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Analytical 360 is a testing laboratory based in Seattle,testing bud, medibles, and real medicine in a sterile environment. [All photos and text by Sharon Letts]
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Analytical 360 is a testing laboratory based in Seattle,
testing bud, medibles, and real medicine in a sterile environment.
[Photos and text by Sharon Letts]

Since curing my own breast cancer and writing about it, I’ve been contacted by people around the world suffering from real illness, seeking help with the plant.

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.

Inside Analytical360 in Seattle [Sharon Letts]
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Inside Analytical360 in Seattle
[Sharon Letts]

Canna Help?

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.

What Cure?

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.

Albany's Canna Kitchen in Oregon makes "smokeless medicine" for real illness. [Sharon Letts]
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Albany’s Canna Kitchen in Oregon makes “smokeless medicine” for real illness.
[Sharon Letts]

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.

Comfortably Numb

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.

Cannacaps made by Tacoma, Washington medicine maker Windillynn Chamberlin [Sharon Letts]
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Cannacaps made by Tacoma, Washington medicine maker Windillynn Chamberlin
[Sharon Letts]

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.

Educating Doctors

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.

Salve is an age-old topical medicine, with increased benefits with cannabis added. Shown here are lotions, salves and balms from cottage industry medicine makers in legal states [Sharon Letts]
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Salve is an age-old topical medicine, with increased benefits with cannabis added. Shown here are lotions, salves and balms from cottage industry medicine makers in legal states
[Sharon Letts]

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.

Organa Labs is a high-tech laboratory using organic cold-press infusion techniques to make real medicine [Sharon Letts]
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Organa Labs is a high-tech laboratory using organic cold-press infusion techniques to make real medicine
[Sharon Letts]

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.

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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”
http://pharmrev.aspetjournals.org/content/58/3/389.abstract

United States Patent #6630507 “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”

Bho Priva (10)
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Concentrate master, Bho Johnson of mega med-house River Rock in Denver,created “Priva,” the pill big pharma would make us if they only could
[Sharon Letts]

Americans for Safe Access: Representing patients nationwide

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgEP9FdIzT8

Scientific You Tube clip with doctors: “Proof Marijuana Cures Cancer” (short 2:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cUC8tjoB_0

Educational Documentary: “Cannabis Cures” (long 1:22:25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh2qd_foV-4

Cannabis Science – The Endocannabinoid System (short 7:26)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gOYVJu__14

Cannabis and its Impact on Human Health (47:28)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Md2WNqqxTQ

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)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPfQXHqERkM

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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).

She also pens “Road Trip: In Search of Good Medicine,” touring MMJ states, following the Green Rush.

 

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