Photo of Harlequin courtesy of Bud Genius
I am 27-years-old and have Asperger’s Syndrome, a less severe form of Autism. I use high-CBD cannabis in my daily routine because it helps to alleviate the stress and anxiety brought on by Asperger’s, and I feel this medicine is responsible for a profound sense of well being, not just short term, but long term as well.
Three days into my high CBD regimen, I began to realize I was a lot happier than usual. I am less agitated, slower to anger and quicker to laugh. I find this to be priceless.
I am extremely fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where CBD-rich medicine is abundant in dispensaries. Limited, but gaining notice. If it weren’t for Harborside Health Center, I probably wouldn’t know about CBD, therefore, I probably wouldn’t be using medical cannabis because I often feel it is too potent for me.
While high levels of THC aren’t for me, it goes hand in hand to say that high-CBD isn’t for everyone. It depends on diagnosis and/or personal preference. The strain that has worked best for me is a sativa called Harlequin which is testing at 13 percent CBD, 4 percent THC.
I consume about a gram a day on average. An eighth of an ounce of flower can last me anywhere from two days up to a week. In a social setting, I occasionally smoke a joint, but mostly a pipe. On rare occasions, I’ll use a bong.
The first time I used Harlequin, I was met with a smooth, reassuring smoke. The taste was earthy and satisfying. The sun was shining through the window just right, and I was listening to music. This whole CBD concept was new to me. The indica effects were there, but not overpowering.
My search for the perfect Aspergar’s medicine is finally over. I no longer had to get blitzed to reap the benefits that this wonderful plant intended us to have. I can keep my wits about me, feel good, and stay good instead of an off kilter combination of the three. It was a very spiritual moment for me, and something I will never forget.
By Doug Streichan