I had to stop taking cannabis 13 months ago, not that it had any side effects, but because my employment restricts the use of cannabis-based products in the work place, and in our spare time. I work full time for a global pharmaceutical company and we have regular drug tests. For me, cannabis helped in many different areas of my life. I started consuming cannabis from about the age of 15 - I’m 30 now, and it's never affected my work/life balance. I've always been in employment, but after leaving the armed forces in 2011, I found myself in pain, and regularly have been unable to motivate myself. I started consuming cannabis because I was depressed and having constant anxiety attacks being outside and around large groups of people. To this day, I still have anxiety attacks and migraines. When I was self-medicating, I was at ease of my surroundings and myself. All the weight had lifted off my shoulders and everything around me was so peaceful. My depression had completely disappeared and I felt a whole new person. I carried on consuming cannabis up until 2018, when I moved jobs and part of the contract stipulated that we had to be drug-free, so I put my bills and my family before my health. Over the last 13 months my anxiety has begun creeping back in and I can't even sit still at the traffic lights. My headaches and migraines are coming back with a vengeance. For a period of time, I was free from pain and looked forward to life without a care in the world. For me, I am blessed when I have a day where my headaches have gone, but the majority of the time I worry when my next one will be.