I have had mixed results with pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for mental health troubles.
I had chronic depression in school and took an antidepressant medication at the time that wasn’t as effective as I was hoping it would be.
However, when I was given anxiety meds when I was taking care of a newborn for the first time ever, they were really helpful. I credit my sanity during that period to the medication that my family doctor prescribed for me. And since my work life got easier as time went on, I quit taking the medication once I stopped needing it. However, this only lasted for so long. Eventually my spouse and I had more children, my job got harder, and the stress and anxiety returned. This time the anxiety medicine only worked to make me feel tired and did little to curb my serious mental health troubles. On a whim I gave cannabis a try when a close neighbor urged me to take a single puff off a joint they were smoking while I was going to visit their house. It instantly calmed me down and relaxed my mind in a way that no other drug had managed to up to that point in time. I was honestly awestruck with how much of a positive effect the cannabis was having on my mental state so I decided to visit the dispensary to get some for myself. Thankfully the kind budtender at the dispensary directed me to more various different cannabis indica strains that are great for anxiety and stress. Now I use my cannabis vaporizer whenever I’m feeling paralyzed by my mental health troubles. It’s helping me function in an otherwise busy and hectic work schedule and home life. I think that my wife has noticed the positive changes and is happy that I’m finally getting relief through using cannabis.