Archive for July, 2015

Access To Medical Cannabis In Washington Is Changing

Access To Medicinal Cannabis Is Changing in Washington.

Access To Medicinal Cannabis Is Changing in Washington.

I started this blog because I wanted to share the challenges and triumphs of using medicinal cannabis. Back then I didn’t know many other cannabis users never mind ones who knew how to use it medicinally. Through books and the internet I taught myself how to cook with it and started eating it for my health issues.

Once I got my medical cannabis recommendation my first access to it was at a chosen dispensary 30 minutes from my house. I would really only buy cannabis flower there because the only other thing they had were edibles ‘poisoned’ with gluten, dairy, and sugar not to mention a little expensive for somebody taking multiple doses each day. From there I would take my flowers and make my own cooking oils and edibles.

These days my access looks much different. I was eventually able to join a collective garden where I not only have access to quality, organic flower but fresh leaves for juicing, and solventless concentrates. While there, I am able to learn how to grow my own garden and ways to process my own plants. This type of insight has been invaluable as a patient who, in the perfect world, would like to eventually grow all my own strain specific garden.

Through networking and visiting every medical cannabis farmer’s market I could, I found a few favorite MMJ growers and processors who I can go to for strain specific cooking oils, superfood edibles, topicals, oral care products, and suppositories at a reasonable cost. I so appreciate having these people in my life. They teach me something each time we talk and I don’t have to work nearly as hard to get the specific medicine that I need. I can give them a list of terpenes that I need and they not only know what I’m talking about, they are able to hand me back products, not just flower, that do exactly what I need them to do.

With the changes to the medical cannabis laws in Washington, my access is also potentially changing back to the similar dispensary experience it was when I started taking it. My collective is being significantly shrunk. They are having to go from 15 plants per patient to 15 plants for the entire collective property to supposedly service everybody involved. While I work with some very impressive growers, time will tell if they are able to produce enough medicine with the new limits.

My access to infused edible makers that only existed in the medical marijuana market are also going to disappear unless they get into the regulated cannabis market. The products will not likely be as cost effective or strain specific if they even exist at all. Who is going to come out with a regulated cannabis suppository? 

One more big change that affects me is the reduction of how much cannabis I am allowed to keep at one time. This could even affect the way I am juicing raw cannabis. The very way that I thrive on cannabis requires plenty of plant matter and while I don’t get high from using it like this, when available I make it an effort to consume several ounces of cannabis in one day if I am taking in in raw juice form. If I couldn’t juice anymore, it would feel like a step backwards in my health management.

The future of medical cannabis in Washington seems to be changing daily and keeping up with these changes to protect myself and my family has been weighing heavily on me. Where I may have felt carefree about using cannabis in the past, for the moment, I feel somewhat oppressed as I am learning and adapting to the changing cannabis laws.

While I’m trying to maintain a positive attitude about the fact that I still have safe access to legal cannabis, I can’t help but feel concerned that my herbal medicine has been severely restricted, not because my doctor has prescribed me less but because uneducated law makers decided it made sense.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Cannabis Prevents My Suicide

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Suicide and cannabis often only shows up in the media as reefer madness propaganda about people consuming marijuana edibles and either killing themselves or somebody else when the reality is that cannabis is daily helping the suicidal who are able to choose this as a treatment.

I first heard of cannabis and suicide while watching a video by Coral Reefer, where she was talking about cannabis preventing suicide by providing a valuable tool for the severely depressed. I really appreciated her openness with the subject and it opened me up to talking more freely about my own cannabis use for depression.

Then I met Patrick from Rainier Xpress, a medical cannabis collective in Olympia, who is creating a supportive medical cannabis community for  veterans. From him I learned that 22 veterans per day are committing suicide from PTSD. His hope is that all veterans will have the option to put a cannabis vape pen in their mouth instead of a gun when they get the urge to ever end their life. I admire his strengths in putting himself so out there with a very intense topic.

I am fully aware that you can use cannabis to manage depression because I do it myself. I understand that when I am feeling dark and anxious it is a physiological issue and that I will need to physically look after my brain in order to pull through that depressed state. Cannabis helps immensely to lift dark moods and the anxiety feeders that they travel with.

The idea of suicide is nothing new to me and while I have wanted to exit this body more than once, successfully dealing with it to keep living has taught me to treat myself with more compassion and stay vigilant about following a lifestyle that supports positive mental health. Going through a bout of severe depression and anxiety is scary and confusing and not at all a reflection of your perceived reality of life but more a literal lack of nourishment to the brain.

Cannabis, good sleep, regular exercise, meditation, and proper nutrition are the main daily tools I use to keep me lifted from depression, anxiety… and as dark as it is to say, even suicide. Taking care of my mental health is one of the main reasons I use cannabis because when my depression and anxiety are managed I also experience less pain and inflammation. How about that?

Stay lifted, my friends.

-TwiceBakedinWA