Archive for the ‘My Cannabis Adventures’ Category

The Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle Project

A few years back, at some cannabis industry event, I met Jerry Whiting. If you’ve ever met Jerry, you probably know he is a jovial, kind, and generous man who does a lot for the cannabis community and has a great deal of knowledge about using the plant for improving health in those with serious ailments and also those who are healthy and wanting to stay that way.

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Jerry was the one who introduced me to the experience of regularly using cannabidiol (CBD) as part of my cannabis regimen. His line of LeBlanc CNE high CBD and low THC tinctures proved to be life altering in my long term cannabis use. He is also the one who taught me exactly how to decarboxylate cannabis without all the bad information that exists out there on the interweb. Here is a link if you want to learn how to decarb too…

This year Jerry, through his brand LeBlanc CNE, launched an educational cannabis health podcast  peppered with special guests and his own very entertaining stories. I am happy and privileged to be a regular contributor on the podcast. Here is the show Jerry and I recently did about using cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle.

I also recently launched a motivational food and health blog, Butterfly Sessions, as part of my work as a holistic health coach. Follow me there for motivation to keeping a healthy lifestyle and original recipes of seasonal, hemp, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free meals and treats that are easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious.

Peace.

 

Cannabis Mamas Will Be Criminals July 1

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NORML Women of Washington May 2016

I’m fresh from the monthly NORML Women of Washington meeting held on the second Saturday of each month at Uptown Espresso in Westlake, Seattle.

I felt some very real anxiety during the meeting when we were talking about what happens to cannabis patients in July. As far as we knew, there are only a few stores that will be set up to provide to cannabis patients when the new laws take effect.

This informed group of cannabis patients, caregivers, and mothers to patients was unable to give a good answer as to where they will be getting their cannabis medicines, come July 1. Correction, they knew where they would be able to get it still but they would become criminals if they did so.

Right now most of us have been getting our medicine from the cannabis farmer’s markets, patient collectives, or medical cannabis shops that had set up under the old laws and are now shutting their doors. We have access to a large number of unique strains, high CBD cannabis, plus specialized small batch tincture, topical, and concentrate artisans. Anything you can imagine I can get already made or I know a gal who can do that. However, the people who have been honing their cannabis crafts and providing to patients for years are now going to be criminals if they keep doing what they are doing without merging into the legal cannabis market.

It is not that we don’t embrace change or want to comply with the new laws, at this point it appears to be an access issue. We have yet to find the medicine we are accustomed to in the new legal market. While this may not seem like a big deal for many, this becomes a very serious issue when there are adults and babies literally being kept alive with specific cannabis medicine.

Imagine if all the drug pharmacies in the state but a few were able to provide for even a couple of months. It would be pill popper pandemonium. 

The stores that sell medical cannabis will be staffed with a state certified MMJ consultant and register you with the state through their system. I have not began to navigate the registry system but I will for sure let you know what it is like. So far, I don’t like it.

The NORML Women of Washington are having a protest on June 30th at Union and 6th in Seattle at the I-5 entrance from 4pm-7pm to demonstrate the fact that we all would become criminals on July 1 if we do not conform to the new limitations being imposed upon us and how it impacts families in Washington. Join Us! 

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be going to the cannabis farmer’s markets in Black Diamond, Tacoma, and Olympia  as often as possible until they have their final events and shut their doors. It’s a special culture I’m sad to see change and I hope to capture and share as much of it as possible before it is gone.

Through the anxiety of the whole situation, I still feel positive and feel fired up to spread the word that these changes are coming fast and you need to get prepared.

Peace.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

2015: My Lifestyle In Cannabis

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MJBA at Seattle Hempfest

Adventures With The MJBA: Seriously, it is never boring at the MJBA. For a year and a bit I have happily worked on their social media team and captured videos for Marijuana Channel One.  Around the fall I needed to change my schedule and stepped away from the daily social media work I was doing on MJ News Network. Really though, my adventures with MJBA continue on and 2016 looks like a bright year for all of us. Many thanks to David, Morgan, and Roxann for making this one of the most fun jobs I ever did have.  

 

Meeting Jerry Whiting From LeBlanc CNE. If you don’t know Jerry Whiting, let me just tell you that he is a thunder and lightning storm of vibrant positive energy in the cannabis world. After being introduced to his CBD rich tincture earlier this year and trying a few different batches it quickly became one of my favorite go-to medicines for inflammation, migraines, back pain, and muscle spasms. Without a doubt his tinctures and liniments have provided me me a higher quality of life in this body. Thank you so much, Jerry, for spreading your knowledge, kindness, and generosity, my way.  

Dr. Ethan Russo and TwiceBakedinWAMeeting Dr. Ethan Russo. I initially met Dr. Russo by randomly striking up a conversation about raw cannabis juice at a Vimea event on Vashon Island. While I didn’t realize who he was until he handed me a business card, I was tickled pink to have met a neurologist who also knew so much about cannabis. Over the summer I got to see him speak multiple times about terpenes and cannabinoids and learn from his decades of research. Dr. Russo showed me what I should seek out in cannabis for my conditions and reminded me to always take the smallest dose of THC necessary rather than looking for the highest dose tolerable. Meeting him was definitely a treasure for me in 2015.

The Depression And The Migraines.  I really struggled in 2015 with what seemed like more migraines and deeper depressions  than I have seen for a long time and while that may not seem like a positive thing it pushed me to study. I learned so much this year about sleep, the brain, immunity, and gut health that despite all the pain and anguish, I came through alive, wiser, and more equipped to continue life in this body for another trip around the sun.

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MJBA Women’s Alliance

The Women of Cannabis. I found myself at over a dozen female only cannabis professional and social events this year. One standout favorite was the MJBA Women’s Alliance Retreat last July in Hoodsport where a small group of big thinking women spent time in nature brainstorming ways to make the cannabis world better and then went off and started following through. The beauty of these women is that they are full of life, down to earth, they work hard, and they know a lot about cannabis. One of my goals this year was to spend more time with women in the industry and I would say that is a continued goal for next year as well. This uplifting community of women is a beautiful part of the cannabis movement and one that I am grateful to be part of.

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Raw Cannabis Juicing Garden

Growing My Own Cannabis. Successfully, I was able to grow healthy, organic CBD cannabis for regular raw dietary consumption all summer. Learning from experienced organic cannabis farmers was a major game changer. Ideally I would be able to grow all year but for now I am grateful to be able to do what I can in the summertime. Starting next year, when the medical cannabis laws change in Washington, the only way I will literally be able to access raw cannabis is to grow my own so I am very thankful for all the gardening experience that I gained this year.

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Random Recognition. Being recognized for my work on TwiceBakedinWA was a very welcome theme in 2015. Not only did I get accolades online like this article listing me as number 8 in the top cannabis health websites but I also met new online followers at every single event this year. It is such a treat to have my works acknowledged and to see my intentions come back to me in a positive way.

Thank you for reading and sharing my adventures in health and food and cannabis. May 2016 bring abundant health and may we all be able to learn more about how cannabis and get it legalized in many more places.

Happy New Year! -TwiceBakedinWA

 

The Women In Cannabis Who Keep Me Lifted

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Last night I attended MJBA Women’s Alliance ‘Power To Influence’ at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, WA. Surrounded by lady politicians, business owners, advocates, moms, and grandmas I had my spirits lifted and was reminded why I am sitting here right now plinking on a keyboard about cannabis.

When I joined my first women’s cannabis group, a couple of years ago, I didn’t have my face on my blog, any kind of social media around it, and was nervous to come out publicly as a cannabis blogger and user. It was then that I attended a party with Washington Bud Company’s, Shawn Denae, and expressed my concerns about having my face attached to marijuana. She gave me a look I’ll never forget and told me that they are all putting themselves way out there so if I mean what I’m doing, then go for it. The very next day I updated my blog to include a picture of myself and never looked back. I’m not sure she even knows she did that for me and I am forever grateful that she did.

But this is what I’m talking about. When I hang around these women in cannabis I am spoken to candidly while still feeling supported and I am reminded that I am not alone on this path. I have a whole tribe of powerful women in my camp who want to see me succeed and celebrate with me.

Knowing the women in cannabis that I do has definitely changed me. When I see how brave, ambitious, and hard-working they are I feel empowered to do more.

Also, one of the best things about spending time in the cannabis industry is that it has expanded my personal vision of what it means to be a female. Cannabis ladies are a special breed and by bringing together our diversities, we are the ones who will also be lifting the world into normalization after legalization.

Washington’s Medical Cannabis Farmer’s Markets Remain Open, For Now

With recent changes to the medical cannabis laws in Washington the future of medical cannabis farmer’s markets are looking bleak and uncertain.

One market, MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, announced this week that after years of providing a safe access point for thousands of medical cannabis patients they would be shutting down by August 8th. This announcement came shortly after a press conference by the King County Sheriff that said all medical cannabis dispensaries will need to shut their doors if they are not part of the regulated system that Washington has created for recreational use.

When I arrived at the MMJ Universe market on Saturday, I was pleasantly greeted with a sign that said, “We are staying open.” Apparently, they have been advised that they will be able to remain operating until at least October and possibly beyond.

Most of the cannabis vendors that I talked to there were relieved to hear this news but still very apprehensive to feel optimistic because of how the new laws are requiring a major cutback in what they are able to provide for themselves and other patients.

As a patient who frequents these cannabis markets, I would love to see these special places continue to operate in the state. They provide an important and safe place where people can access affordable medicine, learn about many different strains, how to use them, and regularly come together as part of a larger cannabis community.

To check out my video at MMJ Universe on Marijuana Channel One, click here:

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

Dr. Ethan Russo On Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

This week I made the trek to Vashon Island to see a talk on Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency by Dr. Ethan Russo at the monthly VIMEA meetup.

Speaking to a full room of cannabis patients, growers, processors, and enthusiasts, Dr. Russo zoned in on chronic medical conditions that demonstrate endocannabinoid deficiency.

One of the biggest things that I took away was his point that the fact that the brain and the gut are very connected. You can’t have a healthy brain without a healthy gut and vice versa. I also appreciated that he mentioned other natural ways to boost your endocannabinoid system: proper sleep, cardiovascular exercise, and consuming an anti-inflammatory diet.

I totally get that dealing with an endocannabinoid deficiency is about bringing your body into homeostasis. It seems simple enough to just use cannabis to boost your system but it really takes effort to put the other lifestyle pieces together.

As Dr. Russo stood there talking in depth about migraines I was ironically sitting in the audience with my hat low because my eyes were feeling sensitive to the lights and I had my own migraine coming on. I left feeling more determined than ever to keep on my own health regimen with the passion it requires even despite the migraine that put me in bed the next day.

I am very grateful to have been able to see Dr. Russo speak and to learn more about not only cannabis but ways to help the very conditions I am dealing with. What a treasure.

-TwiceBakedinWA