Last weekend I had a crisis with my 15 year old son. He had an anxiety attack during school hours. The attack was intense enough to make my son consider suicide.
A few months ago I decided to put my teenage son in therapy. There were no real alarms or red flags. I was just being a mom that wanted my son to have good physical and mental health. As a victor over child abuse I understand the importance of being able to communicate your thoughts and feeling with someone that just gets it. I felt very alone as a teenager and I never wanted my son to feel as I did.
Many years ago I noticed my son was having a difficult time focusing in school. I started doing research on CBD and ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). I never wanted to medicate my son however all the methods we had been using weren’t having good results. All the information I read said that it could help. I knew I was having great results from using CBD oil regularly. I hopymy soon would as well.
The results were amazing and he’s been using it for years. Unfortunately it’s difficult to ensure a teenager takes his medicine EVERY DAY!
Friday, during school one of the teachers noticed ny son didn’t look himself. He questioned his physical health and my son answered he was fine. Later that day he approached a teacher he trusts and shared how he was feeling. That teacher called his uncle that works at the school he attends. By the time my brother in love got to my son my son was in full panic mode. His heart was beating fast and he was calmly suggesting he should kill himself. His panic was so real you could feel it through his chest.
My brother in love talked to my son until he felt his heart slow down. Asked had he taken his supplement, my son had not. The uncle gave him his CBD supplement and they went home. By the time it was bed time he was calm and relaxed.
Turns out my son hadn’t taken his supplements in months.
The following morning he took another dose of CBD and had a phone conversation with his therapist. Although we all agreed he was feeling better my son insisted he wanted to be checked into a center.
Saturday afternoon, 2pm I checked my son into a mental health center for youth. Yes, this black mom had to admit her black man child into a mental health Center for youth.
5 years ago I wouldn’t have EVER been able to deal with my son’s mental health with the same urgency as I do with his physical health. Before Cannabis I was under the impression only black people with real issues go to therapy and or people that can afford it. The post Cannabis me has served thousands of Black adults with non diagnosed mental health issues like anger, depression, high stress levels, anxiety, and bipolar. Many of them had been self medicating with weed since the age my son is now.
Today my son is feeling well. He’s back in school and he’s taking his CBD daily.