Posts Tagged ‘health’

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.

 

Why Does Medical Cannabis Feel So Second Class?

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One of the most fascinating and annoying parts of using medical cannabis is how I repeatedly feel treated as a second class patient or citizen for my health choices. Not only by the occasional friend but also medical professionals and even society in general.

Ask anybody who is seeking out how to legally use medical cannabis, it is a journey filled with prejudices.

First, you have to self educate and get over the stigma of being told it is a dangerous drug, used by losers and addicts with no brain cells who sit around all day playing video games and eating munchies on the couch.

Then, you have to have the talk with your doctor. In some cases you will have to seek out a new doctor if yours is uneducated about cannabis or unwilling to have the conversation with you. If all else fails your last option is to go to one of those medical cannabis clinics that staffs a doctor (often a naturopath) who will give you an evaluation and recommend cannabis if you match the state’s prequalifying medical conditions that allows them to suggest you use cannabis. You will just need to provide your current medical records that show you have been seen by other doctors, confirm your diagnosis, and show you have tried other pharmaceutical drugs before ever considering cannabis.

Now that you have your state required recommendation, which was not free or paid for by insurance, you have to start the search for your cannabis medicine. Currently there is no pharmacy that your doctor can connect you with so it is literally up to you to find a legal cannabis shop and figure out what products work best for you.

Now, you are officially out of the modern medical system and in a whole other class that is not recognized by insurance, doctors, or even the federal government as a valid and effective medical treatment.

It is not uncommon when conversing about health for people to ask me if I am being seen by a ‘real doctor.’ I can’t even begin to tell you how offensive that is on so many levels but it highlights what I’m talking about perfectly. Although I regularly see my doctor once a month, if I am not being seen by a western medicine doctor I have been given the vibe they don’t think that I am truly looking after my health very well.

I have met many cannabis patients who have been dwelling outside of the western medical system to help manage or cure their issues for years and now find themselves in a perpetual B-Class system of sorts where they are responsible for finding, preparing, dosing, even growing their own cannabis medicine. They have found that cannabis works better for them than the pharmaceutical alternatives and are willing to jump through the hoops to use a natural medicine even if it puts them on the fringe of society.

No matter how good your health insurance benefits might be, your medical cannabis is not covered by insurance and is therefore paid for out of pocket by you.

To review, it is not that hard to get medical marijuana. All you have to do find the right doctor, prove you have qualifying medical conditions, seek out where to buy it, figure out how to take it, and be able to pay for it out of pocket.

I know that to simply remain a legal cannabis patient this weird journey is not over because I currently have all of those things figured out for myself. Never mind the constantly changing laws, if I move or need to find a new doctor I will have to deal with all of these same issues again.

Cannabis may be an A-class medicine but it totally still comes with B-class prejudices.

-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

 

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

The Raw Cannabis Juice Shot

Raw Cannabis Juice with a squeeze of lemon.

Raw Cannabis Juice with a squeeze of lemon.

Cheers. I am taking my raw cannabis shot with a squeeze of lemon this morning. The citrus cuts the strong flavor of the cannabis.

Something to note, that you don’t see in the video, is that I followed my juice shot with a hot drink that has coconut oil in it. The fat helps the body absorb the nutrients and cannabinoids in the juice shot.

This week I am focusing on stress relief amidst a full work schedule. The goal is to focus on my meditation practice and stay present with the people I am with in order to take in everything that is happening around me.

May you have a great week as well.

Thank you for tuning in!

-TwiceBakedinWA

Steamed Spice Hemp Milk

This morning I woke up feeling a little achey, my fingers and toes were freezing, and my energy was a little low. I decided to make a hot drink that would attempt to help my circulation, inflammation, and feed my soul.

I combined hemp milk and spices and turned them into a morning drink that is tasty and nourishing.

Steamed Spice Hemp Milk (2 servings)

1T turmeric

1T ginger

1T cinnamon

1/8t cardamom

2C hot water

1C steamed hemp milk

1) Blend the spices with the hot water.

2) Add spiced liquid to the steamed hemp milk.

3) Add honey to taste, if desired and enjoy immediately.

May this week bring us all more movement and better flexibility.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Cannapple Ginger Juice

This is a simply delightful cannabis juice that tastes like a spicy treat as it saturates your endocannabinoid system.

Dust off the juicer for this one!

Cannapple Ginger Juice

-50 grams of fresh raw cannabis leaves

-2 carrots

-1 apple

-1 inch piece of raw ginger

1) Soak cannabis leaves in cool water for a few minutes before juicing.

2) Put all ingredients through your juicer.

Makes two servings.

Cheers to your health!

Raw Cannabis Rules

Raw Cannabis Rules

-TwiceBakedinWA