He’s a medical cannabis patient in our state and he shops at one of the local marijuana stores frequently
It’s really hard watching someone you care about struggle with drug addiction. I had an uncle who succumbed to it years before my best friend from high school started to use opiates a year or so after we graduated. It started with alcohol use after his parents let him drink at family gatherings when he was only 16 years old. As he got older, he realized the buzz from alcohol was simply not enough. He started falling into the wrong crowd, and before I knew it he was no longer a steady person in my life. I went off to college and didn’t see him for a few years until I returned home for the holidays during my junior year of undergraduate school. He was homeless and begging for change on the corner where we used to hang out after school. His eyes looked vacant and he didn’t recognize me when I walked up to say high. Before I knew it a cop was walking up with handcuffs and my friend was arrested. They said that he stole a woman’s purse only minutes earlier at a grocery store a few blocks down the road. That was rock bottom for my friend, and thankfully he got the help he desperately needed. He no longer touches hard drugs and alcohol, and instead he finds relief for his mental health issues in cannabis. He’s a medical cannabis patient in our state and he shops at one of the local marijuana stores frequently. He said that high THC cannabis concentrates like hashish, distillate oil, and live rosin helped him kick heroin. He explains that the concentrates give him a replacement high that allowed him to get used to no longer having heroin in his system. Nowadays he rarely even gets cravings if he’s using cannabis consistently.