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    Posted January 1, 2014 by
    Buffalo, New York
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    Does marijuana help you?

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    Cannabis Changed My Life

    I am 23 years old and I was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I did horrible in high school and to make it worse, when I left high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After TWO YEARS at two different colleges with two different majors doing poorly in both, I got my diagnosis for ADHD. That is also when I started smoking marijuana.

    It was for a mixture of reasons. I was depressed because it took so long to get treatment for a problem that's hindered my entire life up to that point. My parents were also going through a separation at the time so being very young and a bit lost I turned to Cannabis.

    At first, I actually didn't like it at all, It made me feel panicky and anxious. But at the suggestion of a friend, I gave it a chance and before I knew it my entire way of thinking and seeing the world changed. Now I see hope everywhere I used to see hopelessness. My grades have improved and i'm on my way to getting a bachelors degree in Business Administration. I own my own recording business, Rade Productions, and we have put out two retail albums to date. A few years ago, i never would have thought I'd have turned things around the way I have. Nowadays I use a vaporizer because it is healthier and makes me less tired. I am a manager at a local restaurant and i'm showing promise as an investor putting together a very successful portfolio of securities and doing a bit of unofficial financial advising for friends and family. I can honestly say if I would not have started using Cannabis I would still be in the same rut, drinking my problems away with low-life friends who knew they were going nowhere and didn't care. I'm building a legacy and an empire in my own way.

    There are many stories out there just like mine, I'm not all that unique from that perspective. But i'm part of a new generation of free thinking individuals who are reintroducing this amazing part of nature to the world. Marijuana is going to DEFINE the 21st century. It is going to change the world as we know it for the better. I guarantee it

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