Medical Marijuana Part 4

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This post is mainly directed to those of you living in California. I already posted  information about cannabis and its use for cancer treatments — now you need to know how to get it. If you live out of state you may have restrictions that don’t apply here. Google information that pertains to your state or click on one of the national resource links listed below and you will find out everything you need to know.

What’s the first step?

First of all, you need a written recommendation. I would first ask my doctor to write me one. If for some reason, he/she won’t — don’t panic, there are licensed doctors who will. You will have to pay out-of-pocket though. The cost for a written recommendation from a licensed doctor is around $65.

How do I find a licensed doctor?

Google Weed Maps. All the licensed doctors and dispensaries will pop up, along with a map. Since I live in Anaheim, all the locations in my surrounding area came up. I was surprised as to how many there are. They are usually “hidden in plain sight” in strip malls because cities who allow dispensaries don’t want them advertised to the public. I already Googled it for those of you who live in Orange County.

If you live somewhere else in California, a different weed map will pop up showing the information you want but it will be in your area.

Do I need an appointment to meet with a licensed doctor?

You don’t need an appointment to meet with a doctor. Their hours will be listed on weedmaps.com/ — but you do need to bring a valid California picture ID. If you have medical documentation, bring it along. It will help substantiate your need for medical cannabis.

If the doctor feels you qualify for medical cannabis, he/she will write you a recommendation that will be valid for one year. It won’t have your picture on it but for an additional small fee you can get a photo identification card. I highly recommend it — just in case law enforcement stops you.

I have my card. Now where do I go to buy medical cannabis?

You go back to weedmaps.com/  The great thing about this site is that it rates dispensaries. It’s like Yelp for weed.

You will also notice that some dispensaries only do deliveries. Actually, that is a great idea for those of you who have limited transportation or don’t want to be seen going into one of these places. There are so many people using medical cannabis these days, including people who work for companies who frown on marijuana no matter what it’s used for. Signing up for delivery is a way to get around that and keep your anonymity.

The dispensary rating system on weedmaps.com/ is also helpful to us newbies. Not all dispensaries are alike. I suggest finding a dispensary that has employees who are knowledgeable about their product and willing to help you find the strain that is right for your medical needs.  Once inside a dispensary, you will be surprised how many strains of cannabis there are to choose from.

I live in Anaheim and I am literally surrounded by a half dozen other cities within a couple of blocks. Those cities only go for a couple of miles or less and I am back in Anaheim again. Whoever drew the city property lines must have been stoned because it doesn’t make sense. What I’m getting at, is that each city has their own rules as to where a dispensary can operate and what they can sell. All can sell plants but not all can sell edibles. The great thing is all dispensaries have phones — call them before you drive to their location and find out what they carry — you will find some that some are no longer in business — for one reason or another. Calling ahead of time will save you time and gas.

Let’s say you decide to buy small plants. It’s not hard to grow your own. There are places you can buy everything you need to have a hydroponic grow system in the comfort of your own home. Google “hydroponic stores” in your area to find one. I strongly suggest growing indoors as opposed to outside because when the plant matures it will give off a strong odor that anyone over the age of  twelve will recognize as pot. It will invite trouble.

Here is my quick personal story. Several years ago my husband got his medical cannabis card and bought a small plant. He grew it outside in our backyard — the weather in Northern California seems to be an excellent place to grow it because that sucker grew fast. Within a few months it was seven feet tall and I could smell it from a few doors down. My neighbors obviously did too.

Two weeks before it was ready to be harvested, we came home to find we had interrupted a thief who was in the middle of stealing the whole plant. He/she got away with almost half of it by chopping off the plant.  We had to immediately cut down the remainder and dry it indoors. We never found out who the pot thief was. They must have jumped over the backyard fence.

That’s why I recommend growing indoors and do not advertise what you are doing. It is legal but that won’t prevent someone from stealing what is yours.

I just found a place on line called BudTrader, an online local marketplace for medical cannabis that includes several states. The ads are updated continuously like Craigslist. It has a lot of information.

If you want more information, like recipes or resource guide, you can find it by clicking on these websites. They are by no means the only sites, they are the ones I found so far.

United Patients Group

Phoenix Tears

Medical Marijuana – Ask Jan

Cannabis as Medicine

THC Total Health Care

Cannabis Search (includes recipes)

Green Cookbook

NORML Working to reform Cannabis Laws

This list should get you started. If you have more questions, please leave me a comment below or if you want, you can email me for a private conversation.

*** Here comes the disclaimer (of sorts):

I want to make sure my readers understand that there are no magic bullets to guarantee 100% that a cancer patient will fully recover. That goes for patients who choose conventional treatment and alternative. Cancer is a tricky bitch. Even if your doctor tells you there are no signs of cancer, individual cells can lay dormant in the body for years and then BAM it’s back!  It doesn’t mean it will. But nothing is for sure.

My doctor read me a list of negative side effects — including cancer from the conventional treatments I was about to get. I signed on the dotted line anyway. It was my “well informed” choice. I knew the risks. And I knew I would do the research myself to find a way to get my immune system back on track.

That is why I stress eating a healthy, alkaline diet and controlling stress. You have a better chance (in my opinion) of remaining cancer free. Most of the patients taking medical marijuana as treatment also included a laundry list of supplements and diet change. It requires effort on the patient to do their part to get well and stay that way. The patient must be part of the team.

I will continue posting updates about medical marijuana and other proven alternative treatments as I find them. I hope this helped you. This concludes my award winning series “Medical Marijuana.”

If you missed my other MM posts – you can find them here:

Medical Marijuana Part 1

Medical Marijuana Part 2

Medical Marijuana Part 3

Peace Out!

Inge

Medical Marijuana Part 3

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So by now, hopefully, you read some pretty incredible stories from people who survived cancer using medical marijuana from my earlier posts — but now what? I mean how does one buy or make hemp oil? And is there another way to ingest it? How does cannabis help in managing and treating diseases and illness?  I don’t know the answers to these questions either — I am learning along with you.

To be honest, when I was sick with cancer, I didn’t know anything about medical marijuana, except when I ate cookies made with cannabis butter — I stopped throwing up. I did not know of people who were using it to cure their cancer. And I don’t know if I would have given up on conventional treatment and gone with hemp oil. Back then my roller coaster ride with conventional treatment kept my brain pretty foggy — my window of opportunity was too narrow and I didn’t have the luxury of doing intensive Internet research. I had a hard enough time just staying awake from all the pain meds. I wasn’t in any shape to make any major decisions — in fact my son was my Advance Directive.

But that was then and this is now. Now I am very interested in learning more.

You might already know this, but I didn’t — heating cannabis (either through smoking or other ways) releases the main psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and that’s why we get stoned. Ok, I knew it was the THC that got me high when I was younger but I didn’t know it was the act of smoking that put things in motion. Ingesting raw cannabis does not get you stoned.

I didn’t get stoned from eating cannabis cookies when I was going through treatment, but maybe that was because I was already high from the many opiates I was taking on a regular basis to control pain. And believe me, my anal cancer was a huge pain-in-my-ass!

I should also mention that my doctor prescribed Marinol (a synthetic version of a cannabinoid). It did not work for me. I was still nauseated and I could not eat. The real cannabinoid from the marijuana plant did work.

Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body by humans and animals. They play an important role in regulating inflammation processes. Inflammation is linked to cancer.  Phytocannabinoids (also called natural cannabinoids, herbal cannabinoids, and classical cannabinoids) are known to occur in several different plant species. These include Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, Acmella oleracea, Helichrysum umbraculigerum, and Radula marginata.[10] The best known herbal cannabinoids are Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from Cannabis and the lipophilic alkamides (alkylamides) from Echinacea species.

I got this information from the National Cancer Institute website:

Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug-like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also known as phytocannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid in Cannabis is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol, which may relieve pain and lower inflammation without causing the “high” of delta-9-THC.

Hopefully this information has helped you better understand cannabinoids and how they can be used to fight cancer. But now what? Information is good, but putting that information into action seems daunting. Thank the Goddess for the Internet! It seems to have answers to all the questions I ask…

Where can you buy hemp oil?

If you are lucky enough to live in one of the twenty states that legalized medical marijuana, you will find hemp oil in a marijuana dispensary. You won’t find it online and get it in the mail. You have to show up in person.

There is something called hemp seed oil and it is not the same thing as hemp oil. Hemp seed oil is a dietary supplement that can be purchased online, but it will not work for cancer treatment. It must be hemp oil.

What if I don’t live in a state where it’s legal yet?

Ask anyone in their twentys. They know where to buy cannabis. You probably won’t be able to buy the oil ready made but you can make your own. Thanks to the Internet you can learn how to make it from the cannabis dried leaves and flowers. I found a good hemp oil recipe that includes all the weed terminology you ever wanted to know on wikiHow.com… I will admit though, it looks like a lot of work.

Is there another way to ingest cannabis to kill cancer?

Apparently, yes. According to Donald Abrams M.D. (the same guy in the video above) juicing is a good alternative and believes that marijuana should be classified a vegetable. Vegetables are typically defined as a “herbaceous plant grown for an edible part, usually eaten as part of a meal.” This typically refers to the leaf, stem, flower, or root of a plant. In 1967, the meaning of “vegetable,” was specified to mean, “Plant cultivated for food, edible herb or root.” Some vegetables may be eaten raw, and others must be cooked in order to be edible. When certain fruits and vegetables are heated, they lose tons of beneficial enzymes and nutrients. Cannabis is no different.

Move over Jamba Juice, Ganja Juice is coming to a town near you. Well, actually I made that up… but it could happen. We never thought medical marijuana would be legal ten years ago either.

William L. Courtney, MD who has done research of cannabis as a dietary supplement states, there are real health benefits to drinking cannabis juice. The body is able to tolerate larger dosages of cannabinoids when cannabis is consumed in the raw form. This is because when you smoke cannabis, the THC actually acts as a CB1 receptor agonist and your body can only absorb about ten mg at a time. If it is consumed in its raw state the body can absorb up to five or six hundred milligrams.

Dr. Courtney is from Mendocino California, an area well known for hemp fields. He has an interesting biography…of course we never hear about him on mainstream television. He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University. He is currently a member of International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. He works with dispensaries in Europe and US interested in providing high dose raw / juiced cannabis to seriously ill patients.

Dr. Courtney explains the importance of cannabis to the planet in this video:

Stay tuned for Part 4 of my Award Winning Blog Series…. Medical Marijuana…

(if you missed part 2 click here)

Peace and Good Health!

Inge

Medical Marijuana Part 2

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I have been on the Internet literally for hours and hours, looking for cancer survivors who used medical marijuana aka cannabis as treatment and I found quite a lot so far.  Since there are so many, I will post only a few and instead of telling each one’s story myself, I chose to post links to them so you can read them for yourself.

I also want to add that medical cannabis/hemp/marijuana has been successful in treating other diseases, like seizures. I found some stories about kids whose parents are treating them with hemp oil and their seizures are not as severe or as often. I will include their stories as well.

Let’s start with brain cancer and how cannabis kills it. I got this from Medical Marijuana Wikipedia (notice the study was done in Spain):

A study by Complutense University of Madrid found the chemicals in cannabis promote the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves in a process called autophagy. The research team discovered that cannabinoids such as THC had anticancer effects in mice with human brain cancer cells and in people with brain tumors. When mice with the human brain cancer cells received the THC, the tumor shrank. Using electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken both before and after a 26-to 30-day THC treatment regimen, the researchers found that THC eliminated cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The patients did not have any toxic effects from the treatment; previous studies of THC for the treatment of cancer have also found the therapy to be well tolerated.

The following is an x-ray of an 8 month old child’s brain, with brain cancer treated with cannabis oil:

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Brain scan of 8 month old Cannabis patient. Oil on pacifier twice daily = cured inoperable cancerous tumor, returned brain to normal.

The Huffington Post wrote about this toddler’s story in 2012 and you can read more here.

A seven-year old girl in Oregon was treated for Leukemia with medical marijuana. You can read more about her story here. By the way she is one of 2,200 patients authorized by the state of Oregon to use it for cancer treatment.

This woman’s name is JoAnne Crowther. She was diagnosed with Intravascular lymphoma in 2009. This is her story:

I found Lindsey’s story on Cancer Compass website. She cured herself of stage three colon cancer using hemp oil.

There are several Face Book pages discussing medical marijuana you might want to check out. They usually have the most current updates about medical marijuana news. The ones I LIKED are: Cancer Compass~An Alternate Route (this page also posts different kinds of alternative therapies, not just hemp)  David’s Angels- Cannabis Cancer Survivors is another one of my favorites.

I almost forgot… (darn you chemo-brain!)  Here is one of the stories about cannabis oil used in treating kids with seizures, she was featured on CNN a couple of months ago.

As you might have noticed the name Phoenix Tears kept coming up in each of the testimonies. I will do more research into this oil and what other forms might be used to achieve the same results…which is killing cancer cells.

If you like what you read so far, but want more scientific proof, I found this video just for you. It does a good job explaining how cannabis kills cancer cells.

If you enjoyed that video, how about watching another one? It’s a bit longer but when you’re stoned who keeps track of time? (Just kidding!)

Stay tuned for Part 3 of my Award Winning Blog Series…. Medical Marijuana…

(If you missed Part 1 — you will find it here)

Peace and Good Health!

Inge