Saskatchewan woman says use of cannabis to help her addiction not accepted
By Stephanie Taylor The Canadian Press
Posted November 19, 2020 3:05 pm
Updated November 19, 2020 3:23 pm
Shelby Curtis poses at her home in Regina on Thursday Nov. 12, 2020. Curtis says she uses marijuana to help her cope with anxiety and depression. Michael Bell / The Canadian Press
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For Shelby Curtis, keeping away from hard drugs starts with quieting her thoughts.
The 26-year-old got a prescription to use cannabis medicinally earlier this year while in recovery and living in Regina’s Raising Hope housing program for new mothers facing issues such as substance abuse.
She uses THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to manage depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“I can instantly … relax and talk to myself and tell myself that everything’s going to be OK, like, whatever it may be,” Curtis says. “When I use THC, like I don’t have like any interest in using hard drugs.”
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Curtis was surprised when, earlier in the fall, she inquired about returning to Raising Hope and, she says, was told she would no longer be allowed to use THC.
Curtis says she was willing to use gel tablets rather than smoking a joint, but says she was told no, because it would get her high.
Experts say it’s common for people who struggle with substance use issues to see cannabis as a more preferable option to other drugs or alcohol.