Finding medicine makers and connecting them with patients can be a frustrating process from a distance, albeit helped with social networking.
I live in a part of the world where medicine is plentiful. My daily personal prescription of green leaf for juicing has not been hard to fill. Talking with people suffering and struggling to get good medicine keeps me humble and grateful for my bounty.
Until the Federal Government admits they hold the U.S. Patent for cannabinoids, and come clean about cannabis as medicine, the crazy quilt of ordinances strewn across state, county and city lines will continue to be a blurry configuration of road blocks, hindering humans in helping each other.
And that’s the true crime of keeping humans from this plant and the knowledge thereof. Helping each other is what we do best as a species. Even when fighting a foe, if there is a window of human compassion open, we’ll go to that innate place of caring everytime.
Recently I helped a young man with cancer get his “Medical Marijuana” card and connect with medicine makers from hundreds of miles away. That can be challenging, but he lives in a metropolitan area and I thought it would be easy to get him treatment and support.One phone call after the other asking dispensaries in his area if they had “RSO,” “Rick Simpson Oil” or an equivalent of the cure for cancer turned up short. Most bud tenders that answered the phone did not know what the cure was.
Those that came through to help are forever cherished, but the lack of knowledge by bud tenders and dispensary/ collective garden owners tells me that patients presenting with real illness are not being fully informed of alternative therapies to traditional medicine.While I understand fully that smoking is necessary and valuable in treating myriad symptoms and ailments, if a patient has a real illness, or a terminal one, they need to be enlightened about ingesting.
Some say the original “God Plant” is long gone, and Jesus would hardly recognize his tried and true “Holy Anointing Oil.” It’s been hybridized into a recreational vehicle, driven to numb the masses, with being “stupid stoned” a toxic effect from the bastardization.
The plant that’s been said to have evolved our endocannabinoid system has become somewhat of an enabler, getting patients through the invasive and seemingly archaic practice of traditional medicine, with its true healing properties a distant memory clouded by short term memory loss.This is where we are with cannabis in this country today. Without real, respected information on this plant, physicians won’t know about it. They aren’t educated on the medicinal properties of cannabis in med school. For the most part, they hear about its good work from their own patients.
As an advocate for good medicine, it’s heartbreaking running into dead ends on finding medicine in legal states. Thank goodness for social media and those who step up –but, the painful reality is, we on the weed blogs and cannabis magazines are preaching to the choir.How can we break through the smoky ceiling of ignorance surrounding this plant? Where to begin?
For starters, make an appointment with your doctor and tell them about cannabis as medicine. Gather up all the information you can on the Endocannabinoid System. Tell them how you use it, how it helps you. If you are only smoking, let them know you’d like to find out more about ingesting.
Ask them if they wouldn’t mind working with you, alongside traditional therapies through your illness, documenting its effects for posterity.Even if they aren’t copacetic at the time they will have heard the words. They just may do a few Google searches on their own. And with more than half the population alright with lighting up, your good doctor may already be a closet smoker with a real need to ingest.
Thank you for reading… now, go tell it on the mountain.
For more information on the Endocannabinoid System and how cannabis works with our bodies, visit these sites…
Papers from official organizations your doctor will be impressed with:
From Pharmacological Reviews, Sept. 2006 “The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy”
Phoenix Tears Foundation: Rick Simpson Oil, the cure for cancer
Patients Out of Time: organization supporting patients use of cannabis as medicine
Cannabis International/Dr. William Courtney: Resource for the dietary and medicinal study and use of cannabis (Focus: raw and juicing)
Dr. Courtney’s wife Kirsten, a Lupus sufferer, symptom free with raw leaves:
Scientific You Tube clip with doctors: “Proof Marijuana Cures Cancer” (short 2:33)
Educational Documentary: “Cannabis Cures” (long 1:22:25)
Cannabis Science – The Endocannabinoid System (short 7:26)
Cannabis and its Impact on Human Health (47:28)
Dr. Tod Mikuriya: hired by the U.S. Government in 1964 to debunk cannabis as medicine, Dr. Mikuriya resigned unable to do so, then spent the rest of his life advocating for good medicine. A MUST WATCH. Recorded by Paul von Hartmann (49:45)
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Editor’s note: Sharon Letts began her love of gardening in Southern California by her mother’s side, watching as she buried fish heads at the base of roses.
At 24, Sharon hung her shingle, “Secret Garden,” planting flower beds for dainty ladies. Gardening led to producing and writing for television with “Secret Garden Productions.”
Today Sharon continues to write about gardening and all that implies, advocating for the bud, and writing for many magazines, including DOPE (Defending Our Patients Everywhere).