For much of her life, Kara Gregory has frequently erupted in anger seemingly without provocation.
“It just pops up out of nowhere,” Becky Gregory says of her 31-year-old daughter, who has an intellectual disability. The two live in Columbus, Ohio. “She’ll just have a meltdown—kicking, screaming, throwing, anything to try to get her way.”
Kara experienced calm for several years when taking a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), a class of antidepressants that can also help treat anxiety disorders and chronic pain. However, the calming benefits of the SNRI began wearing off, and the angry tirades returned. Although Kara still takes an SNRI, her mother says, CBD has helped Kara feel more calm.
“It’s just transformative when she takes it. It’s like a cloud has gone away,” Becky says.
After CBD, Kara’s visits to a therapeutic behavior specialist have declined and her tantrums have dwindled from every other week to monthly. Perhaps the starkest difference Becky notices revolves around their bond.
“Kara still has her limitations, both mental and physical, but now I can enjoy my time with her,” she says. “I can enjoy going to her art program to see her work and meet her friends there.”