Hi, I'm Andrea Meharg, Cannabis Wellness Coach and Educator. My life radically changed in just one year because of cannabis. Here's my story.
I started smoking pot when I was a teenager because it was fun and I didn't have to worry about the hangovers. In my early 20s, I got away from it and didn't touch it again until recently.
In the meantime, I got a job I mostly loved, I married my wonderful husband, and we had two beautiful boys. It was supposed to be the most rewarding time in my life. But it was awful. I became stressed, anxious and depressed. I gained a bunch of weight, (then lost it, then gained it again). My to-do list was always a mile long and yet somehow, taking care of me never floated to the top. My husband and I were like ships passing in the night and I was never fully present when I was with my kids. I was on antidepressants, but so were many of my friends. I just thought it was all just part of the stressful life of being a 38-year-old working mom.
Then, in the fall of 2016, I broke down. I suddenly couldn't juggle all the balls I had up in the air and I landed briefly in the hospital with what I was sure was a heart attack. I was, after all nearly 100 pounds overweight and didn’t take care of myself anymore. As it turns out, I was experiencing an anxiety attack. I was told to go off work immediately and to "manage" my depression and anxiety, whatever that meant.
The first few months of stress leave were the worst. I slept a lot and wouldn't see anyone. I was basically just existing. However, I was determined to get better. I went to therapy and to a social worker, I took mindfulness classes, meditated, read self-help books and took my medicine. I started to slowly climb out of the pit.
For Christmas that year, we got a Zip-Lock bag of cannabis from a friend who was sick of seeing me struggle to get back to my old self. A long-time pot-smoker, she knew the power of the plant and thought it would help. She was right.
Immediately, cannabis allowed me to let go of my anxious thoughts, relieve my depression and focus in on what was important in my life. I got down on the floor and played with my boys and reconnected on a deep level with my husband. Over the course of several months, with the mind-opening help of cannabis, I began examining how I was living. It turns out that I wasn't content to live that way anymore and needed some big changes!
It excites the hell out of me to look at just some of the ways my life has transformed because of the transformational power of cannabis:
My depression and anxiety are no longer taking over my life.
We moved from a "perfect-on-paper" house in the city to a crazy old house in the country. I couldn't be happier.
I realized I couldn't be a happy mom and keep working in a stressful, overwhelming job, so I left it. Now I jump out of bed each morning excited to spread the word about the transformational power of cannabis.
I decided that letting my weight take up so much of my mental space was no longer okay. I’d been obsessing over my size for 30 years, and it was time to free up that space for some new thoughts. I had weight loss surgery in the winter of 2018 and the chatter in my head has quieted to a whisper.
Even though these changes have been amazing, it’s my relationships that have really transformed since starting cannabis. I have deep relationships with my boys and look forward to spending time with them every day. I am closer to and more in love with my husband of 10 years than I knew was possible. But most importantly, I love myself again. I’m taking care of my body, nourishing my soul and tuning in to how I want to live my life. And that changes everything.
That's my story. Less than a year after receiving a bag of weed as a gift, my life is almost unrecognizable. And now it’s my mission to teach the world how cannabis can help them live a happier, healthier life.