have good days where I feel better than I have in a long time but then the next day can bring terrible anxiety and the risks of staying on these scares me. I read this recently in Marijuana Break, “We haven’t even covered the other side effects of antidepressants, which include the death of neurons, increase in the risk of breast cancer, and a marked increase in cognitive decline. Also, a variety of studies have shown that when older women use antidepressants for a long time, there is a 70% increase in the risk of ‘mild’ cognitive impairment and an overall increase in the risk of dementia.”
I have always wanted to choose plants over pills and so I turned to the medicine that has been a consistent partner in my physical and mental health, Cannabis. Additionally, now that I don’t have those feelings of being a bad person because of loving this plant, I can be proud and make this choice.
This plant affects everyone so differently, especially the THC aspect, although for me it helped me to escape the mental illness demons inside of me. I knew at 16 after my first puff that it helped and was my friend through horrible endometriosis and major athletic stress on my body.
Now that I know so much more about Cannabis as a medicine and especially about CBD, I am so ready to embrace it as my medicine choice for all that is possible. Since it is so effective both physically and mentally, I know I can conquer this detoxing process by turning to my plant.
I will update this process in a month or so. From what I have researched it could take up to 3 months to get this drug completely out of my system. So please wish me luck (and Jeff too!)
BY: Karen Watts Nauman