Continuing our Patient Voices series, today we're hearing from Cody Lindsay. A chef by trade, Cody completed 7 years and two tours with the Canadian Military and is covered by Veterans Affairs Canada for medical cannabis. He recently started a website to help other Veterans, thewellnesssoldier.com, where he writes about healthy eating, fitness, meditation, Veteran Affairs programs and medical marijuana.
We’re always interested in hearing from Canadians who have found medical marijuana useful, and are trying to navigate Canada’s often confusing system. As more begin to openly discuss medical marijuana, hopefully the more of an opportunity to bring the issue into the mainstream. This is one piece of a larger conversation we hope to help move forward here at Lift. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact us.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, FIRST. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Cody Lindsay and I live in Ottawa, Ontario and I am 32 years old. I am a Red Seal Chef but due to injuries from the Canadian Forces I am on the rehabilitation program with Veterans Affairs Canada. I will be going back to school for Materials and Operations Management, as I want to get into the medical marijuana business.
I am also the creator of the website thewellnesssoldier.com where I am helping Canadian Veterans live healthier lives, with information on healthy eating and drinking, fitness/exercise, medical marijuana, meditation, and what Veteran Programs are available to Veterans.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
I have been using medical marijuana (legally) for a year and a half. Although I have used marijuana in high school briefly it wasn’t until I came back from my first tour overseas with the Canadian Forces that I used marijuana a source of medical relief. Eventually I was caught by the military with marijuana in my system and was kicked out, that was hard for me as I loved being in the military.
WHAT DO YOU USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR?
I use marijuana to treat my anxiety that I got from tours outside the country with the Canadian Forces. When I was sent to Afghanistan I was sent on two weeks’ notice, without the proper kit or proper training to be in Afghanistan. The anxiety and the feeling of constantly being unprepared has led me to use marijuana to help slow down my thoughts and that allows me to think clearly and rationally.
HOW DO YOU NORMALLY USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA? SMOKING, VAPORIZING, EATING VIA PROCESSED OILS, ETC.
I recently just switched to vaporizing full time, I have a portable that I use all the time and I am looking into getting a stationary vape so it can hold more and I don’t have to change it out all the time. I was a doobie guy forever and never thought I would venture into the vape world until a friend had one that I tried, and the flavor was amazing!! After that I got one and I have never looked back. I find the high to be light and airy and it actually suppresses my need to munch out which has help me lose 20 pounds and focus on life and becoming healthier.
I am getting into edibles now too, as I am a chef and making great food with great marijuana is a beautiful thing. I enjoy how the CBD rich strains work so well in edibles and how the CBD helps with a long lasting whole body high, not just a head high.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER CANNABIS WAS A USEFUL MEDICINE FOR MANAGING YOUR CONDITION?
I discovered cannabis was a useful medicine when I came back from my first tour with the Canadian Forces. A close friend had suggested it one day and I had some. I knew then that marijuana was the right choice. It instantly gave me the calming relief that I needed in order to focus myself and my brain.
WHAT EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS? HOW HAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BEEN DIFFERENT? OR HAS IT?
I was ridiculed for not accepting other treatments for my anxiety, from my doctors, as I would not accept pharmaceuticals for my disorder. I have always tried to maintain a holistic based approach to my recovery. I wanted it that way to feel in tune with my feelings and thoughts so I can work on the areas that need it. If my brain was filled with mood altering chemicals and pills I would not have the ability to be in touch with myself.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC STRAINS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THAT YOU ARE SEEKING OUT, OR ARE YOU STILL TRYING TO FIND ONE OR SEVERAL THAT WORK? HOW IS THIS PROCESS GOING?
I find that the best strains for me are in the range of 14-25% THC. I like Tilray’s Sativa’s for daytime use and the CBD strains for cooking with. I am very happy with the White Widow, Green Cush/any Kush they have produced, Blueberry, Fruit Spirit, and Sour Diesel. I am thankful that Tilray has the largest selection of products, the choice they offer their patients is top notch.
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR CURRENT LP?
I am with Tilray and I am extremely happy with them. They have the largest strain selection available among any of the producers, with 18+ strains available in Sativa’s, Indica’s, Hybrids and House Blends. Some of which are 27% THC and higher.
Their shipping is one day fast from BC to Ontario. I was with another producer and it was 4 days from Toronto to Ottawa. Order from Tilray by 3pm EST and my medicine will arrive at my door the next day at 11am EST
They have a dedicated Veterans department that helps Canadian Veterans obtain medical marijuana with them and that has helped me as the process to forward everything to Veterans Affairs Canada is tedious and long. The Veterans department has helped me on multiple occasions with strain selection and information.
The customer service is great, I can call Tilray any time of day (24/7) or I can send an email with any question I have, and a representative will get back to me within 24 hours. Their 30 day rollover system was a little tough to get used too but once you do it’s pretty easy.
WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MADE TO THE MMPR TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER FOR PATIENTS LIKE YOURSELF?
LP dispensaries. Home Growing (although I suck at growing things, I have tried a vegetable garden many times with failed attempts lol).
Featured image via thewellnesssoldier.com