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E60: Nikki Lawley - Traumatic brain injury stole my joy, but cannabis returned it

Good Dudes Grow

Release Date: 02/09/2022

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Nikki, a NY state resident, has always been a proud and diligent worker. She’s served as an HVAC filtration salesperson, later starting her own company, then as a casino dealer, and most recently, as a pediatric nurse. She had suffered two traumatic brain injuries during her younger years, but it was the third TBI that suddenly changed everything. In a heartbeat, her life changed from one of optimism, vibrancy, enthusiasm, confidence, and extroversion, to one of constant pain, withdrawal, depression, and hopelessness.

While trying to help administer a routine vaccine to a young boy, Nikki was thrown against the wall, suffering a significant TBI and cervical instability in the process. 

Nikki’s TBI has caused cognitive deficiencies, confusion, memory loss, anxiety, and pain. She found herself unable to work, unable to interact with others, and in a very dark place. None of the numerous traditional medications she’s tried helped, and if fact, their ghastly side effects left her even worse off.

She had long since reached the end of her rope, when, on a whim, figuring she had nothing more to lose, she turned to cannabis. 

Little did she know that this seemingly mundane weed would save her life and restore her hope. Cannabis helps Nikki alleviate her pain, reducing it from unbearable levels to more manageable ones, and empowering to her to live her life again.

Nikki has struggled to find the type of cannabis that works best for her and to have legal access to her medicine. In fact, she regularly travels from Buffalo, NY to Ontario, Canada for legal access to cannabis to medicate herself. Nikki’s experiences with cannabis have filled her with a passion to learn more about the science behind the plant to advocate for patients everywhere, and to expose others to the wonders of cannabis. She has shared her story and journey with many, she is a member of multiple online support groups for individuals that have suffered head injuries, she serves as an active voice in the cannabis communities, and she hopes to use her story to inspire others to never give up. 

You can find more information about her journey at https://linktr.ee/Nikkilawley

On this episode of Good Dudes Grow, see how one health care professional changed her opinion of cannabis from a “bad” recreational activity to a lifesaving drug free of side effects and negative reactions. Nikki found medical marijuana in Nevada, and ever since, she’s been advocating for a better TBI patient experience through medicinal cannabis. Now, she’s her own advocate and an advocate for others to stand up for their health, find their right strand, and reclaim their personalities and lives.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How Nikki gets quality cannabis from Canadian producers 
  • What advocacy work Nikki is doing, and how sharing her story is helping others find their way
  • Why Nikki’s life changed so drastically after her third TBI
  • And so much more!

You can find more information about her journey at https://linktr.ee/Nikkilawley

Favorite Quote: 

“When I’m medicated, I don’t get ‘high.’ I get well.”

  • Nikki Lawley

 

How to Get Involved: 

Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based around creating and selling high-quality CBD products that work to heal mind and body alike. Gary considers hemp-based medicine a calling, and his organization, along with the world-class team that runs it, reflects his passion.

You can learn more about Pure Body Zen on their site, on LinkedIn and on Instagram.

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